Linked by thesunnyk on Sun 23rd Sep 2012 22:14 UTC
Gnome "Gnome 3 has received a lot of disapproval of late, from the Gnome foundation being charged with not taking care of its users, or losing mindshare, to Gnome 3 itself being an unusable mess. I've been using Gnome 3 myself for a few months to sort the truth from the fiction, and to try and understand just how the Gnome foundation expects their newest shell to be used. I will end with some thoughts on how Gnome 3 can be improved. The review will require a fairly lengthy preface, however."
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Application centric
by Treza on Mon 24th Sep 2012 00:15 UTC
Treza
Member since:
2006-01-11

I'm not following current trends in Linux land, sticking with two years old installs, but I'm a bit sad that the app centric view is eventually dominating.

GUIs started with Lisp, Smalltalk and Document centric views (by "The Document Company", sic...). In that perspective, applications should not exist as monolithic binaries but merely as dynamically loaded tools for tweaking documents.

Commercial software have always favoured app centric and proprietary file formats. I have the impression that open source developers eventually gave up this fight.

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RE: Application centric
by thesunnyk on Mon 24th Sep 2012 01:04 in reply to "Application centric"
thesunnyk Member since:
2010-05-21

TBH I agree. I wanted to explain the models and not endorse one or the other. I really enjoyed spatial nautilus and was a fan overall of the document oriented workspace. It gave you lots of tiny windows and you generally felt like a multi-tasking king surveying your domain.

But people are less effective when multi-tasking, and the big issue with the document oriented desktop is organisation. Similar to how people used to stick all their email into well organised folders, but now it's all in one big chunk and you just use search (which is faster anyway). That sort of "all my stuff is in a database" fits better with the application model, so I conceded.

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