What Linux Users Are Saying About GNOME In 2012
201: The push towards reduced options is seriously killing any desire to use GNOME. When the window manager and desktop environment of years ago was more featureful and useful than today there's a serious issue with your project goals.
202: Keep up the good work.
203: 1. Please don't waste resources on Epiphany - it severely lacks behind other browsers already and will do so forever if not all of a sudden 50 full time developers will get behind it (won't happen).
204: support Ubuntu AppIndicator
205: It maybe a bit too late, but, please, listen to users and stop with excessive removal of features. New keyboard layout switching is painfully slow, themes break, I have to use dconf-editor to change my layout switching shortcut and make caps lock additional ctrl. Everything was rather okay in 3.4, but is got much worse in 3.6, though Nautilus finally got a functioning search. And I'm in better boat that most GNOME users, as I use XMonad as WM.
206: A thing which would be awesome: be able to sync GNOME apps settings on an online account (owncloud, dropbox, ...).
207: I've swithed DE to KDE after 3.6 came out because of big regressions in Nautilus and keyboard layout support. Just who called reduction of functionality an "improvement"? For example, removing Backspace hotkey in Nautilus was one of the worst possible ideas. I've loved GNOME 3 for Activities overview and its configurable (via addons) UI, and stayed with it till 3.6 came. I've also started using XMonad at that time, so I would love to see good tiling support in GNOME. But now I'm not coming back because of all these "simplifications" and KDE gives me carte blanche to change everything I need. Also, about features - unified keyboard layout control support was a good idea, but again, twisted in form of simplified, limiting experience. I've used some X server configuration features like Caps for Control and Alt+Shift for layout changing and now all these settings are gone!
208: Personally, I'm most interested in a power desktop. I have no use for social features, I don't want it to behave like a tablet UI, and I don't want it assuming I only use one program at a time. I'm usually running emacs, a couple of shell windows, a web browser, an IRC client and possibly gimp or a pdf/dvi viewer.
209: We have 3000+ computers in Greek schools (http://goo.gl/maps/nOoQ) running gnome-session-fallback / LTSP (thin+fat clients) / Ubuntu 12.04. We really hope gnome-session-fallback can be un-dropped so that we won't have to switch to LXDE in 14.04.
210: forget about the brand, take care of users and usability
211: Stop acting like it's a "Brand" and "Product", stop breaking API for no particular reason unless it's really important.
212: Please do fix gnome-settings-daemon so it recognises keyboard shortcuts in shell mode.
213: Test thoroughly before releasing a major version. Stability contributes hugely to usability. Unfortunate people in offices and schools has to use this stuff, because it comes as default. Every release has been like ALPHA releases thus far.
214: I would like to see an option to turn off notification for drive attachment. I guess there probably is, but please make Gnome easier to configure, over all. Having to put in work just to find the correct info on how to do something really spoils the user experience for Gnome 3. Then again, being light weight, as compared with something like KDE, has always been one of the main reasons for me to prefer Gnome. I like the aesthetics of Gnome 3, but it just doesn't feel like it's quite finished yet... Gnome remains my favorit desktop environment, as it has been for more than ten years.
215: Don't make it a single-window interface! Maybe it's too late but it's still a really bad idea, even for multi-device operating systems.
216: There should be a way to use gnome3 goodies (gtk3, network-manager, nautilus, etc.) without having to use gnome-shell which is just ugly. I experience jerkiness of the gnome-shell (nvidia gt240) while compiz for instance is really fast and stable. The applications list of gnome-shell makes me laugh - huge, ugly icons and microscopic descriptions cut in half - for me it is barely usable! Don't know if new versions fix it (Debian Sid has only 3.4 version). I did not find any good gnome-shell theme. Right now using Xfce panel with compiz, nautilus and gnome-settings-daemon.
217: 1. Listen to Linux Users. Integrate all the good things they want in a perfect desktop. Remove their feel of "gnome is now bad desktop".
218: You're doing a great job, keep it up!
