exploder wrote:I really like the latest version of Cinnamon. I used to think that the classic desktop....
exploder wrote:For being something I was not too sure about to begin with I am really starting to like Gnome Shell.
exploder wrote:I could get along with Fedora's default theme but darker themes reduce eye strain, at least for me. Changing the theme was a challenge for me because I never mess with that stuff but after a little experimenting I have things looking mostly how I want them. Well, now the laptop is easy for me to use comfortably but I had to try and get back the user friendly things Mint has by default. Extensions made Gnome Shell a lot better! I liked that I could choose the extensions I wanted. I have some of the Nautilus add-ons but not all of the ones Mint has just yet.
I do agree with you and Miguel de Icaza any chance there ever was for Linux to be a mainstream desktop is long lost. I will go beyond what he says about 'technical fields' and say that in my field, isolation and characterization of proteins, it's non-existent. Everything is Windows based, either with a PC hooked directly to the equipment, or with data collected on a server and accessed via a client on a PC. Modeling is done on supercomputers, and those use UNIX, but the vast majority of people are using Windows boxes.
I don't agree with de Icaza that supporting one unified Linux OS would help that much. I personally see Linux as mostly an enthusiast undertaking (I know some people do use it for business, b/c they hate Windows and OS X so much, and it is used a lot on servers and embedded in things, I mean as a general desktop system), and it seems the appeal is variety. Look at the impact of GNOME locking things down on its popularity--it seems to be less, not more, popular.
I would think that gamers would at least keep desktops popular enough that we can continue to buy hardware for a long time?
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