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What Linux Users Are Saying About GNOME In 2012

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 December 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 3 of 10 - 66 Comments

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).
You have more important things to do.

2. Make the permanent accessibility icon optional - only a very small subset of your users needs it, the rest is annoyed (just look at the most popular extension at extensions.gnome.org)

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.
A lot is written in this article: http://igurublog.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/gnome-et-al-rotting-in-threes/
I hope no one would be offended, but consider listening to others.
I'm not really qualified to give more suggestions, because I'm perfectly happy with XMonad and don't use gnome-shell.
Make GNOME great again and good luck.

206: A thing which would be awesome: be able to sync GNOME apps settings on an online account (owncloud, dropbox, ...).
A thing to change: just a little more settings. Maybe the half of the ones present in gnome-tweak-tool would be enough, but it would be better, I think.

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.

Something I'd really like to see is a good email program. Something basic, that just does pop/imap. No exchange support, no twitter support, no facebook integration, no usenet, no social feature of the week, no calendar support, just plain old email in a fast, simple, usable program. Like Claws without the feature creep, or the early versions of Eudora. Evolution has been a bloated unusable disaster every time I've tried it. I've run pine in preference to Evolution.

The biggest problem I've had with gnome all along (and I've been running it on and off since pre-1.0) is that it favors complex jack-of-all-trades tools over simple tools that work together, and it favors "my design is correct you don't understand my genius" over "maybe some people have different needs or differing skill levels". Some of us are total n00bs and need a locked down environment so we don't cut ourselves, but some of us have been using computers for a year or two and have some idea what we're doing and what our needs are.

My needs as a developer on a powerful multiscreen desktop workstation are very different from the needs of a student who wants to run an office suite and a bunch of social software, or someone doing single-program focused tasks like video editing, audio work or the like. As time has gone on, Gnome (and KDE, and Windows, and OSX, for that matter) have gotten worse at dealing with these differing needs. Everything in the experience is being funneled down to this weird mythical n00b "my mom" character who has a touchscreen computer, wants social integration for everything, and only runs one thing at a time, fullscreen.

That fits nearly nobody's use case, but somehow that's every desktop platform's perceived target demographic. Of all of them I think OSX is the worst at the moment; the whole OS is designed around the idea that you're using one of their laptops at a table in starbucks. Everything else they do tries to emulate that basic use case. Example: if you have a second monitor plugged into your mac and throw a program into "full-screen" mode, the second monitor gets the gray linen pattern and sits there useless. So, sane use cases like "I want to fullscreen email on the second monitor and use the main monitor for general use" are simply not available.

You're building a desktop for a general purpose computing machine that will be used by many different people with many different needs, for many different purposes. Stop pretending there's one right way. There isn't.

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.

We won't be seeing tablets or touch screens for at least the next 10 years in our schools due to the global crisis. We do have hundreds of Celerons @400 MHz/128 MB RAM still running very well as thin clients. LLVMPipe won't work over the network with those (or even a bit newer) clients.

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.
Note that I've been using KDE which I previously concidered bloatware before GNOME 3 came out, now it's actually more productive for me, and I'm really starting to like the QML/Plasma stuff, widgets and the like

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".
2. More work is required on printers package of gnome-control-center. Because in gnome3, I cannot cancel a printing job while I could in gnome 2.
3. Make it useful desktop of choice for non-tablet users as well.
4. Improve graphics and opengl performance because I cannot fully utilize power of intel hd graphics i915. I still get clamped polygon problem because of old graphic driver when i use google-earth.
5. Improve compatibility for debian.

Faisal Rehman

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.


Recently, i switched to KDE right around the time Gnome 3.6 was released. I still had to deal with gtk3 updates breaking my desktop, even when not using Gnome - which is incredibly frustrating. As a side note - i also used to maintain gtk+ themes (both gtk2/gtk3/metacity), i eventually stopped because on every point release you guys break themes and i got sick of fixing them.


gtk3 is important and yet it seems Gnome-Shell and other gnome componenets/apps get more attention that gtk does. If you compare QT to Gtk, you can't help but notice how much better QT is - Gnome should focus on improving gtk in a variety of ways.

on both of these points Gnome should provide documentation for how to handle gtk+ updates, if you continue to break peoples desktop on every update

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.
Please listen to constructive suggestions or complains, no need to listen to people who just want Gnome 2 back, because they are not able to accept anything different from what they are used to.

