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Gnome 3

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:32 pm
by tdapple
I was looking at Gnome 3 some today and i'm not sure if it goes well with me. I find GnomeZeitgeist interesting, but the whole Gnome Shell thing i'm not sure about. It makes me wonder if I would be better off heading the XFCE or KDE way.

I was just wondering what everyone thought, and if you read this Clem...have you ever considered moving away from Gnome as the base. Just curious.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:28 am
by Paul_Vandenberg
I keep telling myself that should give GNOME Shell the benefit of the doubt. However, I have my concerns about it. One of them is the apparent lack of an organized menu structure. I don't like the idea of 'searching' for apps. What if I don't know what an app is called? Xfce might be the way to go.

Paul

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:49 am
by tdapple
Paul_Vandenberg wrote:Xfce might be the way to go.

Paul
Thats what I am thinking....Xubuntu Jaunty is pretty nice. I wish Mint had a 64bit Xfce install....If it is just a matter of compiling the packages I would be willing to do that....though at this point I would need some training. When mint 7 comes out...I may install it and remove gnome....we'll see I guess.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:30 am
by emorrp1
Paul: I used to think that about gnome Do, now I enjoy launching each of my most used apps with 4 keystrokes :-)

Also, I've found XFCE to be great, it uses the same gui toolkit as gnome (GTK) so most apps will look identical, but it's snappier and you can actually remove the panel entirely if you want (possible, but difficult in gnome)

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:12 pm
by altair4
I've been a non-stop KDE user since Suse 6. Mint is my first Gnome distro because of what was happening with KDE4. With Gnome3 it looks like I'm going to read the same discussions and the same arguments over why Gnome3 is such an improvement. To me Gnome and KDE seems to be in a race to see who can produce the most infantile DE. I agree that XFCE looks like a viable alternative unless they get caught up in this race to the bottom.

I do apologize, I guess I got a little carried away. I don't think I'm the right person to voice an opinion anyway. The first thing I do when installing WinXP is to enable the "Classic Windows" style which removes the XP playskool look and replaces it with the Win2K look. So clearly I have "change" issues. :)

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:20 pm
by tdapple
altair4 wrote: The first thing I do when installing WinXP is to enable the "Classic Windows" style which removes the XP playskool look and replaces it with the Win2K look. So clearly I have "change" issues. :)

:lol:

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:51 pm
by Skorpiius
altair4 wrote:I've been a non-stop KDE user since Suse 6. Mint is my first Gnome distro because of what was happening with KDE4. With Gnome3 it looks like I'm going to read the same discussions and the same arguments over why Gnome3 is such an improvement. To me Gnome and KDE seems to be in a race to see who can produce the most infantile DE. I agree that XFCE looks like a viable alternative unless they get caught up in this race to the bottom.

I do apologize, I guess I got a little carried away. I don't think I'm the right person to voice an opinion anyway. The first thing I do when installing WinXP is to enable the "Classic Windows" style which removes the XP playskool look and replaces it with the Win2K look. So clearly I have "change" issues. :)
Just do the hack that allows you to use the Royale Noir theme, it's wayyy better than the dayglo default.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/ ... emixed.jpg

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sat May 09, 2009 6:54 pm
by muse5187
Wow I don't think I will ever be using gnome3 as it is now. -__-;;

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:05 am
by Linux-user
muse5187 wrote:Wow I don't think I will ever be using gnome3 as it is now. -__-;;
True. I like GNOME the way it is now, but I really don't like the interface of GNOME 3. Like Paul_Vandenberg said:
Paul_Vandenberg wrote:One of them is the apparent lack of an organized menu structure. I don't like the idea of 'searching' for apps.
The day GNOME removes its current interface and moves on to this new interface, I'll immediately move to another Desktop Environment. I think I'll move to Xfce, like others suggested.
altair4 wrote:The first thing I do when installing WinXP is to enable the "Classic Windows" style which removes the XP playskool look and replaces it with the Win2K look.
That's exactly what I do. I hate the default look of Windows XP. In the days I used Windows XP I even modified my installation disc, so the default theme wasn't even available. Windows Classic was the only theme available on my system.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:12 am
by symon1980
I think that Gnome 3 looks like utter crap. I for one moved to Kde... its pretty damn stable now, and with kde 4.3 on its way soon, theres no way gnome will catch up
in terms of beauty, and modern looking d.e.
kde is the future in my opinion :)
gnome is going downhill if this is the way they are headed. xfce could do with a makeover in my opinion. looks good in dreamlinux though.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:16 am
by gymophett
I've always loved Gnome. I don't want any major changes, and from what I can tell, it will be pretty major.
I enjoy Gnome 2.xx :(

