bimsebasse wrote:In what way is Gnome Shell a tablet interface?
I wanted to reply to that before, because I saw some month ago a blog post (likely on planet gnome) talking about the how they wouldn't make smaller "All Applications" buttons because it would be less touch-friently.
But today I saw this blog post http://afaikblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/welcome-to-the-post-wimp-era/
, which perfectly describes what I saw earlier. Let me quote (emphasis is mine):
Where does all this leave GNOME? GNOME 2 was firmly in the WIMP camp. With GNOME 3, we improved on that by starting to move away from the classic WIMP approach. There is no ‘desktop’ in GNOME 3, for example. The new GNOME 3 applications won’t typically behave like normal windows, either. They will be maximized by default and won’t have titlebars when they are maximized. A lot of the time you will not actually be able to tell that there is a window there at all.
Work to make GNOME 3 touch compatible is ongoing. Current design work is focusing on a number of areas, including scrolling. We are also developing touch compatible approaches to application design, so that new GNOME 3 applications will be effective with touchscreens. Here you will find click targets that are the right size for fingers, and we are making use of drag actions for key functionality. We are also planning ahead to make use of multitouch capabilities once they become available.
But touch does not come at the expense of pointing devices. GNOME 3 will remain a highly effective environment for pointer and keyboard input, which we will continue to optimise for. Many of the features of touch design, such as the use of drag actions and kinetic scrolling will be effective and enjoyable when using mouse input. Multitouch can also be used to positive effect with both touchpads and touchscreens. As this work progresses, those of us who contribute to GNOME design are finding that it is possible to create coherent designs that are effective using a variety of input devices.
I currently think that the modifications done in gnome-shell for tablet and touch-based control are too much degrading the UI for keyboard/mouse. Thank you, but I never maximize windows.
I don't say that it is not possible to have a good desktop working for both mouse+keyboard and touchscreen, but I think that Gnome3 is currently making too much concessions.