Ikey wrote:All of our understanding of computers, everything from our RFC's down to the HIG's, have been thrown down in an attempt to match competitors in the mobile workspace.
Perhaps the existing HIGs are being ignored because they were out-dated and no longer provided what we wanted. I have been using computers for at least 20 years and most every major OS and desktop UI in that time - nearly every Mac OS from 6 though the current 10.7, DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, XP, Vista, 7, KDE 4, xfce, Gnome 2, Gnome 3, Openbox and of all of those, I found the Gnome Shell interface the most intuitive and easiest to pick up. So rather than clinging to the old way of doing things, we should should be asking how we can improve on them to make the user experience better.
I want windows and icons on my desktops, its how I use it.
I've always hated having icons on my desktop. If I want to open an application, I will go to the Applications overlay/Start menu/navigate to the application binary and open it/use a keyboard-based application launcher. I don't want myriad shortcuts cluttering up my desktop workspace. The same goes for my files. I don't leave all my important files on top of my physical desk, that's where I get my work done, why should my computer's desktop be any different?
So why in gods name would we throw that all away, with these stupid full-screen-grabbing attention-seeking titlebarless app's that confuse the average user beyond common sense?
Have you actually used the Gnome Shell? I have six windows open in six different applications right now. They way they are layed out right now, I can see three of them. If I was working in something other than my web browser, I would be able to see more like 4-5 of them. The only things I ever run full screen are games and videos. Additionally, each and every window I have open has a title bar helpfully telling me what the application is (in case I can't tell from what is displayed in its window I suppose?).
Gnome 3 is essentially a mobile desktop scaled up to a large monitor. Seriously, the whole overview thing? Look at any Android web browser. Desktop full of icons with no *actual* desktop? Look at your blackberry's menu.
Can't say that I've used the Blackberry OS much, but I currently have an iOS and Android device sitting next to me on my desk. About the only similarities between Gnome 3 and those I can see is the grid layout for opening applications. At least in the GS Application overlay, the applications are listed in alphabetical order, which is far more sensible than whatever random arrangement the mobile OSs give you, and it allows you, on the fly, display specific application types to make the search easier.
C'mon people. Gnome 3 is the wrong direction and everyone knows it, it's about time someone said it.
A great many people have said that and it appears that they are being ignored. Probably because most people disagree. If the distro makers thought it was the wrong direction, they wouldn't be using Gnome 3 - instead many of the top distros on Distrowatch are using Gnome 3. If everyone knew Gnome 3 was the wrong direction, the MATE project would have exploded, but it appears to be a small, niche product used by only a few people. No one is forcing you to use Gnome 3, this is Linux, you are free to choose the DE you want to use. Go to KDE, xfce, or lxde. Try's Clem's Cinnamon, I hear that's generally well-liked. If nothing out there suits your needs, make your own DE, which it sounds like you are doing. Good on you, if you truly think you have a better way of interacting with the computer I look forward to seeing it.
Anyone who want's to go in that direction, fair play to you. I certainly won't. Anyone who wants to know how I'm actively against that and implementing counter-solutions, feel free to PM me.
Despite the fact I've been disagreeing with you throughout this post, I am genuinely curious what ideas you have. I certainly don't think Gnome Shell is the best desktop I will ever use, it does have its faults (although many of those are being fixed through further iterations of the desktop, remember we've only had 2 major releases thus far, and extensions) and if someone else was to release something I found superior, I'd start using that.
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