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)

I agree that the fallback mode if removed, it is useless, a machine with very low graphic power, it's not suitable to run gnome3.

Gnome is already very easy to use, don't shape a interface too easy to use that becomes unusable. Try to balance things: An medium learning curve, but very productive in the end. Not everything needs to be eye-candy.

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.

I like gnome, I don't want to change to another DE. I appreciate that such survey exists. Thank you.

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?

stop breaking apis

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.

Tray icon behavior feels wrong to me as well. The music player I use, DEADBEEF, allows the user to change the volume with mouse scroll over the tray icon normally. This doesn't work on GNOME 3.6 for me. Also the tray icons disappearing after a left click feels wrong.

I've tested 3.6 on Ubuntu with default packages in the repo and I'm not sure if these behave different on other distros.

244: Please make gnome3 themable by default, and stop breaking the gtk3 themes.
And make a fully customisable panel (move the panel, organize easily its items...) without the need to use a lot of very limited extensions.

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.

I like the integration of Online Accounts, Empathy, and Evolution.

I would do more to improve the usability of switching workspaces with the mouse. Right now, I need to use the Desktop Scroller extension to easily switch workspaces. At first, I didn't like the idea to use workspaces full-time. Now that I've gotten used to it, I prefer workspaces compared to the taskbar. However, Gnome 3 really needs an easier way to work with workspaces with the mouse. The keyboard shortcuts are fine, but only if you're using the keyboard fulltime. Using the scroll wheel with the mouse hovering over the desktop would be good enough for me.

Also, I happened to stumble across the keyboard shortcuts cheatsheet online. That needs to be in an easy-to-find location. Perhaps a one-time popup asking the user if they want to take a quick tour of Gnome 3.

I think most of the complaints about Gnome 3 is how vastly different it is to traditional desktops (but there are very legitimate complaints.) A quick-start guide showing users how to adjust their workflow to Gnome 3 might help with those complaints.

As for notifications, they really need to be separated from the taskbar.

I would like to see separate workspace managers for each monitor, combined with my previous suggestion to switch workspaces with the mouse wheel. Give the user an option to give each monitor it's own workspace switcher.

I noticed the universal menu concept some time ago. That should be used with the window icon in the top-bar. This allows the user to quickly access it with a minimal amount of mouse motions.

246: Let me configure things, don't assume you know best as you don't
Don't do really stupid things like make me press alt to get shutdown options
I can get a just about workable experience using extensions but sadly they break with every gnome upgrade.
On the plus side it does look nice. Give me the configurability and flexibility of KDE with the looks of gnome and I'll be happy.

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.

The bottom pop-up bar is forever getting in my way - inadvertently overlapping things I want to click on.

Generally though, gnome3 gave me a lot of what I craved for from gnome2 (polish, integration, lots of searching of things, with autocomplete etc. but also changed behaviour a lot in ways that I've found difficult to work with or around (like new window focus and placement).

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.

2. GNOMe is a "prima-donna" project, its succesful and essential for the movement, its very good at what it does. But its a pain to everyone directly involved with them and it never accepts responsibility for its mistakes.

3. There needs to be a separation between development team and the design team(s), you should try and bring forks back in as a seperate design team.

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.

It's not all bad, a lot of Gnome components are great. The focus of my (and others I imagine) criticism is the Gnome 3 desktop as it right now.

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.

GNOME 3 has been dumbed down to an extent that makes things *harder* and more cumbersome, not easier, for a considerable amount of your core users.

You seem to believe that you're competing with Android / iOS, while in reality, most of your user base consists of "expert users", and at times it seems like you couldn't care less about your existing user base.

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.

I cannot speak to the underlying architecture of the extension system, but the community has developed some impressive extensions and it appears development is active. I hope to contribute at some point. Further improvement the extension development process and engagement of the community would be wise.

