What Linux Users Are Saying About GNOME In 2012
301: Work closely with big distros, esp. Fedora.
302: I mostly use Linux in a VM on a mac. GNOME is completely unusable in that situation, guest additions or not.
303: So far, I'm happier with Gnome3 than I am with Unity, but one of the things that annoys me is that all my themes and extensions break all the time. Every little update seems to break everything. I don't really like Gnome's default theme, and the interface is pretty sparse without extensions, so I hope that the devs can put more effort towards making it more stable to third-party add-ons.
304: Nothing new. Forcing things that developers thinks are the best caused creating forks (Unity, Cinnamon, Elemenentary OS shell). My suggestion for devs is to ask themselves why other shells has no forks (especially the biggest competitor KDE4).
305: Make simpler download and install GNOME Shell extesions, without opening a browser.
307: Interoperate better with KDE. For example fixing the years old bug concerning single click in the file chooser.
308: Multi-monitor support could use some improvements - the desktop overview in the shell needs to show *all* monitors rather than just the primary and applications on it.
309: more polish on multiuser environment - it's still a bit unstable
310: Cinnamon is the right way to go
311: Extensions are not OK for usability. You should give some features for usability.
312: Bug reports get noticed very late (I experienced 1/2 year delay) and then the reaction was rather dismissive.
313: Some of the configurations have been made too simple, for example modifying buddy list in empathy is now too limited.
314: Consider Gnome 3 a joke and restart from 2.5
315: Keep traditional desktop traditional.
316: Since you're going the way of a toolkit instead of a desktop for most users, consider compartmentalization and standards collaboration for maximum reuse. The Gnome project is the most-used project I've been too concerned to contribute to: I don't understand the direction and haven't seen a direction to help.
317: I miss weather extension on official extension site.
318: Please listen to the users and don't tear appart things that work and are useful to lot of users to accomplish something that isn't important for desktop users.
319: Please follow your path, but add some more Options
320: I've said it before, but the gnome dev team are doubling down on their horrible UX concepts. I love hearing how more and more big name #linux developers are leaving gnome and they're still doubling down on their UX. "la la la la can't hear you"
321: GNOME developers should just listen to their hearts an not to their pockets.
322: It is important to maintain support for low-end machines by retain a less-graphic-intensive window manager. Also, GNOME could find more collaboration in open source community outside Linux world, such as BSDs. Right now GNOME depends on some Linux-specific facilities in the kernel. It will be better to find alternatives in BSD kernel or provide other alternatives when required facilities is not present in the environment. This will make GNOME more universal.
323: Keep up the good work, GNOME 3 is getting better with each release!
324: I love gnome3! It clean and easy.
325: * Activity view is activated by going top left with the mouse - all right. Then put "Window | Application" right below it. And if one chooses "Application", then the layout needs to be (from left to right) "Favourites | App-Topics | Apps" and not "Favourites | Apps | App-Topics".
326: Please, listen the community
327: Make a theme engine so we can use the vast library of gtk2 themes instead of the mostly dirt ugly ones currently available for gtk3 so we can have a consistent desktop experience until all apps have been converted to gtk3.
328: I'm fine with it. I don't particularly like the 3.6's tray, I felt 3.4's was much faster, but I believe I can fix it with some extension or with 3.8 + new Xorg extensions
329: Work to integrate Firefox (and web apps) as a first priority over making your own browser.
330: It's too late, so many forks/alternatives means your project is not useful for most people needs, soon it will become irrelevant on a global desktop scale
331: Stop dumbing down the interfacce. Add more features and options. Stop streamlining. Do not ever change gedit. Bring back nautilus features. Start Listening to users.
332: Listen to users, and stop the "we know better" attitude that leads to project fragmentation, developer and users alienation, and ultimately to GNOME's demise. Gnome3 is a complete and utter disaster, no matter how many times i tried to like it.
333: Use Gnome2 2d on desktop for best game performance and Cinnamon 1.4 didn't allow me to disable windows key, plan to upgrade desktop to Cinnamon 1.6. Wok laptop uses Cinnamon 1.6 and no problems.
334: LISTEN TO USERS. Every single modification I saw in the 3.x era went exactly in the opposite direction of the one that I and people I know would have choose.
335: Why isn't GNOME shiny like KDE?
336: There seems to be a rush to experiment with tablet pc desktops and mobile phone desktops, but the regular boring old fashioned desktops are being forgotten. this should be treated with caution as these platforms will be arround for a long time yet and gnome might not be.
337: I think they should bring back the minimise button and modify the interface to deal with minimised windows. Though you can minimise windows now with rightclicks, they just disappear but then reappear in the activities mode. A better method is needed to deal with minimised windows (maybe integrate into status bar?)
338: I really enjoy your work! Keep it up guys!
339: Better compatibility for themes fetched from gnome-look.org or deviantart.com, crashes for exmple when "applications" button is pressed when using for example Shiki-Nouveau-Dust shell-theme with "Fiance" icon theme. No explanation why it failed/crashed. Using gentoo on my desktop machine. Easier theme creation would very much be appreciated.