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:05 pm
by Old Marcus
It's too early for me to comment with much knowledge, but I'm going to stick with gnome and try gnome 3 when it comes out, since I don't like KDE and Xfce is too limiting compared to what I'm used to.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:15 pm
by exploder
I watched a video clip of Gnome 3 and I agree with the above comment that it looks like crap. KDE 4 on the other hand is starting to get some functionality again. Gnome 3 is still a ways off, so lets hope for the best.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:16 am
by gotjazz
hrm I have to admit I enjoyed playing around with gnome-shell quite a bit. Once you get used to it, it even borders on being efficient. But there is a lot missing. For example - as mentioned before in this thread - the possibility to browse apps in some organized fashion is something no DE can live without. Favorites+search+all-at-once just don't cut it.
The top panel could also use somethign like a mini task-bar for stuff that's open on the same workspace - or would that be too close to the oooooh so overcome "desktop-metaphor"?

Anyway, I could see myself using it exclusively for a couple of days if it wasn't for the fact that I get completely messed up icons and other display errors after a short time with kernel mode settings and poor performance without kms (just the other way around from how old-school gnome behaves) on my ati x800xt.

And if I do take it for an extended spin I want my videos resizing smoothly when dragging them from wokspace to workspace and watching them resize.....
(I know - it's silly)

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:13 am
by monkeyboy
Every time there is a big change in a DE there is an accompanying manure storm that continues till the bugs get worked out and the users get over the learning curve hump. As a daily GNOME user I too am a bit apprehensive about the change but even if it totally sucks the sun will continue to shine and the earth will turn.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:55 pm
by linuxnut69
Well i have officially switched to KDE and XFCE. Just when the Gnome people get everything right they have to mess with it, like they are nervous, since Ubuntu is going with that unity crap that takes up valuable desktop space. Gnome is perfect the way it is especially with Compiz enabled and useable. I mean how many computers do not have a graphics card capable of running it ? (Few if any) Why can't the drivers for Nvidia and Ati auto install/set up when installing ? I believe Several different Gnome styles with different Compiz variations(settings, cube vs sphere, etc...) would really be the way to go. There is a distro called Ultimate edition, Ubuntu based, that has these kinds of things figured out, running from a live CD effects are enabled, BUT sadaly the art work reminds me of a 12 year old using paint to make it look cool. However all that can be changed to your liking, themes, backgrounds, etc... I am just wondering if Gnome is trying to go with a more Windoze style, Looks that way to me. Just my 2 cents.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:41 pm
by DrHu
I think overly complicated menu structures that attempt to automate user preferences/choices will always be a bad way to go.

I am using Lxde, but I can say, I do miss the GUI menu edit option, since that version of a Linux desktop requires a .text (*.txt) file edit to setup a desktop item
--not a deal breaker, but somewhat disconcerting, since one tends to forget the exact template, unless doing it fairly constantly, the same goes for working with bash scripts or terminal commands: requires practice and repetition to imprint into the brain..

However it is a simpler menu interface, and that makes it a lighter weight desktop

I thought Ubuntu was heading towards its own unique branding of their desktop schema (look and function) via their Unity desktop, so it might not even be an option on the installation for their distribution
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news ... u-1104.ars
  • Shuttleworth described desktop adoption of Unity as the "most significant change ever" for Ubuntu. He also acknowledged that it is a "risky step" and that much work remains to be done to prepare for the transition. The move reflects Ubuntu's growing divergence from the standard upstream GNOME configuration and effort to differentiate itself with a distinctive user experience

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:16 am
by ShyGuy
I've been watching the promo videos over at the Gnome 3 website http://www.gnome3.org/ It looks like a a lot of the functions are already available with Compiz. I suppose if it's not to my liking, I can try KDE again, I wasn't impressed back with the early 4.# versions of KDE.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:36 am
by sespela
I'm quite positive regarding Gnome 3.0
I mean to be able to compete with Windows or OsX, Linux need to have something that's uniqe. Gnome as of now is getting quite Old-skool. Things must move forward, that's just the way it is.

Re: Gnome 3

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:28 pm
by ShyGuy
There are things that look good abotu Gnome 3, but I will have to spend time with it to know for sure.

Like the lack of minimize maximize buttons on the menu bar. It looks good and makes sense, but then I realized that dragging windows using a laptop touchpad isn't the most comfortable thing.