You had to hold Alt to show shutdown menu. Maybe they changed this, but I didn't use gnome since few months. However, the main problem with gnome is they don't have clear vision how it should look and behave. You're never sure what "brilliant" idea developers will introduce. They have some HIG, but it's seems it's not backed by any serious studies. It has flaws that everyone can easily point out. For example they're forcing you to use keyboard, otherwise simple task will demand more mouse clicks - in comparison to other DEs - or some others like "shutdown" won't be available at all. It's a bad design. Those are hard arguments unlike "KDE is cluttered" which was an only Kostas' argument. And he called me troll. :>Quote:
As for visions, I disagree. Even though the details might be unknown (as they usually are) I think the vision for GNOME is quite clear. Besides, what visions and studies drive the other desktop environments?
No, you don't need use to alt either for the shutdown option (there is no separate menu for shutdown).
Bottom right icon. There are current issues that needs to be dealt with but you are not pointing out any of them.
Normally the people who get the least work done are the ones who brag how productive their WM/DE is.
Tell me, what do you need an "up" button for? Nautilus keeps your current path as buttons at the top, you can press any directory and go back to it.
Nautilus opens showing home directory by default. If you need to browse your filesystem, it is faster to press the link to / from the left, than any "up" button.
For the rare occassion that you want to browse other home directories, then selecting the filesystem->home->directory will require one more click. Big deal. If that matters a lot to you, make a shortcut of it at the left of nautilus...
All in all, the "up" button is NOT REQUIRED, it is actually CLUTTER, and an ancient relic from the days of Windows...