What Linux Users Are Saying About GNOME In 2012
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 18 December 2012. Page 4 of 10. 66 Comments

301: Work closely with big distros, esp. Fedora.

Keep an eye on mobile computing interface.

Keep up the great work!

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.

306: Yes,
stop being self-oriented too much.
There is at least 2 forks of GNOME2 and it got to mean something.
Support other platforms but Linux.

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.

The initial opening of the shell takes ages, but it's also the first thing that users have to do to use the system! Either start loading the JS asynchronously after login, or start with the shell open immediately on login. FYI, subsequent launches of the shell are adequately fast.

Notifications are better in 3.6, but still too easy to miss. I know there are already ideas for 3.8 that I haven't looked at yet.

The ability to debug Online Account problems needs to be greatly improved. I cannot for the life of me get an Exchange connector to work correctly, and it's almost impossible to figure out why. It's possibly to do with NTLM (see Bug 687036), but I just can't be sure. Same goes for Google authentication when two-factor authentication is turned on - there isn't enough visibility to determine what's going wrong. Also, there's no way to edit or "reauthorise" the Online Accounts without deleting and recreating them again.

There really needs to be a set of locked down, forward-compatible extension APIs so that extensions using these don't break on upgrade.

309: more polish on multiuser environment - it's still a bit unstable
bring back screensaver for pictures

310: Cinnamon is the right way to go

311: Extensions are not OK for usability. You should give some features for usability.

Desktop and tablet are not same. They are different things. So interfaces should be different.

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.

I would have simplified/basic configuration combined with advanced mode. This could also be achieved by improving advanced tweak tool.

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.
using mouse wheel on desktop to switch workspaces would be nice (xfce does this AFAIK)

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.

Short: Don't destroy desktop part to make GNOME available on touch platforms. It's war that can't be won. Android and iOS rule that world.

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"

Ignoring everybody who was using gnome2 for eight years and pretending they never existed. Silly guys threw away their base users.. went after the "unknown" fans which they'll need to create.

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.

Last but not least, listen to your users.

323: Keep up the good work, GNOME 3 is getting better with each release!

324: I love gnome3! It clean and easy.

One thing maybe is to add key shortcuts to certain favorite items to quickly launch or focus them (eg. numbering them when pressing super key), anything to avoid mouse actions.

Continue improving,don't listen to the gnome2 fans, they fear change :-)

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".

* Make the complete menu be loaded to memory on startup and keep it there. (This one I'd also suggested in the days I was using Gnome 2.)

* Make Totem work (as good as xine or mplayer).

* Make Alt-F2 work as good/fast/versatile as gmrun and exceed it by adding a checkbox named "start in terminal".

* Integrate gnome-tweak-tools to standard-gnome.

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.
Improve 2d support so that accelerated 3d hardware is not needed.
Lessen ram footprint.

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

good luck if you feel this is the way to go

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.
I switched to KDE for a month but it's too far from my way to work, then tried XFCE and I felt quite good, but the apps are too simple and lack a lot of features and integration. LXDE was light but missed some important things. Enlightment was too unstable.
Cinnamon is the best DE I tried from the usability point of view; good looking as Gnome, but with lot of features, config options and, most important, a development team that listen to users. Unfortunately installing it on Debian is a problem and it got broken, so I cannot use it anymore (I cannot switch to Mint ATM). Finally I switched to Mate, which is a bit old looking but it's stable, light and gives me what I need to work. Sometimes I switch on Gnome to give it a try, but it's always a bad experience.

335: Why isn't GNOME shiny like KDE?
Colour schemes, icons, GTK look so sad.

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.
we understand that evolution has to happen but if people turn away from gnome how will that aid gnomes development

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!

Regards from Poland

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.

Had problems running the games Trine and Trine2 with the graphics, this worked fine when using cinnamon instead of gnome3. I guess it is a problem when running games full-screen. I am using the closed source Nvidia drivers from Nvidia.

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).

- Bring back the feature allowing to create custom launchers, we should not rely on a third party software (alacarte) to do a such basic thing.