340: keep walking in this good direction, ie. direction of new ideas and turing old postulates upside-down
341: - Bring back the grid desktop selection (stacking desktop is not enough nor always well suited).
342: It is no secret that not all users are satisfied with gnome-shell, with some choosing to switch to MATE (a fork of GNOME 2.32). Instead of further alienating users by dropping the "fallback" interface entirely (as recently announced), IMHO the MATE team should be invited to maintain the current version of the classic desktop components (gnome-panel, metacity, notification-daemon, etc.) and make "GNOME Classic" and GNOME Shell equally legitimate ways of using GNOME.
343: Gnome2 is a decent choice for small ARM developer boards but memory constraints impact enough that I have switched to lxde (1gb ram + gnome on HDMI + gnome with tightvnc is too much)
344: It's your choice to go for a quasi preset system without flexibility to adjust it to personal workflows. I switched to Kubuntu (KDE) 4.9.3 and designed my own, nice looking desktop with Wobbly Windows and Cube to simply enjoy working with it. Ku12 KDE 4.9.3 is extremely stable, self-correcting when a program collapses, never 'hangs', has "Activities" to accommodate jobs, uses a relatively small footprint, low CPU%, handles multi-screens good, is exactly what I make of it. Installation via an 8 Gb Pendrive takes about 10 minutes, full update another 14.
345: Arch seemed slow to move from 3.4 to 3.6. Even so, many of the extensions I use to make the desktop usable still have not been updated, which leaves me with a desktop missing many important features. It would be nice if this didn't happen every 6 months. Perhaps the most popular/useful extensions could be officially supported and included with GNOME.
346: - Fix file management issues (search, reliability of gvfs/gio access to networks shares)
347: I'm happily using GNOME with Xmonad under Ubuntu 12.04 and I'm rather happy with the experience. The change to having to alt-click to move around desktop elements was annoying and I liked the old color selector more, but otherwise my experience with Gnome 3 has been positive and from what little I've used I'd consider both GNOME 3 and Unity as about equal and somewhat better than the default GNOME 2. But really, thanks for making it easier for me to run my own window manager than KDE or XFCE do.
348: Yes. Gnome3 is unusable on small notebook screen I mean resolution about WXGA size. Current theme is wasting too much space. Fonts are too big, too many empty spaces. Sometimes even context menu with several elements does not fit on maximized application window then you have to scroll to check what options are available. There is no official way to change it. Extensions are good idea, but realized very bad. Some extensions need restart shell to accept changes. Gnome2 applications look ugly and Gnome2 gui elements need much more space than Gnome3 applications.
349: Gnome need to be more open to collaborating to with other teams. People like xfce/lxde and Elementary. There is a lot of duplication going on with Gnome trying to do everything.
350: Stop mutilating the project by removing functionality the users actually need.
351: Option to automatically switch to newly-connected audio devices in sound settings would be usefull. It is possible to be done in /etc/pulse/default.pa (or something like that) but checkbox in the sound settings would be better and easier to find out. An option to that would be to add a fast way to switch default audio device from top bar's sound applet like it is possible to do in Cinnamon's sound applet.
352: Please add a taskbar. Switching from one window to another by alt-tabing or media scalar / expose feature is not as good as clicking on the taskbar button associated to a window.
353: Please make extra panel available in nautilus again. Have to use nemo atm.
354: Stop this mess and let gnome 4 be good return to functionality, a lot of people still cant grow.pn gnome 3 interface
355: Integrate the tray with the indicators - it's annoying to go down to the hidden tray and apps that notify through it (i.e. pidgin) no longer can do this.
356: I want my DE to be well made and not get in my way when using my computer and applications. This is where GNOME3 failed for me, and where recent KDEs (I am using 4.9 and will keep using it) and GNOME2 worked for me. After GNOME2 I first went to XFCE. I liked it but it felt a bit rough around the edges and thunar not as featureful as Nautilus, which was my favourite GNOME application/feature. After some disappointing tries with early 4.0/4.2 I was hesitant about trying KDE again but I'm very impressed. Please look at what these guys are doing for inspiration about what needs to be done in GNOME. Flexibility is key.
358: The most important requirement is a stable API. Gnome's API should be extremely stable, backwards compatible, something that developers can trust to exist.
359: Guys I'm sorry, Gnome 3+ is absolute unproductive crap.
360: Continue to improve productivity:
361: I couldn't upgrade from Fedora 14 because Gnome 3 in later versions was a usability disaster so that I couldn't seriously imagine using it daily at work and home (I only use Linux, disregard my client string :)). Then I heard of Cinnamon and read that it worked on Fedora 17, so I bit the bullet and switched to Fedora 17.
362: Keep up the good work. Don't listen to the haters.
363: Don't over do it with HIG - we're not idiots.