I'm really excited to see the window navigation via the arrow keys in the Overview that's been proposed for 3.8. I rely on my keyboard and touching my mouse slows me down. Alt-tab, etc. covers most of my window managment use cases, but there are cases when arrow key navigation will really save me time.

Most importantly, I hope Gnome developers know much the community appreciates their efforts. There has been a lot of bad press, but Gnome 3 is gaining traction and there are many silent users who care about getting their work done and don't have time to argue. I am a very satisfied user and I hope the Gnome developers continue improving what is the best user interface available in Linux.

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).

I think that Gnome 3 *should* be different whether you have a mouse and a keyboard or your fingers on a screen. As an example, Cinnamon keeps the look and feel + many gnome 3 features, while being much more adapted to mouse+keyboard+desktop usage.

Maybe something Cinnamon-like for the desktop and pure gnome3-like for tablets would be good ?

Thanks for all :)

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.

Hopefully wayland will become soon a savior with any desktop environment.

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.

You have made a decent job with the single screen setup, now just extend that where it is logical..

265: Please add real multi-monitor support. Having more than two monitors is a real pain with Gnome 3
Saner defaults and more configurability. The top10 extension might give a hint what users really want.

266: Please start listening to those who are using GNOME for many years.
They would certainly *want* to go along with new GNOME versions, but aren't willing to take the beating GNOME3 offers currently.

There are people out there who are not addicted to tablets and smartphones, they just want to have a usable desktop while sitting in front of a large screen.

267: Potential improvements :
- HUD (Search in applications' menus)
- Drag & Drop from the tree view with nautilus
- Search files in the shell
- Trash in tree view in nautilus

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.
Now you discard the rest of the users by dropping the fallback mode - the people that actually need to get shit done on a PC and can do so - beyond browsing internet, chatting, youtube and checking e-mail - you know, these people do sw development, these are the people that submit detailed bugreports or fix minor bugs, these are the people that push a project forward.

From the deepest place of my heart - FUCK YOU!

270: Performance. This needs to improve.

Also, stop butchering Nautilus :-)

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.
The lack of a logout button unless there are multiple users/sessions is not practical. I had several situations in which I had to logout, but couldn't easily.

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.
Easier navigation between installed applications using only the mouse would be highly appreciated. I liked the well-organised menus in Gnome2.

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".
You should really consider make a dock applet included, as it makes the desktop much faster. Esp the panel-docklet (by jodli) extension that is highly configurable and covers many different needs.

276: Multi-screen support lag is most unappreciated.
Interoperability with Compiz would be appreciated.
Seems buggy.
Panel should be moved to bottom or the option to do so should not require plugin (especially since shell extensions capability sometimes fails (I am currently experienceing disabled shell extensions))
Much better than Unity though, although Unity has better support for Compiz.
One should be able to search for files much like one can do in Windows 8.
I was compelled into using Gnome3 because Gnome Classic + Compiz was too problematic. However, I am rather pleased Gnome3 was available as an option or else I might have been forced to use Unity - whose top panel is much more intrusive than Gnome3's especially since it does not appear on the second monitor)

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!
And somehow everytime i activate any plugin is makes something crash.

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.

Even with v3.4, GNOME is unintuitive, distracting and unpredictable to new users, and for power users many things require more user I/O steps. But worst of all it fails to make itself easy to learn - the visible cues and clear metaphors of the previous GNOME are gone. Ironically, I feel like suggesting starting the design of GNOME 3 again from scratch.

This doesn't mean don't develop a tablet version, or don't restructure (or throw away and remake) your underlying infrastructure, but there's an element of responsibility to your existing product and the Linux / Free Software ecosystem as a whole.

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.

All other user are not stupid and will not just use what you give them, but have own ideas about how they use a computing device. Either gnome fits that or can be customized easily to fit, or people will move to KDE, XFCE, whatever.

I personally cannot find anything AT ALL that improved from Gnome2 to Gnome3. That in itself is not a problem, however a lot got worse and cannot be made the same way it was before. The lack of customization killed gnome for me.

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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