Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 16:32 UTC
Gnome Not even GNOME itself could ignore the GNOME 3 criticism for much longer. "As part of the planning for the DropOrFixFallbackMode feature, we've decided that we will compile a list of supported gnome-shell extensions. This will be a small list, focused on just bringing back some central 'classic' UX elements: classic alt tab, task bar, min/max buttons, main menu. To ensure that these extensions keep working, we will release them as a tarball, just like any other module."
Thread beginning with comment 543527
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
I like gnome shell
by Coxy on Thu 29th Nov 2012 09:48 UTC
Coxy
Member since:
2006-07-01

I think gnome shell is great, but then I never used gnome 2, I also don't use linux everyday, but when I do use it I find gnome and ubuntu very good.

I think the gnome people wanted to make something different, something that was so good you wouldn't feel the need to change anything, maybe so that users of macs and windows may try and swap to linux. I find it funny though that after years of reading from linux users in forums that linux shouldn't try and be like windows and should be different, the people behind gnome get slated by a vocal minority for doing just that. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Personally I have no interest in changing the way an OS looks, and don't ever change anything except the wallpaper, but I guess if you like to do that kind of stuff that fact that you can't change it would be annoying. But I have seldom seen anyone with a mac that changes anything about the way the os looks, or anyone on windows. I think this idea about changing the way everything looks appeals to just a tiny minority of nerds and powerusers... unfortunately for gnome, linux's userbase is entirely this minority, so much so that people who don't want to change everything are the minority.

I saw on linux action show this month that freiberg is going to stop using OOo and go back to MS office because of the split/fork to libre office. The presenters couldn't understand this, but normal people have no idea what a fork is, and to them there is a great deal of difference between OOo and libre office.

Forking gnome and having all these different desktops and projects just being abandoned by developers scares normal people... they want consistency and people don't see that in linux or open source.

Edited 2012-11-29 09:51 UTC

Reply Score: 4

RE: I like gnome shell
by zima on Sat 1st Dec 2012 08:13 in reply to "I like gnome shell"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I think this idea about changing the way everything looks appeals to just a tiny minority of nerds and powerusers... unfortunately for gnome, linux's userbase is entirely this minority

Maybe not so any more... Ubuntu & Unity doesn't seem to target them for example, and it might be the only non-Android distro with a nice growth (compare the shares of all Linux distros from http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2012-10/SquidRepor... with http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2011-10/SquidRepor... )
Oh yeah, and do we include Android or ChromeOS?

Reply Parent Score: 2