219: Bah..nothing to say..with fallback mode out im already emerging XFCE
220: People love the traditional menus and WIMP layout... can't you just make an option to restore this basic, well-understood functionality in Gnome 3?
221: Pay more attention to regular desktop users instead non-existing gnome tablets.
222: They have to move forward and change of name, as they consider gtk-3 is good, gnome-shell is good but gnome and gtk-2 is the past. It's very confusing to have something with the same name but which is a totally different thing, maybe they need to study marketing I don't know.
223: Gnome 3 shouldn't have been released as stable while it's configuration dialogues (such as the printer configuration) are still missing essential features (which are promised to come, one day, perhaps). On the other hand, this may be more of a mistake of the distros than the GNOME team itself, but the switch to Gnome 3 was often justified by the team not issuing security updates to Gnome 2 any more. This creates a feature-vacuum. The mature version is already in the dust bin, while the new one is just prematurely born and makes it more difficult to use computer, instead of making it easier.
224: STOP BREAKING GTK3 THEMES.
225: You're doing a great work! Please don't forget that a PC Desktop is very different from a Tablet, don't do the same mistake of other closed operating systems.
226: I would like to be able to hide some documents/folders from overview search results.
227: Gnome 3 is great, I'm using a cairo dock too to give more familiar feeling. Notifications suck imo and I miss the old gnome applets. Notification doesn't work well with dock, I think notifications should not be on the bottom of the screen (on the top bar maybe?). I really like the gnome 3 is a well thought out concept that is easy and logical to use, but needs some refinement and more configuration options by default.
228: Don't ever again remove any useful feature, just because you think that it won't works in touch interfaces.(Try to add a switch, only)
229: Thank you. Continue to improve the environment. An application to a single new style. Develop Epiphany.
230: Gnome 3 is not GNOME it should be renamed something else and dropped has the default in all distos.
231: get rid of the new huge notification area, stop trying to force a tablet/phone interface onto the desktop, including the applications button in gnome shell, the old one was much better.
232: I dislike the new desktop environments so much I am reluctant to "upgrade" Ubuntu 10.04 / Gnome 2.30. This was the last version I enjoyed using "out of the box" - it required almost no configuration on my part. I still use it at work on a daily basis. At home I switched to Xfce. I have been following the work on Cinnamon - it has great potential.
233: Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know
234: Dual monitor should have the option to have workspaces cover all screens, rather than current implementation where workspaces are on one screen and other screen is fixed.
235: Please change the default icons. Those folder look so much old & crap. please replace them with modern icons, So they match with beautiful GNOME 3. And keep going. You are doing fine.
236: Please make theming easier to work with. e.g. Themes in 3.5.x themed the lock screen, but no longer them it in 3.6.x
237: Right now I am sticking with Ubuntu 12.04 which has the fallback mode which is less good than gnome2 (some stuff are slower). I tried the first versions of gnome-shell and unity which were frankly not well thought. I hope gnome-shell has improved since then. I will make the move when I will know that the extensions of gnome-shell let me customize gnome3 to my taste (I am using the global menu extension and the window buttons of gnome2). Just make things ready for the next LTS of Ubuntu please.
238: Just because modern computers have more resources, it doesn't mean all of them need to be occupied by the desktop environment.
239: Please do actually take a moment to listen to the users and do user feedback testing. Powering on with your vision is good, but not when you're trampling over your userbase, ignoring your major OS users, and disregarding others opinions for the project.
240: Listen to your users, a community is formed by a group of people not just by a handful of developers.
241: if you could change three things in gnome? Really come on only three?
242: Keep up the good work.
243: Drag'n drop across applications feels broken to me. As an example, when Nautilus is maximized it's almost broken when I try to drag a file into another window. The behavior when I drag the file to the top left corner is weird. The window list appears but disappears if I move the mouse quickly. After that waiting for the selected window to grab focus takes too long. This stuff was way easier on GNOME2.
