Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 23rd May 2014 21:51 UTC
Gnome Remember back when GNOME and KDE dominated Linux desktops? Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? Yet it was only three years ago, in April 2011, that GNOME 3 was released. Its radically redesigned interface shook up everyone. Some eagerly adopted it. Others left GNOME.

In this brief review I take a fresh look at GNOME today, as it's currently distributed in several popular Linux distributions.
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GNOME 3.12 on MacBook
by mdsama on Sun 25th May 2014 05:30 UTC
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I recently used GNOME 3.12 on a MacBook for a few weeks, and after a few appearance tweaks (smaller fonts, an "elegance" theme), it all looked good and worked well. The apps, in particular, with their unified titlebars/toolbars, were professional and polished.

I eventually gave up on it, though, because for me Shell was using about 500 megabytes of memory just to sit in the background, and it was generally slow, paging memory, to bring up just to launch an app.

Mine isn't a new computer, and more RAM would probably help. Still, for me it was a lot more sluggish than OS X. In the end, Shell is just a launcher and switcher, and didn't seem worth the resources, or really any great focus in the desktop at all.

(I'm quite happy with Openbox/Tint2/Pcmanfm for now. I mostly use Scribus, OpenOffice apps and some programming tools.)

As a more general note, in some way the extra layer of GNOME felt too far removed and independent from the rest of the system too. It'd be fine if I stay only within GNOME, but e.g. booting and drivers weren't covered (I don't think) in the System Settings, and I haven't got around to quite understanding where gconf/dconf fit in once you aren't using GNOME exclusively. This isn't GNOME's fault, at all really, but to me it was somewhat like whiplash: either do everything in the cocoon of GNOME or fall back to vi. And once you weren't in the GNOME environment, it was hard to tell how to make apps work together. Off the top of my head, I think I could make use of a GUI browser of system settings, just all the files in /etc and .config and wherever else settings are kept.

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