Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby craig10x on Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:35 am

You can already add favorites to the panel and i believe the next version will have applets you can add to the panel as well...
Once again, new features are being added in gradually...patience my friend, patience :wink:
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby sagirfahmid3 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:17 pm

This is why I love LXDE. The few days that I kept Mint 12, first thing I did was sudo apt-get install lxde and used that as my main DE. Then...I removed Mint 12 and installed Mint 9 since MATE wasn't to my liking.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby Lumikki on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:13 pm

I don't like top panel. I don't hate it, but I consider one panel enough and lower place is better.
Example when I tryed to access some software's menu in left top corner, I often caused left top corner mouse gesture for system.
So, because software's has menus in top, the system control menus in my opinion is better to be in bottom.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby Skarjak on Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:29 pm

I downloaded linux mint 12 yesterday and spent hours exploring it. I just moved from Ubuntu 10.04. The time I spent with Unity on my work computer made it clear I should seek something with a different interface.

I have to say that I loooooooove Gnome shell. I like it so much I can't even comprehend why anyone would not like it (unless it's crashing on you, then I guess I can understand).

I don't know about you, but I have a pretty high sensitivity on my mouse. Flicking it to the top left corner to see the overlay is almost instantaneous. Switching between windows is so much easier that way, since you're actually clicking on the window based on what's it's showing. I tend to have problems selecting windows using the titlebars, I just end up clickibng on a bunch until I find what I was actually looking for (when you have 10 articles open, your email, firefox, and libre office impress, it can get quite messy...). But now I can just flick my mouse to the corner and instantly click on what I want to switch to. This is way faster than what I'm used to. And the controls from switching between workplaces are solid. Similarly, flicking my mouse to the bottom right corner for notifications is incredibly fast.

At first I missed some features, like having a places menu in the top left. But then I just put my "Files" icon at the top of my favorites, just below the upper-left corner, and it's actually much faster to go where I want to go now than before. I flick to the top left and go down a few cm, and bam, I'm browsing my files.

Being able to browse for extensions to gnome shell on firefox is just pure genius, I spent quite some time on that.

One by one, I've disabled most of the linux mint 12 gnome shell extensions, and I now have something pretty close to standard gnome 3. A show desktop button and having an active desktop are the only extensions I'd say are really necessary. I missed having a window list at first, not as a tool to actually switch between windows, but just to know what's open. But then, I can do the same by flicking my mouse to the top left...

This is going to make me so much faster. I love that this new interface makes it so you don't have to "aim" for icons anymore. You can just quickly flick your mouse between "regions" of your screen to do everything. And because the dock is hidden in an overlay, they can afford to give it really big buttons, again allowing you to just flick your mouse to them without needing to aim.

Another feature I love is having only a top panel. I've been using Xubuntu on my latop for a while, so I guess I'm used to having only one panel. Except this is even better, since the dock is accessed by going to the top. It just makes sense to put all controls at the top, then your cursor doesn't have to travel from top to bottom to reach different controls. In that note, I wish that when you open the overlay, the app categories (office, programming, etc.) were displayed on the left or near the top, that way you could switch them without moving from where your cursor already is. I also think the "windows" and "applications buttons should be bigger, but this is something I can live with.

So yeah, if Cinnamon becomes standard, I'll probably just install gnome shell. :) There's minor tweaks necessary to make gnome shell even faster, but it's already really great. I'm really puzzled to hear so many people dislike it.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby mruss on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:27 pm

I'm undecided on the Gnome shell. I read so much Gnome 3 hate that I was happy to find Skarjak's post here, explaining what's to like about it. Having the overlay pop up whenever I mouse over the top left corner initially drove me insane, but I'm getting used to it.

One thing I really don't like is the applications menu in the overlay. The default view is a huge grid of large icons with all the names cut off. If I could get this to look more like the "Detail" view in Nautilus (small icons in a vertical list wide enough to display the names) I'd be much happier.

