I sure like the new apps! I just installed Gnome Music and it is awesome! It has a terrific layout and it works great!
Yup, Gnome Music is a joy to use
If you like that, have a look at California the new Calendar for Gnome--from the developers of Geary. You'll probably like it too. It's still heavily in development though already usable. Screenshot on this introduction: http://blogs.gnome.org/jnelson/2014/03/ ... -calendar/
InkKnife wrote:Have they put back in the features they stripped out of Nautilus? Can the launcher/dock thing be placed somewhere not pinned to the left, or better yet, eliminated? Can you have all the window widgets back?
Nautilus does what I need it to, and I prefer it over forks like Nemo and Caja. I wouldn't know what you miss
The dock is on the left, but it's not displayed unless you go to activities overview mode (though you can display it always or intelli-hide)
As for window widgets (I assume minimize and maximize) you can enable those with Gnome Tweak Tool. There's various other ways to do the same as window widget would do if you need them (drag window to top to maximize, tear away to restore; keyboard shortcuts; titlebar actions double/middle/right click; by default the right click is set to pop up the window menu where you can minimize/maximize/toggle visible on all workspaces/toggle always on top/etc).
All in all, it works beautifully for me, and that was what this topic was about--my quest for a DE other than Cinnamon, which is going in a direction I don't enjoy.
InkKnife wrote:But Gnome is still way too busy and screen dominating for my tastes
Busy? Screen dominating? I actually stuck with Gnome Shell because it is the opposite of what you describe to me. Perhaps give it a try yourself; the videos likely don't focus on how you spend your time most of the day (just a panel at the top that you hardly notice).