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    Phoronix: GNOME 3.0 Is Getting Very Close

    Vincent Untz has announced the first GNOME release of 2011, which is one of the final development snapshots leading up to the long-awaited release of GNOME 3.0...

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

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    Wondering how much big distributions will be there to showcase the GNOME 3.0 desktop as it is intended. Ubuntu won't get GNOME 3.0 until Ubuntu 11.10 and uses Unity as a shell and openSUSE has always heavily customized GNOME.

    Fedora 15 should be just as interesting as Ubuntu 11.04.

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    It's kind of funny how Google choose the same drag-to-virtual-desktop-to-launch approach for Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet edition. I realy liked the Gnome 3 UI concept in the beginning, but it doesn't work so well for the classic desktop as I played with it. Maybe Gnome 3.0 will smooth the hard edges so hard that it makes it round

    But that probably isn't going to happen 'cus tht totaly won't be usable for John Doe

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    Well I hope its good, but gnome3.0 is a project Ive lost interest in for some reason.

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    Is there a distro that carries this version? Fedora? I think Arch Linux dev will start packaging version 3.0 once it hits beta status .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hax0r View Post
    Is there a distro that carries this version? Fedora? I think Arch Linux dev will start packaging version 3.0 once it hits beta status .
    I think Arch, Gentoo and the other rolling releasers are likely the ones to pick it up quickly. Not sure about F15 though.

    I have to confess I am a bit ambivalent. I kind of liked the version of Gnome Shell in F14 but think that the current development has regressed compared to that version. Workspace management got weirder and they dropped Places and Recent docs in the Activities overview.

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    It is hard to change the own basic usage habit for the last 20 years or so. But I think its worth it. I see the advantages from a developer-point of view. I know this comparsion is not valid, but I see gnome 3.0 as the git of desktop.
    It gets more complex but also more powerful and dynamik. I am not soo good in making css files, but the idea that you can make themes with css files I do like really much. also the Idea of having virtual desktops so you can start development (a desktop pops on with the needed links and tools open in right size), one for musik or one for graphics... what ever you can think of.
    Also the idea of empty desktops, and a subwindow for navigation, a complete dynamic desktop. no custom icons which on wrong resolution gets totaly wrong positions...
    All with 3d effects. And then the filesystem abstraction, that you can say (the txt file I used yesterday) or something like that.
    Its like svn -> git. Everything is possible but you have to learn first to use it. Most is done on the backend like it should be done, but maybe the frontend is not perfect yet. But thats it, like linus said to git (Itīs more a filesystem then a vcs), so I like to think about gnome 3.0. But even gnome3.0 has some edges its surely easier to use then git

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    I have to confess I am a bit ambivalent. I kind of liked the version of Gnome Shell in F14 but think that the current development has regressed compared to that version. Workspace management got weirder and they dropped Places and Recent docs in the Activities overview.
    I have much of the same opinion.

    But I am hopeful. During the lifetime of Gnome 2.x series they went from a real turd of a desktop environment to one that is high performance and capable of being quite a dynamic environment. You can't tell by just looking at screenshots but there was a huge amount of refinement and cool features being implemented.

    Also we have the Unity desktop being developed by Ubuntu. They have a few competing technologies, but regardless of politics Ubuntu is a huge asset and I think that Unity is going to show the way for a lot of refinement and improvements to Gnome 3.x. I expect at some point Ubuntu is going to be able to ditch Unity entirely and go with Gnome 3.x setup without much in the way of upset users.

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