I've got a Fedora server that I don't use as a desktop much... the default desktop on Fedora is now pure Gnome shell. My initial reaction was "confused." I think Mint 12 has a much "gentler" approach to the transition, since you can still get your old start-menu-style interface in the bottom taskbar, desktop icons are there by default, etc. I can see why some would complain about 2 taskbars; on my Mint box I've got a huge monitor, so I don't care about the lost pixels.

I like the principle of simplicity that seems to underlie a lot of the Gnome shell design, but if I want simple, I'll take Fluxbox any day of the week!
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby DMGrier on Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:20 pm

I love and hate it, I love the new look, it is so polished. the thing I do not like about it is how you can open the tradional gnome three in the top left corner, I do not need two ways to do thing so I find it pointless. The cool thing is I just don't put my curser there and I do not have to worry about it.

The thing I do not understand is how I am reading about people down grading there version of mint to get away from this new look. I am sure you all know were you log in at there is a option to go to the older look of Mint. So you keep up to date but you can keep your older GUI.

I think gnome did what they had to do is bring a U/I that both Linux users and non Linux users could use and enjoy, as a community we are just going through the time Windows users went through when they went from 2000 to XP or from either of those to Vista or Windows 7. I still see some of my buddies running Windows 7 using 2000 GUI.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby fr0stythesnowman on Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:40 am

As a grumpy old git, I like the old version. To me it's like trying to teach an old dog new tricks. I don't want to have to slap myself every time I forget I have to go to the top right corner instead of the bottom left every time I want to do something or turn the damned thing off. Also seems to be a lot less control over the whole system, like start-ups and so on, the control panel seems to have a lot less functions. Probably an attempt to make it idiot proof, but as someone once said, anything considered idiot-proof just hasn't met a sufficiently determined idiot.

PS: for MInt 13, might I suggest you lose the top bar and give a custom installer option that allows us to choose whether or not we want things like printer support, office software etc? Thanks. :)
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby wcn00 on Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:45 pm

Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate! Hate!
I'm evaluating Mint now, and I'll go try Cinnamon to see how it works. Linux has always been about choice in almost everything. I want to configure my desktop to match the 13 other desktops I use so I'm not constantly bewildered by what I've logged onto.
I'm not fussy, I just want absolute control!

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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby wcn00 on Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:54 pm

P.S. Installed Cinnamon... couldn't figure out how to move or remove the panels. ctrl-right/left click all the usual dances... and the panels just sit there. Time to shut this experiment down and go back to what Ido for a living. Its a crying shame that the os that saved me from windows 10 years ago is forcing me to reexamine windows 7....
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby eric k on Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:03 pm

wcn00 wrote:P.S. Installed Cinnamon... couldn't figure out how to move or remove the panels. ctrl-right/left click all the usual dances... and the panels just sit there. Time to shut this experiment down and go back to what Ido for a living. Its a crying shame that the os that saved me from windows 10 years ago is forcing me to reexamine windows 7....


Panel options are found in Cinnamon Settings under "Panel". You have three layouts: one panel, on bottom; one panel, on top; two panels, top & bottom.

There isn't a drag 'n drop option. (Yet?)

I ran Ubuntu 10.10 with a top panel and Docky set to autohide at the bottom for over a year, so my switch to Gnome Shell wasn't that big of a change.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby bimsebasse on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:05 am

wcn00 wrote:P.S. Installed Cinnamon... couldn't figure out how to move or remove the panels. ctrl-right/left click all the usual dances... and the panels just sit there. Time to shut this experiment down and go back to what Ido for a living. Its a crying shame that the os that saved me from windows 10 years ago is forcing me to reexamine windows 7....


You can ask in here or explore Cinnamon Settings or read the official website, that way you would have found it how to move panels. You don't right-click on the panel in Windows 7 to move it, you open control panel and find the panel settings, similar in Cinnamon.

