Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2012 20:44 UTC
Gnome "Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 3.6, the latest version of the popular free desktop, as well as the GNOME developer platform. GNOME 3.6 is the third major update of GNOME 3. It builds on the foundations that we have laid with the previous 3.x releases and offers a greatly enhanced experience. The exciting new features and improvements in this release include a new login experience, integrated input methods, a refresh of the message tray, support for more online accounts, improved accessibility, and many more."
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torturedutopian
Member since:
2010-04-24

I used to criticize Gnome 3 a lot. Then I realized (IMHO) :

- most of the underlying technologies are essential to Ubuntu, Cinnamon etc. and are of very good quality

- it managed to be stable almost right from the start which is far to be the case of other DEs. I spent years trying all combos of common distros / DEs etc. and G3 + Debian is the only combination that didn't disappoint me

- you can tweak it a lot if you don't like the default workflow. Install Axe Menu, Panel Docklet and turn it into a regular desktop in two clicks and in a very clean & integrated way (from extensions.gnome.org)

- it's a bit tiring to hear so many people hailing "forks" of Gnome Shell, when SO MUCH good work is put into it and when the essential was done by the GS team. OK, the defaults are not good for everyone but you have 1) extensions 2) fallback mode.

- it's a bit tiring to hear complains about removed feature etc., when people don't try to understand what was also added. The new Nautilus removes a few little useful features, but adds some clever ones, and fixes important broken feature. And I hear people spitting at the developers and hailing developers who re-implement a button toolbar or things like that.


It's not perfect. Depending on the use cases, it might make you lose quite some time with the defaults (but it's also a matter of getting used to it).

But overall (stability, quality, extensibility, consistency) this is the best we can get, IMHO, in the OSS world. And I can tell you I was a Gnome 3 hater for a long time until I realized the real state of the other alternatives (even if, also, so much good work is also put in KDE, Cinnamon, Unity etc., so much good work wasted, IMHO, but poor testing, useless splits / divisions, bad management)

A good development model, with a wide scope (not just tweaking the desktop !!!), and good testing is really what counts the most, in the end, IMHO.

Edited 2012-09-29 11:31 UTC

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ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

Gnome 3 could become the leading Linux desktop again, provided that:

1. reversed some technical decisions (bring back a panel, get rid of the modal design),
2. detach from the designers and their ideas that brought (1).

Only then Gnome could become useful to their users, and only then the project could win back their trust. And that would still mean that Gnome would have to work their way up from a much user-base than it used to have 3 years ago.

As it is, it is a nice toy for 10-20% of Linux users but it won't be the dominant Linux desktop, and it won't be setting the direction of Linux development.

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

Agreed, you just summarized what needs to be done.

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satsujinka Member since:
2010-03-11

What exactly would bringing back the panel do? Similarly, what's wrong with the modal design?

Honestly, there's really nothing particularly wrong with GNOME 3. It works fine, I didn't have any troubles using it when I sat down with it for a month when it first came out.

That said, I don't use a DE on a regular basis. I'm a tiling kind of guy.

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