- Allow the notification area to be moved somewhere else (in the top bar that was not so bad), thus we can use another dock on the bottom space instead.

- If you cannot bring back the Compiz compatibility, make at least Mutter a competitive alternative. It still lacks a lot of features like the "zoom desktop", or the scale/expo plugins from Compiz.

- Bring back all the font anti-aliasing options that were on Gnome 2.

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.
Having worked parallel with Ubuntu Unity 12 and Mint Gnome 12 the difference with KDE 4.9.3 for my journalistic/media workflow is HUGE.

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)
- Improve support for mtp devices (Nautilus, Rhythmbox)

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.

Overlay scrollbars like in Ubuntu would be useful on laptops because they save screenspace and atleast I never drag scrollbar. I use my touchpad to scroll. Just thinner or fading scrollbars would also do the job. And they look nice!

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.

Please re-think your one design fits all devices / users are stupid mentalities and fix GNOME. I was a loyal user for 5+ years.

357: <video>
The biggest point for me has always been the video driver issues. Installing has always been a pain and now that ATI has legacy'd the 4000 series I'm left trying to figure out how to install previous versions (on top of trying to match kernel and driver versions).

My suggestion would be to improve the installation of these drivers. Check that the software being installed is actually compatible with the hardware generation and kernel headers.

In fact a full on driver manager would be nice. Similar to the device manager in windows but with the ability to choose/install/remove driver versions from a repository

This is probably a driver issue but I've seen that on multiple monitors the menu bar will stretch into the empty space on monitors of different sizes. So better multi-monitor support.


<Gnome Extensions>
That service is awesome. I like that it has that firefox addon feel. However I feel the way to manage what is installed/enabled leaves a lot to be wanted. Something similar to firefox's addon mananger would be nice
<Gnome Extensions>

<Wall Paper>
Why cant i set different wallpapers on different monitors and have them change to something random on each monitor every hour?
</Wall Paper>

So far these things have been bugging me. Some probably don't even fall in GNOMES domain but improvements in these areas I feel would improve the polish.

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.

Any changes to the API needs to be carefully considered.
Any new major dependencies also need carefully considered.

For example, many people do not use computers with 3D GPU acceleration capabilities. Many of those are running virtual machines or remote desktops. A reasonable degradation policy is needed to support corporate and school environments where lower-end hardware is still used.

359: Guys I'm sorry, Gnome 3+ is absolute unproductive crap.

Until a normal desktop reappears I will stay on Xfce. Even if you guys come to your senses I'll probably stay on Xfce.

360: Continue to improve productivity:
- take a look at Eclipse's Mylyn and derive concepts for Gnome. Zeitgeist would be a GREAT move into that direction.
- add a simple alarm/stopwatch to the calendar plugin.
- add a task overview to the calendar plugin

- startup is too slow unless you have an SSD
- give users choice of the animations suitable for slow or fast machines

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.

Gnome 3.4 was not any better than any of the previous 3.x versions, only now Nautilus lost "up directory" toolbar icon, but not the Alt-Up keyboard shortcut. Who does that? (literally)

Also, the inability to customize the placement and alignment of applets in the main Gnome 3 tool/taskbar, the size of the (huge) window title bar, fonts, dpi, etc.., feels rather unwelcoming.

Anyway, I started using Cinnamon and even went as far as adding a network graph to hwmonitor Cinnamon applet https://github.com/max0x7ba/cinnamon_hwmonitor (shameless plug)

Cinnamon does make Gnome 3 much more user friendly by replicating good-old Gnome 2 main menu. But still, it is in its early days and has its own wrinkles.

I more than like the idea of Gnome 3 introspection and language bindings, so that anyone can use their favourite language to write applications, extensions and applets. And the fact that Cinnamon applets are in JavaScript, which, for me, is the best GUI language of the day now. But the documentation of Gnome 3 language binding and complete API listings are hard to come by, so that I had to resort to reading the introspection annotation in the sources of Gnome 3.