Sorry if I come across harsh but quite a few Gnome 2 die hards just seem a bit like the users in the Linux world most unwilling or unable to learn and adapt to change and most prone to immature sulks, giving up and slamming the door because things don't work exactly like Gnome 2 after 3 minutes of not trying.
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby ashbaby on Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:00 pm

One panel is good enough, doesnt matter which one.. i hate multiple panels
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby M-Spicata on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:18 pm

First Post here on Mint - so please be nice :lol: !

But, what I am about to say will be a spanner in the works for some Guru Types who have never had to consider anything beyond their own interfaces. :lol:

Addressing Disability Access is not just Braille - High Contrast - and installing a screen reader.

I have been dealing with that subject of interfaces and desktops for 25 years since my University days - and it's odd how the basic work done then has been ignored so recently. Maybe it's because I studied both Psychology and I.T. that I can see the issues that are not just code.

For some end users Gnome 3 is great - and for others it's Hell! Unity causes multiple disability accessibility issues due to not being adaptable and so 12.04 will be the end for many. The commercial focus of some is crippling and disabling.

I have found it both interesting and "Irksome" to read the following:

Ideas that are not generated 'at the core' have to fight incredibly and unnecessarily hard to get oxygen… getting room for ideas to be explored should not feel like a frontal assault on a machine gun post. This is no way to lead a project. This is a recipe for a project that loses great people to environments that are more open to different ways of seeing the world ...Source


I have been watching the big debate over desktops with keen interest. Not because I like eye candy, but due to some very basic accessibility issues. I'm disabled and my home systems are a life line. I dumped the Redmond offerings some years ago due to the mix of costs and lack of adaptability. I have been evangelical in promoting Linux for over 10 years. I'm no Guru - but I do know how to make a desktop and interface do what people need and to allow them Equality of access. I'm not a programmer - just an Uber Power User where it's the interface and it's accessibility that takes priority.

I have been slowly converting people over many years from the Redmond side to Linux - dealing with people's access needs and adapting OS's to provide them with independent access that is about them - not some design meme that is hard coded to meet other people's views and aims. It has been hard to get any Oxygen - and it times some have attempted to deny all oxygen by either throttling you or burying you in mountains of Bull Crap! Aqualungs have proved very useful.

I hear a great deal about "Baby duck yndrome", and for some they do have an operating system imprinted upon them. Removing it or altering it is the same as Matricide. However, there is a lot more to altering an interface and desktop that goes well beyond Baby Ducks - and I have had to deal with some real turkeys and a few ostriches that definitely have their head stuck in the sand - if not unspecified orifices.

Even Redmond have been allowing Classic Menus as a readily accessible option since 98 - not because they are nice people, it has been driven by commercially astute practices.... and Boy the number of people I know who are still on classic menus 15 years later.

"We think it's pretty and we want it only there", is not a good reason when such fixed mindsets deny others access to the primary parts of an OS.

I have been basing much of the adaptation over the last 5 years or so on Ubuntu for two reasons - 1. the LTS inspires confidence in end users 2. The basics have all been good.

Gnome 2 beat the pants of KDE and the diversity of software was better than other desktops. I know that you can run many programs across all desktop distros - but the integration into a unified and well presented desktop experience is an issue for many - especially people with Neurodiversity disabilities that affect vision and visual processing. Just try getting someone with specific disabilities to grasp that Xsol and AisleRiot are the same when visually the differences are so great that it's like saying a Human and a Fish are the same because they can both swim!

Some people have the ability to recognise things as similar or even the same - some lack that basic capacity and need careful adaptation and interface management/design to over come that impairment.

Being able to take a single PC and adapt it to multiple needs is a godsend - and as the nature of disability alters from person to person, that adaptability is the most important thing there is. Compiz cube with a set of virtual boxes does allow many people ready access to a system. Seamless XP with Dragon Dictate is a miracle to many - even if it means some cutting and pasting. There is a ready market for second hand software in the Redmond style which meets needs and which can be integrated into Linux via VBox. Wine just does not work for some applications.

