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  • Interesting Features Of GNOME 3.4

    Phoronix: Interesting Features Of GNOME 3.4

    GNOME 3.4, the latest major update to the GNOME3 desktop, is set to be officially released on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of the most interesting features of this biannual GNOME update...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA3NzQ

  • #2
    I'm looking forward to multi-monitor actually working correctly. With current Gnome they treat the second monitor as static and switching desktops becomes useless because the second monitor isn't switched. I'd also like to see Empathy actually working with my Yahoo Messenger account although not having it work for six months has been a bit of a blessing.

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    • #3
      Is there going to be a taskbar again? I know Mint has it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
        Is there going to be a taskbar again? I know Mint has it.
        Not unless they merge Cinnamon into gnome-shell, which is extremely unlikely.

        Although I'm sure it wouldn't be very hard to get Cinnamon running properly with the GNOME 3.4 stack. Cinnamon is designed from the ground up to integrate extremely well with existing Gnome 3 software, and it depends on a lot of Gnome 3 dependencies. Its primary advantage is that it offers a completely different user experience (one that many of us can relate to) compared to Gnome Shell.

        Since I haven't heard any serious discussions about making Cinnamon an official Gnome project, I would say that they won't have a "taskbar" as you are envisioning it.

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        • #5
          Interesting features of Seamonkey 3.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dungeon View Post
            Interesting features of Seamonkey 3.
            It's just like Firefox except less stupid. Why bring up Seamonkey in a GNOME thread though?

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            • #7
              I tried to use Epiphany while running GNOME 3.2, and even without the menubar and with some simplifications to the toolbar, it still didn't feel quite right. However, I stuck with it, since Aldabra was a bit imperfect and I was getting sick of using GTK 2 applications like Chrome and Firefox for my main web browser (and Opera's a bit weird, and closed source).

              However, upon updating to the Beta on Arch, it's become my primary browser, and I can't really imagine using anything else at the moment. Its future looks very interesting, as well. It can run all the same plugins as Chrome or Firefox, and it includes many improvements to Webkit 1.8. If you're an extensions freak, I guess it's not gonna' fit. But if you just want a simple, integrated, robust web experience, Epiphany's the way to go in GNOME 3. Also, saving Web Applications is quite nice, although I'd love to see large favicons for the icons. Right now, I just have to deal with Epiphany taking a screenshot of the upper-left corner of the webpage for its application icon- yuck.

              The improvements to the Shell and visual theming can't be overstated. This release is even more of an improvement than 3.2 was over 3.0. I would highly recommend it. All we need now is the apps.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by grotgrot View Post
                With current Gnome they treat the second monitor as static and switching desktops becomes useless because the second monitor isn't switched.
                I personally consider this a feature, not a bug. It fits perfectly into my workflow where I always need certain windows open, no matter what workspace I'm on.

                To enable workspaces on your second monitor, open gconf-editor and modify the key /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/workspaces_only_on_primary

                I believe one of the goals for Gnome 3.4 was to expose more options (such as this one) under System Settings.

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                • #9
                  - Evolution mail client enhancements. (Although I still personally find it horrific compared to Mozilla Thunderbird in most aspects.)
                  Cool story bro.

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                  • #10
                    if only the fglrx driver would finally support Gnome 3 and would get rid of the performance regressions...that would be so cool. *sigh*

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nzjrs View Post
                      Cool story bro.
                      It's true. Evolution is probably the least HIG-compliant GNOME application they have just because it's hauling around so much useless "groupware" crap.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
                        Is there going to be a taskbar again?
                        Just flip the switch on the extension website:
                        https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/25/window-list/

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                        • #13
                          • No On-screen Task Management
                          • No Functional Desktop
                          • No Minimize/Maximize

                          Did they fix these fundamental issues? No? Then it is still a big fail.

                          Gnome developers should take a look at this and this and this reviews.
                          Last edited by zoomblab; 03-27-2012, 03:29 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I use Gnome 3.x with Fedora 16 on my netbook and it's OK. You can control most with the keyboard like switching workspaces (which are created on demand), closing windows or opening this search/start applications (similar to KDE netbook).

                            However, KDE has the option to set kwin as a tiling window manager, which I totally miss in Gnome and is essential on netbooks with a small display. I hate using that tiny touchpad or always carry a mouse with me.

                            So, when does Gnome come up with tiling?

                            //edit: or at least automatically start every application maximized?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zoomblab View Post
                              • No On-screen Task Management
                              • No Functional Desktop
                              • No Minimize/Maximize
                              You live in the past. But extensions will help you.
                              Last edited by 0xCAFE; 03-27-2012, 04:29 AM.

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