Re: getting gnome 3
On 07/07/12 07:20, cletusjenkins wrote:
I know I go against most people when I say that now I've gotten used to
Gnome3 I really like it and would not want to go back. It may be that I
run a two screen set-up, but for me the really nice features are
> You'll have to use Gnome3. You can use it in "Gnome Classic" mode
> (fallback) for now, but it has been strongly hinted that that option
> won't be available for much longer.
> I've switched to XFCE, as Gnome3 was too much of a PITA to try and use
> on my laptop (I used pinning to keep Gnome2 as long as possible, but was
> missing out on important updates). XFCE is sufficiently "Gnome2" like
> for me, once I'd tweaked a few things.
Yes, it seems both Gnome and KDE want to become eye-candy, touchscreen shells to launch "apps" instead of a fully functional desktop for a graphical workstation. I lost faith in gnome when they rolled out gdm3. They removed a shit-ton of nice features and customizability to make a dumbed-down, microsoft-esque blandness for what seems to me no good reason.
a) The management of the workspaces - particularly the ability for me to
keep my secondary screen constant whilst I switch around workspaces on
my primary screen. During the day I normally fire up my mail program
(thunderbird as it happens) and leave it there and immediately have
access to it, I then sometime am working with a windows virtual machine
on one workspace, perhaps other things in another. If ever life gets
too complicated with too many open windows on one, I just drag them down
to a new workspace and carry on.
During the evening, I can watch TV (via Mythtv front end on one screen)
and still continue working with multiple workspaces. Even when I want
to switch windows, the TV continues in the slightly shrunken windows
that gnome displays whilst I do
b) I've gotten used to flicking my mouse to the top left to have all the
windows open to switch to another window. If its a full screen app,
where the hotspot doesn't work the logo key on my keyboard has the same
effect. In fact I am now so used to it, that I find it frustrating when
I am sitting inside my windows virtual machine and can't do the same
c) the ability to drag to either side (of either screen) to get a window
to size at exactly half size of the screen you've done that on.
I find that except very occassionally, the 12 programs that I have in my
dock cover everything I use on a day to day basis. So all my normal
applications are there. Even when my work shifts focus for a few weeks
its pretty easy to switch which programs are .
I must admit, I used to be really frustrated with the fact that there
was only a suspend and not a power off - but now the shell extensions
are available to add that facility back I don't have any issues at all.
I don't miss the taskbar or the minimize button, and so far I haven't
missed the menu either.