Being able to recycle older systems into highly utile and accessible systems to meet specific disabilities and needs addresses many issues - the most common of which is Cost! Disability brings many forms of poverty - and not just in cash. Poverty of accessibility to I.T. is a growing and massive issue.

For some, basic I.T. hardware, software and adaptations under Redmond can run to many thousands of pounds - and yet with an older system - some judicious upgrades and Linux it can be only a few Hundred pounds - if that. One associate was quoted £1700.00 for a Redmond based upgrade - and under Linux, adapting the existing system the actual cost was £0.00 - and about 12 hours work for me. The system was faster and gave them a further guaranteed 3 years of access.

Then along comes Unity and all the messing about over Gnome 3 - classic fall back and very big questions about the future.

So a top panel is not a big issue? :shock:

Unity is great? :shock:

Try telling that to someone who has a complex mix of physical and Neurodiversity disability, where even recognising that the left side of the screen exists is a massive issue. NO assistive technology is of use - you need the primary access elements of the system, such as launchers, on the right hand side of the screen - Full Stop!

You have two adaptations you can make - turn the monitor upside-down - or hang the user upside-down from the ceiling .... but neither is seen as a Reasonable Adjustment to their need - and it also just increases the accessibility issues in other areas. <Sarcasm>

Change the mouse sensitivity cry some - but if you already have restrictive movement and your primary use of system is text editing - changing the sensitivity to make it easier to get to a fixed launcher on the left buggers up the accessibility set up for text editing.

And the stacking of windows.... you need to have three Browser Windows open to allow rational spatial grasp of information, and tabbed browsing just does not work for you.... so a proper unadulterated Window List is the only option - no docky or awn - just a very boring and plain old fashioned List of windows.....

I have been very interested in reading that some Linux Gurus who adopted Unity have actually migrated away after a period of time. They found that they were actually using the mouse more and loosing keyboard skills - as one put it Unity was just making them lazy and the only cure was to leave it behind. I have even read of some who have noted increased mouse travel - clicks and keyboard usage bringing on aches and pains - possible early onset RSI.

Unity is great for touch screens of reduced size and tablets - but for someone with a fixed desktop set up, adapted to accessibility.... well it's a crock!

There are some end users who are more than capable of specific forms of maintenance and upgrading, and others who need 100% support - but the changes being enforced under 12.04 mean that for many unless they hold Guru Status they will loose much and have to start all over again. Thank heavens that 10.04 will be supported from a further 12 months. It's going to be a busy time as people migrate.

That Fixed Unity Panel is, in my opinion, a breach of UK Equality Law (Equality Act 2010 - sections 19,20 and 29 - as highlighted by the EHRC - Equality And Human Rights Commission), It simply ignores that for some people having that panel on the right hand side is a necessity - and not an aesthetic choice. As Ubuntu presently allows choice and that choice is being removed for "Commercial" and "Aesthetic" reasons it is not rational or reasonable - it is Indirect Discrimination.

It's almost as if the majority of programmers on Unity are of the Sinister group and all left handed. :lol: The bias is almost like revenge!

Yes - there is Gnome Classic, but why should people be denied an accessible Unity option?

It's quite basic. Unity Panel fixed to left denies "Reasonable Adjustment". It is not upto some Community Guru to provide a hack to address it - it is the people who made a decision to ignore their legal obligations.... and they have had long enough to get with the programming and hacking.

Equally - people are driven crazy by having familiar visual I.T. Memes altered - such as loosing the normal window menus and having to deal with that accursed top bar! If that is to be optional, it should be an option in the installation process and not an issue that people are driven crazy by after instillation as they attempt to figure out how to make a system meet their needs. Having to spend days trawling the net - being told to use the command line - type odd strings ad infinitum and all whilst you are still wondering how to get a chat client up and running to tell other folks you are dealing with an I.T. snafuuuuu.... not fun!

I have done a dry run with 12.04 to see how some will cope. The changes are so Drastic under Unity, and even failing under classic fall back, that basic accessibility with mouse and keyboard are issues that need to be addressed. It does not look like they will be - so it's Ta Ta to Ubuntu and off to explore the wider oceans of Linux..... most likely with a refreshing Minty tang!