244: Please make gnome3 themable by default, and stop breaking the gtk3 themes.
245: I would stick with the current path the Gnome team is heading, if only because Gnome 3 actually brings something different to the table, compared to KDE, XFCE, and LXDE.
246: Let me configure things, don't assume you know best as you don't
247: I think you are taking the right step. I really like how Gnome 3 organize work-spaces, its a lot more fun than Unity. But you need to improve it. I like the minimalistic look at the desktop, but it feels so empty. Maybe you should open up for widgets like android? If your goal is to become a good mix of desktop/tablet interface.
248: Notifications (especially ones generated by pidgin), never seem to do the right thing. I currently need finer grained control over notifications but would prefer they "just work", rather than me having to fiddle.
249: Let me put the dash on the bottom and use it as a dock, please... Let the users use Gnome Shell the way they want to, that's freedom...
250: 1. GNOME has a lot of graphical polish, but is let down by by poor design decisions.
251: Communication with the community could be better, but otherwise, keep up the good work.
252: Please listen to users, at least the constructive ones. Gnome 3 definitely suits a small market of users but alienates a whole lot of others, to the point where GNOME could become one of the smaller players instead of one of the "big" ones in the Linux ecosystem. Just IMO.
253: I switched to MATE for a reason. It's not perfect, but it's also not Gnome 3 or Unity. Thank you, though; I'm not ungrateful.
254: Don't forget that many GNOME users are creators, not only content consumers.
255: Overall, I think Gnome 3 is a wonderful user experience. The UI is consistent, and where it is not, work is in progress to address the inconsistency.
256: Desktop itself is good, but don't try to add new features just to write something in changelog. 3,6 changes are not very successful for me.
257: I switched to KDE 2 months ago due to both GNOME and Unity issues. Both GNOME and Unity lack customization of features I like (i.e. using keystroke to instantly move and size windows). Again, both G & U are too cell phonesque or require to many steps to setup my environment. Both have too much dead space and lack hierarchy organization. This is just the tip of the ice berg.
258: Use the bare desktop. Allow sticking notes on it!
259: I appreciate all your hard work, but as a developer I do find gnome shell very hard work to use. It feels like I'm not the target audience anymore but I'd be surprised if most people using linux on the desktop weren't developers, and if they stop using gnome, who is?
260: I really think that pure gnome 3 is a great UI for tactile devices (ie tablets). However, I also think that to impose such a UI to traditional desktop computers is a bad idea, even if it it brings closer the tablet and desktop world (for good reasons, that is to say).
261: Don't kill Gnome 2 Fallback mode!!!
262: Mageia 2 current gnome 3 version doesn't support extensions, actually it does but it makes the gnome desktop environment crash. using the gnome Classic is by far better user experience than the BRAND new shit that gnome devs are so proud of.
263: Modularise and follow the UNIX philosophy properly! Don't create a systemd dependence.
264: Make the multi monitor handling better. I have two setups one with two monitors and one with three. I have successfully configured both to serve my needs. the two monitor setup was solved with an extension, but with three monitors I had to hack the desktop navigation to include all the screens at once.
265: Please add real multi-monitor support. Having more than two monitors is a real pain with Gnome 3
266: Please start listening to those who are using GNOME for many years.
267: Potential improvements :
268: Customization is key
269: Listen to your users stupids! I am pretty sure this thing will show you that _nobody_ is using gnome on a tablet device. So all the "touch" modifications are nice to have, but making it the main focus of a whole DE that has litteraly _no_ marketshare or perspective of getting such is just plain stupid.
270: Performance. This needs to improve.
271: Pulling their heads out of their asses will be a positive start. Also, they use the word 'design' way too often (even more often than 'the', 'and', or 'is'). It's a little scary.
272: I have not updated Nautilus to 3.6, mainly because it dropped the dual-pane feature. This was THE feature that I constantly miss I whenever I use Windows. I'd love to see that in a future release, since I don't want to use Nautilus 3.4 forever.
