Aethyr wrote:@MALs, thanks for not reading carefully before replying.
Aethyr wrote:I think I already said that to me, Mint is the one and only distro I will use unless I am absolutely forced to switch, by something far more important than a useless DE (such as unsupported hardware). This is not just a rant, this was me giving my opinion on what is wrong with Mint 12. Why I did this? Other people will try MGSE, like it or not like it, and act accordingly; the first group will stay, the other group will use another distro. But some of us will use Mint no matter what, and that's why I'm telling Mint, the distro that has ALWAYS been my distro of choice, what I dislike about it, so that MAYBE I, and others like me, can be better accommodated in the future as well. If I wanted to rant, I could send hate/flame/spam mail to the GNOME team for ruining my desktop. Instead, I chose to be here, with the Mint team, who I trust to FIX my desktop.
Aethyr wrote:I keep seeing the word "extension" thrown everywhere. Here is a useful piece of info that you all know but choose to ignore: most extensions usually break when a new version of GNOME 3.x comes out. That was the case with 3.0 -> 3.2. So that throws its alleged "stability" out of the window as well.
Aethyr wrote:In case you didn't notice, in my op I said that I love and respect and adore Clem's work, which is why I've done my best to support Mint by word of mouth and by using the Mint search engine and Opera and everything that generates profit for Mint. In fact, I have considered donating for Mint and Mint only, but my finances are worse than terrible, to the point that I can't spare not even the one euro, which really pains me. I also stated that I don't usually rant because I realise that Linux Mint and GNOME are provided for free. Maybe you need to work on your reading skills.
Back to the subject, If you think that GNOME Shell is customisable and that everything is right there, then you obviously have never used Linux before 2011 and you are exactly the target audience of the GNOME team. If that's not the case, then you are short of memory, because the customisability of Shell is absolute nil, 0, nada, miden, zero expressed in every way I can think of. Maybe with time Clem and the GNOME team might make GNOME Shell barely usable in the future. What I'm trying to say is that I think this is a wasted effort. Clem and Mint would be better off spending their time on something other than GNOME Shell. There is no reason to try and salvage usability out of a desktop that has idiocy as its main focus. GNOME Shell is trash, and it will remain trash no matter how many extensions are added to it. The GNOME Team focused on mobile devices, same as Ubuntu did, and they're trying to hide this fact behind pretty words. They do not care about the desktop, because the desktop users will always find another way. GNOME Shell is trying to market itself elsewhere, and by using their environment on our desktops we're encouraging them to keep developing this useless cr*p instead of changing course again.
Before stating that GNOME 3 is customisable, do something for me. Open the GNOME 2 Control Panel. Compare it to the Control panel in GNOME 3. How does it feel? Right click on the GNOME 2 Panel. Change the GNOME 2 Window Manager. Manage your GNOME 2 Launchers. Now do all that in GNOME 3. Oh wait. YOU CAN'T. Shell is not customisable. Maybe you need to look the word up in a dictionary.
It pains me that I won't be using a Mint desktop anymore. Our only options right now are outdated gtk2 (XFCE), unworkable gtk3 (GNOME 3), the overbloated joke that is KDE 4, or 3 hours spent configuring a window manager to get a usable desktop. In all honesty, if I didn't want kernel 3.x, I wouldn't switch from Mint 11.
Edit: so you press 4-5 keys to open firefox. Do you know how I did it in GNOME 2? I CLICKED THE DAMN DOCK LAUNCHER. Took me about 1/100 of a second.
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