After yesterday sharing the general feedback submitted by over a thousand GNOME users (Part 1, Part 2) from the 2012 GNOME User Survey about their views on the popular Linux desktop environment, here's all of the responses to another one of the questions. The question came down to what features of GNOME are most important from your personal use and would not like them to go away.
Question 10 from the 2012 GNOME User Survey was "What features of GNOME do you rely on, and would not like them to go away?" All of the results from this question are included in this article. This was the last free-response question before getting to the structured survey results in full on Thursday.
The feedback is sorted in the order that the survey submissions were received. Like last year, the survey and its questions were developed independent of the GNOME Foundation and Phoronix by the GNOME community of users and developers. Phoronix simply participated as the host of the survey.
1: Anything new to GNOME3...
2: Text editor
3: search app with mod4 + "name"
4: option to choose language and session in gdm
5: uncluttered/uncompilcated setup
6: online accounts
7: taskbar, application menu
8: New "All applications" button on toolbar in v3.8.
9: system tray
10: Shortcuts on menu bar
11: Gnome 2.x
12: Core apps
13: easy expose access
14: none in Gnome 3
15: the ability to use my mouse and keyboard efficiently and not be forced to get a touchscreen device to use my system
16: I rely on the fallback mode for a lot of older machines I set up for a public library
17: notification system
18: almost everything they changed away
19: Nautilus 3.4
20: The activities hot corner
21: Workspaces independance. Now yoou do Atl+tab and ALL windows from EVERY workspace appear there. What are workspaces for then?? Can you make this configurable?
22: Online Account System
23: Keep It Simple and Pretty
24: nautilus features
25: arrangement of windows in multi desktop
26: Most GNOME2 features that are already gone.
27: the shell
28: shell search, IM integration
29: Hot corners
30: none anymore
31: skype, rhytmbox, messager tray/system icon without window.
32: gnome shell and tweak tool
33: new virtual desktops - they work great
34: Mangement of workspaces
35: Advanced settings
36: Gnome Panel
37: I use Unity, have no fealing ab. that.
38: snap to borders
39: Having a panel to manage multiple windows for multiple apps
40: I rely on gnome-session-fallback and I would not like it to go away.
41: dynamic virtual desktop, activities view, smoothness of visual rendering
42: nautilus 3.4.2 features
43: Keyboard short cuts
44: The entirety of the Gnome2 interface as it is being kept alive by the Mate project.
45: Shell search
46: a bottom taskbar with all open windows available with one click. a dock that only shows one icon per app is useless, i.e. if you have multiple office documents
47: Chats in the Notifications
48: Great looking new apps!
49: Automatic scaling of windows to 1/2 of the screen
50: Configuration options, ability to choose themes, extensions.
51: extensions !
52: multi-monitor support
53: Gnome VFS
54: its very stable
55: Window management...
56: The GNOME 2 Desktop
57: The polish compared to Unity
58: chat integration with gnome-shell
59: workspaces, easy access to terminal
60: Extensions, to make up for all the features and settings I feel are missing
61: integrated application, file and document search through activities just as you type
62: Gnome is crap, Cinnamon is far better
63: Online accounts ;)
64: Expose all Windows
65: Linux specified features
66: Keyboard shortcuts
67: Nautilus (well, Nemo technically)
68: Integration of web services
69: heavy keyboard shortcut usage
70: Activities with the "Native WIndow Placement" plugin
71: menu icon
72: meaningful default values
73: gnome shell overlay, it's not yet there but it has a great potencial
74: libraries & infrastructure
75: dont know
76: I have already stopped using Gnome because nothing about it works for me.
77: integration of desktop callendar with evolution
78: Icons in the desktop and text location bar in Nautilus (Humm GNOME Files :p)
79: SUPER to expose windows. CTRL+ALT Up/Down. ALT+Drag and ALT+Middle Drag to move and resize windows.
80: nautilus, gedit, notifications
81: Activities Panel
82: Gnome Shell
83: gnome fallback
84: Better (than most other DE) notifications, great extensibility via extensions
85: extensions, search, windows button default behaviour
86: Quick launch icons
87: Gnome Classic
88: The drag to the left cursor.
89: a hierarchical program menu
90: None in particular.
91: gnome shel
92: feature complete file manager, desktop without opengl support
93: the familiarity of navigation
94: TASKBAR/DOCK VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES, NOT HIDDEN AWAY!
95: panels with applets (system monitor, systray in particular); familiar window management (ie. alt-tab does what it always did)
96: Quick window management through the activities menu, searching for programs
97: Overview and Dynamic Activity Management
98: simplified main menu
99: simple use
100: Notifications, overview, dynamic workspaces