273: Treat large/small screens mouse/touch as separate. Functionality for one does not always translate to the other.
274: Having the top panel + window title bar + file menu looks stupid on laptops, they take up way too much vertical space when the app is fullscreen.
275: Don't get to heavy with dependencies, keep(or make it easier) to use your own preferred applications such as calculators, document readers, screen capture devices and so on. Do consider the gnome-shell extension contributes that could go into main code, so they don't brake dependencies with new versions, esp those that has high user ratio, maybe you could do a yearly vote where the x most voted for "gets in".
276: Multi-screen support lag is most unappreciated.
277: gnome+linux is good, but both win7 and osx are more user friendly and things just work better.
278: It is sad that older computers, traditionally a strong-point of Linux, have now become very unstable on newer desktops -- this is not limited to GNOME, but common across most Linux desktops. Both my computers have relatively fast NVIDIA GPUs, top-spec of their era, but fail today. Prior to updating to the likes of Ubuntu 12.10 (from 11) all was OK, now all is rubbish, very unstable, youtube cannot play full screen, chrome crashes/freezes randomly, general lazy computer symptoms, spotify audio breaks up which I can only assume is strangely graphics related since turning off composition helps on some desktop environments. Boo. Unhappy. But not GNOME specific, but would love it if at least one desktop environment stopped being rubbish -- bad trend.
279: I lost the touch input event from gnome 3.4 to gnome 3.6, it was really useful in my convertible PC to distinguish between mouse and fingers
280: With widescreen monitors having become pretty much the de-facto standard, having a permanent info bar at the top of the main screen makes no sense. Why not combine the top bar's info/contents into the dock on the left and have dock visibility be permanent? This also gives the added benefit of being able to tell at a glance all the applications currently running. Additionally, the dock can even provide per-app feedback such as alerting the user when an app needs the user's attention or having the background of a program's icon "fill-in" proportional to file transfer completion percentage; this is something that Windows (finally) does very, very correctly.
281: Great software, much more useful than Windows / Mac OS X.
282: Don't try telling me what's best for me; if Apple and MS can't do it, you sure won't know it either!
283: Keep iterating and improving. Release every six months like normal, but don't release clearly unfinished features that you will fix with the next release. Deprecate, don't remove. Bend over backwards for compatibility and actually help to port all applications/themes to the new way. Only then remove, and only if it actually helps for development. If it is just a slightly bigger binary and no hairy workarounds are necessary to keep it, do keep it.
284: Bugfixes! PLZ!
285: wake up
286: Haters gonna hate. You are doing an awesome job!
287: thanks for the good work... keep it up!
288: Keep the faith and the good work up ;-)
289: Its for Desktop, stupid!
290: I feel like Gnome 3 is a touch based UI. It's a significant departed from a traditional desktop UI, which is fine. However I found my productivity was worse because it was difficult to select which open windows I wanted to use. If there was a proper extension to handle windows docking and minimize/maximize windows to bring back some of the functionality that makes a desktop ui great, I'd be happy and would likely go back to Gnome. I'm currently using Unity, which has retained some of those features.
291: Take a good look at Cinnamon.
292: Please realise your position as the leading desktop environment and and don't force significant and controversial changes on your userbase. I can't help but worry that decommissioning the best desktop-metaphor desktop environment harmed Linux and Free Software in general at a critical time, and that really matters.
293: Please... bring back the minimize button! I can't use gnome in this shape.
294: Maybe I'm totally out of field but I'd like more customization possibilies. A more KISS system
295: Keep up the good work!
296: Thanks that you keep going. Gnome3 was brave and good decision!
297: Create a desktop that works with a desktop pc and mouse. Touch screen is not a replacement for a mouse.
298: The users the current gnome development seems to reach are already fixed on Apple and won't use gnome no matter what, the Jesus-factor is missing.
299: Get the "win" key shortcuts fixed again please.
300: As of question 13 I did provide translation for other apps that are build on top of the GTK but not directly to Gnome
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