Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC
Gnome

Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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It's fine by me
by testadura on Thu 27th Mar 2014 10:19 UTC
testadura
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2006-04-14

These releases might not be big deals, but I prefer it this way. Big deals imply big (or even braking) changes required because of problems. Little improvements indicate a solid working desktop environment where improvement is to be found in subtleties like styling improvements and less resource usage.

Since some years I am a very happy Gnome 3 user. It is stable, fast and supports my workflow with very little mouse usage. Besides this it is looking great: clean and easy on the eye!

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RE: It's fine by me
by charlieg on Thu 27th Mar 2014 11:58 in reply to "It's fine by me"
charlieg Member since:
2005-07-25

Yeah, the Gnome3 developers have copped a lot of flack over the years but I think their vision is crystalizing better than any of the other big DEs. Some of the screenshots accompanying the 3.12 release look really nice. They've streamlined the UI, made it look polished and professional, bringing coherency to their application suite.

https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.12/

It reminds me a bit of Luna from ElementaryOS, whose own updated release seems to be taking forever.

They are also doing things the right away around. Design, implement, react to feedback. KDE seems to react to feedback, implement, then design which leads to a very disjointed desktop. Whilst you may or may not agree with the Gnome UX vision, at least they have one that is clear and adhered to and now its out there they are refining it according to user feedback to improve it further.

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