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Gnome 3?

Posted 04-11-2011 at 11:14 AM by williamfromtexas
Updated 04-11-2011 at 11:17 AM by williamfromtexas

Should you make the switch to Gnome 3?

For some of you out there, you won't even be using a graphical interface. For others, you may have to think more about this decision.

Some distributions will include it as a prominent feature of their upcoming releases (Fedora 14, Mageia), but a lot of people are really just waiting for real world bug fixing before giving 3.2(?) a serious try.

Gnome 3 is a snappy revision to the traditional desktop. This new version has already caused some discord among Gnome users: 2.3 is a powerfully simple and classic desktop. Users of version 3 will need to allow themselves to become comfortable with different interface styles and actions.

Things you may not be too happy with: heavy use of different desktop spaces, loss of minimize button, inability to save icons to the desktop. Thinks you may like: heavy use of different desktop spaces, auto window snapping and resizing, ease of hacking, and 'cool'-factor.

I personally think it's slick, but I will definitely be using a tweak tool.

If you're interested, this is a slightly tipsy me talking with some people at a Gnome 3 release party last week, broadcasted along with some 'hacker' music on Signal:
>> signal.hackerspaces.org/ /gnome-3-release-party.ogg (60 mins)
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