More on internals, Gnome 3 is built on the ancient GTK+ toolkit that exposes a C language API. While C APIs are incredibly portable, it is incredibly hard to write a modern rich graphical application in C, since this language doesn't provide convenience facilities for object oriented programming, the paradigm on which most useful GUI frameworks are based upon (JavaScript, Qt, numerous Java ones). C is too low-level and tedious and unproductive for GUIs.

Anyway, I tried hard to make a use of Gnome 3 and Cinnamon, but lately switched to KDE. I was not a fan of Qt library in general because they made extensions to C++ for signals/slots mechanism that can be implemented in pure C++ (I am getting too pedantic now). Nevertheless, I regret that I didn't switch to KDE years ago now. It is so much more polished and usable and traditional than Gnome 3 and even Gnome 2 ever been.

Good buy Gnome and good luck.

362: Keep up the good work. Don't listen to the haters.

363: Don't over do it with HIG - we're not idiots.
Checkboxes should not be on-off sliders.
GNOME3 is starting to feel solid with v3.6.

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.
In my view, there should be separate desktop/touch experiences: the dock on the left turned into a taskbar for the desktop, and kept as it is for touch.

365: Better introduce new features/tools.
Multitouch support.
Generall touchscreen support.

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):

1. Please add a configurable multi-monitor spanning mode. I use an IBM T221, which represents itself to the computer as two 1920x2400 screens side by side, even though it's a single physical panel. Right now I have to do weird xinerama hacks to make things work. While this may be an uncommon request, I suspect I am not the only one to have this problem.

2. Please add a way to select different windows in expose/activities view without using the mouse. I can navigate the desktop almost completely without touching the mouse, except for this, and it's quite annoying.

3. Add a configuration option to move the close button to the left side of windows (and an option for re-adding the minimize button). I'm a mac user at work and I find this much more consistent. I expect there are probably a lot of people who would agree.

4. Composite has not conflicted with xinerama for quite a while now - please allow gnome 3 to be used with xinerama enabled. For people with multiple consumer-grade graphics cards, this is the only practical way to use them simultaneously. Until recently, very few cards had more than two outputs, so most users are barred from using gnome 3 on machines with three or more displays. Note: this is related to my comment above about my T221. With that display attached, I cannot connect another monitor to my system and use it as part of a continuous gnome 3 desktop.

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:
1. Please, I beg you, add a system tray back. Most applications use tray icons, and the notification bar just won't work. It's nice to be able to keep an eye on the systray to know which programs need attention, and to make sure that some windows won't appear in the alt-tab list. Also, this affects Rhythmbox a lot: no tray icon means no way to control it without bringing up its main window, highly reducing the usefulness of the program.
2. while gnome-shell is awesome ( i guess ) for touch screens, it's pretty awful for a mouse+keyboard setup. Please, don't become as sucky as Unity is. Please, add an old-school alternate status menu such as https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/327/axe-menu/ . Without extensions like this one, gnome-shell would be totally unusable for me, and probably for many other users too.

It'd also be nice to see an integrated gnome-tweak-tools, or some other program to make it easier to configure gnome without being forced to use dconf directly.
Also, it'd be awesome if you could find a way to "convert" indicators to systray icons. Seriously, Unity ruined a lot of things for other DEs, some programs are actually shipping with just indicators and no tray icons... Which is a huge pain. I'm not asking you to support such things, but at least to... I dunno, being able to do stuff with them. I know it must be hard ( or near impossible ), but it'd be truly a miracle for me if that'd happen.

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).
More configuration options. (I don't ask for complex advanced options, just more simple options for users)
GNOME should support by default themes and other look&feel options. (for example in GNOME Control Center there should be an icon for user customization theme, fonts, ecc.)
And the most important thing: A proper shell for dekstops and notebooks. The actual gnome-shell may be good on tablets, but it's awful on desktops. I know there are extensions, but whenever major updates come they break extensions in which I rely for my own desktop (GNOME 2-like).

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

Epiphany also needs speed and stability. I love the essential GUI but hate the menu on the right. You have to traverse it in a unnatural way. The tag system is very smart & could be useful for tracker to navigate a tree of organized tags, a sort of alternative / virtual filesystem.