Trying to get sense out of Canonical and even find who to address matters to is even crazier.... and it would seem that they have been missing issues due to the diversity of people they employ, by diverse means, across diverse countries with diverse legal systems. When you ask for the name of the person in charge of policy for the Company they don't seem to have a single person - and then they scramble across the net looking for anyone who may be a safe bet.... from the USA - or is it Germany... or maybe ...... Fill in the gap!

There are so many issues .... I could write a thesis on them, and still be working on it for ten years.

I have seen a number of people raise the accessibility issues over Unity, and have NOT been happy when a "certain person" made it clear that the left side was fixed for "Branding" purposes and wanting a "Logo" to be displayed in a certain way. I get the commercial aspect and design - but that does not override the obligations for equality of access due to disability. Tut Tut!

Giving Unity Priority over other peoples access to Oxygen is not a good move.

It has been interesting to see people raising the accessibility issues being told to file them as a Bug Report. They are not bugs for individual programmers to address - they are core accessibility issues which address the whole operating system and core Commercial Decisions. Such a Pity that Bugs take precedence over people! :shock:

It's even funnier ( Read Sad Beyond belief) to see a person told that they have to show a system log to illustrate the issue.

So I'm now hunting for long term rational desktops that are readily adaptable to end users needs, and not just the vanities and vagaries of developers, programmers and commercial interests. Saw that with Susa and KDE which was the primary reason from Gnome being the best desktop and Ubuntu the chosen base. Some may love the Guru Desktop Wars, but for others they just lack interest, time and even accessible systems that allow them to make comment - and until Some Linux Guru invest a logging system that deals with actual human interaction and not just system fails.... well Oxygen and Common sense will have to be found where it be!

I can only say thank heavens for the diversity of Linux.

Mate and Cinnamon look very good and I can only hope that they both go from strength to strength - LONG Term.

Alternatively, it looks like it will be LXDE and Compiz as a best option/combination.

Some will be horrified at the mere mention of Compiz - but a system start up with a nice cube with browser, email client, chat client and others on separate work spaces - and all switching with a nice quick rotate and lovely visual cue through a combination of mouse buttons 1,4 and 5 ... it does so much for so many. Compiz Cube can be the most important accessibility/productivity adaptation - and long may Compiz Live. I will not hear a bad word said against Compiz!

I see a great deal of passion for both old and new in the discussions of Gnome 3 - Unity - and the future they hold for power users - something I do support. Innovation is great and very useful, but it also needs to be tempered with some sanity and even respect. I had respect for certain people and entities - but in so many ways, that is now a thing of the past.

So - I'm looking forward to the next Mint LTS so that I, and many others, can find out what the future holds and if there is to be a wholesale migration away from the less than inclusive Unity to something more sane and adaptable - Long term.

... Oh - and I like Top Bars - but many people I deal with find them a pain - literally!

Getting a mouse pointer to the top of the screen causes actual physical pain - and having to change whole systems to allow rational access with existing knowledge and adaptation is a very big issue that some seem to like to write about - but don't put into practice.

Some think it very odd having two Bars at the bottom of the screen with everything biased to the right hand side -but if it works for you and means you can google and emyther that is more important than some chaps view of aesthetics.

Grasping and respecting how people interact with a screen is a bigger issue than some have ever considered. :roll:

It would seem that the community basis of Linux does have some drawbacks - especially if you are already excluded and have a voice that does not fit with certain mindsets and Oxygen is made a commercial commodity. :twisted:
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Re: Gnome-3 Top panel- love or hate?

Postby rob1408 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:01 pm

I hated it at first, I found the desktop too cluttered. After about a week of playing around with it, I got things to my liking. I deleted the bottom panel, installed a dock and set it to auto-hide and kept the top panel. I now have a desktop I really get on with and rarely boot to anything else.

I do understand those that complain about the lack of flexibility though.
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