364: Gnome 3 is ahead of it's time. The Shell is nice for touch devices, but it needs usability improvements for desktop usage. Funny think is, there are no tablets with G3. Desktops are.
365: Better introduce new features/tools.
366: If there were any changes I could wish for, it would be these (I understand, of course, that my requirements are a bit out of the ordinary, but these are the things that effect me the most):
367: Curl up into small fetal balls, admit your idea is lame and help the MATE team finish cleaning up your mess.
368: I would like to have a "window buttons" way to navigate the windows as well as better window management. I like the "start menu" but I don't understand why adding it had to destroy a lot of the desktop. I would also like more control of virtual desktops. I always use 4 and know what is on each one, gnome 3 removes this control and power.
369: Stop with the "Brand Awareness", "No themes" and "UX designers know best" attitude, please. GNOME 3 is nice but remember how diverse your audience are, and allow people to customize officially.
370: 2 really critical issues which made me consider leaving gnome for another DE:
371: Please do not drop the fallback mode.
372: GNOME 2 > GNOME 3.
373: slow on gma 500
374: More collaboration with other DE (for freedesktop.org things).
375: The theme looks like a mockup; it is entirely impossible to take it seriously. Apart from that, Nautilus needs to be given more features instead of having them taken away, and Qt application rendering needs improvement.
376: Stop going for touch devices at the expense of desktops. You are not going to gain a mobile userbase, while in the process loose a desktop user base. The desktop won't go away, although casual users will use it less. However nobody currently using gnome is a casual user. You only cause current users to leave and attract no one. Look at nautilus. You removed the new file tooltip. That is assumed functionality! I liked GNOME 3. Loved it. However it gets progressively worse every point release. Especially with Nautilus 3.6. Looks pretty but removed all the useful features. The thing that made me move to KDE was the attitude of gnome developers. It is awful, hostile. You don't seem to care about breakage. Especially with themes. Developers say keeping the default theme pushes your brand, and that you should not change themes. Guess what. Adwaita, Cantarell and the icons look like vomit.
377: Improve gnome-shell speed & stability. It's frustrating when the GUI locks then you need to kill the shell process. I would no recommend this to my sister
378: I think Gnome is wonderful. I really like the look of the applications and I think the improvements to the UI are a real step forward. Thank you :)
379: Simply put I love what you have done with Gnome 3 compared to Gnome 2, which was really boring to me in the beginning and even when it got put to rest, but personally the only reason I am using KDE is for 2 reasons, firstly Gedit feels like a let down compared to Kate, and lasty; the ability to have a real power management tool is more available in KDE than in Gnome 3, if that appeared personally I would be hooked, but until then Gnome 3 will be like Unity is to me a reflection of love that will never die.
380: Very intuitive except every version seems to get carried away with reducing options in one or another.
381: Further, faster, stronger and lighter!
382: New notification bar is bad idea. Especially when u use programs with "tray icons". Don't get me wrong. It is good for notifications but really bad for any kind of apllications indicators. If u just move them to top bar it would be ideal. For now I'm using extension for this
383: I'm not sure I like the delay in the notifications area for 3.6.
384: More shortcuts for window actions (f.e. window on top). Other than that, great job.
385: While I can use gnome 3 vs gnome 2 it merely seems different, not better.
386: I don't like the dash, I prefer the window selection paradigm as opposed to the application selection one. Why not have something like gnome2 panel that can be fully customized and let the user decide what is the best way to switch from one application/window to the other. If you think that the dash is the right approach, then emulate it with the default panel configuration.
387: Please improve online accounts especially the document tool.
388: I'd like to have the old features of Nautilus back, but with the new design. I'd also like something like an 'expert mode' with the possibility to configure things like in GNOME2.
389: GNOME now is beauty, but need a better multi monitoring support. The apps selector is slow and buggy.
390: I recently installed zeitgeist in gnome 3 on arch linux, but its frontend, gnome-activity-journal, seems like a dead project upstream; also I would like a better integration with zeitgeist on all applications or drop it at all if there is not a real interest on it.
391: tiling window manager a la xmonad please.
392: Desktop is not a tablet, don't push the tablet interface on desktop users
393: I only use programs from gnome, and use i3 as my window manager.
394: GNOME's new desktop takes some getting used to, but I like it's bold new direction and for the most part it's a nice new desktop.
395: Test. Test. Test.
396: more customization options
397: Bring some vital options (mainly better control of lid close (e.g. "do nothing") or disabling/enabling gnome shell extensions) from the tweak ui into the regular settings, or integrate tweak ui better (e.g. as "advanced settings")
398: MATE is awesome...
399: Bring back the advanced options, i want a simple system that if its not my way at least i can change to better suit my needs, not a shredded desktop, and there's no reason to develop a tablet/touch interface if the base users use desktops, You are not Android wake up
400: Reduce dependencies!!! Don't force users to use all that shit you've invented for whatever abstract or good reason you had. We already have Windows which is full of stupid ideas, please return back to Unix roots - set of programs which could collaborate instead of depend on each other.
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