Evolution needs to evolve. It's interface is still to much 2.0.

Also I would like to see Tracker, Hamster and gtg more integrated. These could be killer apps.

In general I love the minimal G3 GUI, but an empty Document window leaves without a clue on what to do. The guide (F1) could be linked to the app menu in the top black bar as it is for Epi; and a simple introduction on app tasks would be so good.

For the recordo I am not leaving on the edge, I use Wheezy / Quantal

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.

P.S. Cinnamon and Mate can drop dead the past is the past move on! So Gnome team do doing what your doing striving forward just do not completely forget the little guys!

380: Very intuitive except every version seems to get carried away with reducing options in one or another.

In 3.4 it was the alt to get shutdown. Wasn't a big deal except for the lack of a hint. I liked it otherwise.

In 3.6 it is the no logout if there is only one user. Sometimes I really do need to logout so I had to add a dummy user.

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.

I liked it better in 3.4 because the notifications area would come up basically immediately when I got to the bottom-right corner.

Perhaps there could be a setting for this so users could make their own decision.

Other than that; great 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.
Of course, the notification area in gnome 3.6 is prettier than in gnome 3.4 but the one in gnome 3.4 was more useful, I think (for example if I wanted to watch fullscreen video while chatting).
I also would like to have a better looking icon theme and the window title bars HAVE to become a lot (!) smaller (and there should be a possibility to hide the titlebar when windows are maximized).
And.. a little more stability and performance would not hurt ;)

I also would improve the search function (like the one in unity) and disable the instant search in nautilus. It made my working much slower because I can't access my folders that fast anymore.

And finally please improve the animation for opening and closing a window.

But except of these few points of critic, finally GNOME 3 is my favourite linux desktop; Keep rockin' on!

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.

I don't know if this is possible or even needed but it would be great to reduce "redundant" external dependencies; I mean, if a gnome application depends for a task on a particular library and another gnome application for the same task depends on a similar one that do the same thing, this should not happen.

How about give more love to epiphany? Better adblock plugins and a noscript one?

How about adding pre-configured imap/pop3 accounts information when someone wants to add an email account on Evolution if it's from a known provider like gmail, gmx.com, yahoo,...

Clearly show if a certain gnome application listed in live.gnome.org is actually an official stable gnome application (like evolution, nautilus,...) or just a preview like gnome-boxes.

Better dvb-t and mpeg2 support in totem, a friend of mine told me that totem hangs periodically for few seconds if a dvb-t registration is played, I will test and do a bug report about it ASAP.

391: tiling window manager a la xmonad please.
expose like feature showing all workspaces.
synapse / do integration, aka search-based launcher as opposed to menus
mail and calendar integration (mainly notifications)
get rid of all social integration, it is fodder

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.

I would like to see a dock standard in GNOME. There's an extension for the "GNOME Dock" to appear on the screen but it's very limited and I've had it crash on me at times. It would be nice to have the GNOME dock become more stable and have customization options much like Docky which I've been using for a while. In fact, if you could work with Docky to make that "the" desktop dock of GNOME that'd be great (I realize this may not be possible or may not be a goal of the GNOME team).

Nautilus is overly simplistic it seems, but I've seen screenshots for where you want to take it and I like it's direction and am willing to work with it for now.

It would be nice to have a "Power User" option that enables things like multi-monitor configurations, adds the min/max options to windows, etc. This could probably fix a lot of gripes about GNOME.

The notifications at the bottom are nice, but I tend to work off a dock, so the notifications get very irritating. It would be nice if they could have an option/plugin so they would appear as a notification icon in the taskbar at the top of the screen instead of always overlaying the notifications at the bottom.

I'm currently running GNOME 3.6 on Ubuntu 12.10 on both an Intel based laptop with an nvidia graphics card and on an AMD fx (8 core) Desktop w/an ATI 7800 series Radeon.

If you guys would like me to help in any way, I have C/C++ experience (B.S. degree in CS) you can reach me at robert.parkhurst@gmail.com

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...
Gnome 3 could be... if it was more configurable...
Wobbly windows...

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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