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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 5 of 10 - 66 Comments

401: Add way of always showing the dash. This is a simple modification to the GNOME Shell making it very much like Unity and Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Simpler to switch windows that way. I know an extension does this but that extension is buggy and should be an official simple configuration.

402: If you throw the community to the wayside, expect to find GNOME there very soon. Don't be stupid.

403: I am using the Mint 14 adaptation and it makes Gnome usable for me. I would still prefer the Gnome 2 Panel for ease of use and configuration. It was better than KDE's all-in-one system as one could easily apply one widget or app and lock it down. It seems that Gnome 3 added more mouse clicks to do things and more mouse movement. Gnome 3 may be more advanced than Gnome to in its underpinnings but this has never been explained well to the user who only saw change for the sake of change.

404: Please don't just remove options. I understand that there are things that most users would get confused with -- fine, just shove them in settings available via gconf, or create something like firefox's about:config. But don't do "one size fits none".

Also, for years I've hated the GTK+ file picker. Please please fix it. It needs options for bigger icons and thumbnails, easier selection of folders vs files, option to disable the recently used crap, and just default to the latest folder, etc... KDE's one is not perfect, but it is a breath of fresh air compared do GTK's...

405: 1.- KILL GNOME-SHELL WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!
2.- KILL GNOME-SHELL WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!
3.- KILL GNOME-SHELL WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!
4.- Have I said this? KILL GNOME-SHELL WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!
5.- Just to be sure I make my point, one more time, KILL GNOME-SHELL WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!
6.- Bring back the classical desktop, even if it's as a non default option like the fallback session.
7.- Stop thinking YOU know better than US how WE want to use the system.
8.- Fix the theme support so we don't need to rewrite the themes for almost each version of gnome.
9.- Stop thinking your users are idiots that get confused by options.

406: gnome 3 is really nice but i miss some configuration options, global menu for only some gnome programs suck make it every program compatible, where the hell is logout button in 3.6 and i liked nautilus more before 3.6(for example i am in directory start typing name of file and until it focus on file it takes min 2s), also i have ssd but gnome still starts 5s at min which is rather slow, anyway i love mutter and how smooth it is but activities opening animation is slow and laggy for me on intel gpu, thanks for your hard work

407: Support for legacy display devices seems to have gone. I have switched to XFCE on my laptop with ATI x1250 graphics due to text rendering issue in GNOME 3.6 (Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10).

408: I would like Gnome to offer a great, first class user experience on *COMPUTERS*, with full featured *FILE MANAGEMENT* and a proper *DESKTOP*. Mobile phones and tables are great but I want to use my computer as, well, a computer.

409: Fuck all of you GNOME devs.
Stop sabotaging GNOME.
Stop treating it like its your personal project.
Stop being a dick.

410: keep up the good work

411: applications button on task bar that brings up the window with all the apps. bigger area for virtual desktops (easier to see their contents). ability to change where the virtual desktops sit (besides the right panel).

412: I don't like dwelling on the past, but GNOME2 has been a much better user experience for me. I understand that there are some significant changes in the back end and upgrades to newer, better technology with GNOME3, but the user experience has really gone down hill. I only run GNOME3 when I can default it back to the 2D mode which functions like GNOME2.

I use my computers for work and for personal entertainment, I find that GNOME3 doesn't improve the productivity for me. In my honest opinion, GNOME3 has case aside the ancient menu system (That works efficiently) and moved onto a more gimmicky interface.

Please consider creating a Retro version of GNOME3 that has all the good features of GNOME3, but has a useful and simple interface like GNOME2.

413: Please listen to the users, I've seen numerous reports as well as experienced on my own that some developers tend to take their own approach at things. They stick the "simpler" sticker on top of it but it ends up being "useless" to a wide set of users.

Let me give an example of my own, after upgrading my GNOME suddenly all the PrintScreen button did was flash the screen. Huh?! What's happening? Normally it gives you a window to choose what it does. So, I went to look what's up with it only to figure out "it now saves to Pictures" by default as it is meant to be more simple. How is not letting the user know where it is saved more simple? How is not allowing the user to copy the screenshot to paste it into an online service like Pasteboard more simple? How is letting the user not consider whether he wants to actually save it on an accidental key press more simple?

Ugh, so I asked how to copy and paste it and was pointed to some obscure settings hidden away in the shortcut settings. Is scanning the whole System Settings for anything relevant after an upgrade more simple? No. Why can't you just tell me in a notification at the bottom a picture was saved to Pictures? Why can't you give me options on how to proceed if I don't want to assign or memorize shortcut keys? Why do I need to go to a bug report to figure out how the new behavior works? Why do you shoot down my suggestions claiming your "simple" is the right way, not elaborating what your decisions were based on. Your small design document isn't gold if it doesn't apply to all your users, you'll end up having them complaining.

Other than that, I'm honestly in general a happy GNOME user. But it scares me if GNOME developers don't care about what I have to say, up to the point where I might want to wonder whether it is worth it to report my bug (or feature request, or comments, or what not) at all? And I'm not saying they should _listen_ to me (or us, the users), but it would be nice if everyone's opinions were taken into consideration. This way you get a product that ends up being useful to everyone, and not some idealistic simplistic users.

Thank you for reading, thank you for caring!

May GNOME be the best, for everyone... :)

PS: Surveys like these are a good start!

414: I wish that the extensions system was better supported so that the system wasn't breaking every release.

I don't mind that other WMs don't work so much as long as the system works right. I understand that you guys don't want to put in a minimize button because that messes up workflow, but there should at least still be a maximize button. That would make a lot of the application stuff easier.

415: Better extension compatibility/stable API.
2D 'compositing' if 3D acceleration unavailable.
Remove titlebars/close button entirely: waste of screen real-estate!

416: I can see the possible benefits of the new style, however losing the customization options has been what really put me off. The GNOME 2 style interface worked well for me, and if there was a way for me to get something like that back, I'd be happy.

417: Start working with Ubuntu folks, at least try not to break Unity/Compiz features just for fun or because they don't care...

418: Stop the gnome-shell nonsense, stop treating the users as idiots, stop reducing the options, stop removing/hiding functionality, start listening to people.

Gnome3 doesn't feel like a Gnome desktop. It feels like something else. You are destroying the desktop we liked, the desktop that was useful, and giving us something else under the same name. Something that gets in the way when you try to work. Not all users are kids playing with the computer. Some of us actually do work, and gnome-shell gets in our way.

A desktop or user shell should make it easy to launch the tools the user wants to use, and get out of the way as son as possible. Instead of that, gnome-shell tries to impose a way of working, YOUR way of working.

419: Go after your real users, they are not the mythical Joe Sixpack. Three years ago I used to see a lot of gnome on ubuntu nearby, but not anymore. There is a disturbing effect we can see coming. Linux DE is heavily different from the pre-installed word of Windows. Power/smart users are the ones that push linux DE installation and basic support/training. If they stop to care about a particular DE it will probably spell doom to it.

420: Make Yelp more complete. Actual text is too short.

421: I like having categories.
I like when certain dialogs remember my settings or last selected items; but not always due to privacy or other reasons.

422: Keep doing what you're doing.

423: Just only take some extensions into account to be merged in the main gnome-shell distribution. There are some features that are a MUST in the desktop and should not rely on 3rd party extensions like user themes, power-off/suspend/hibernate buttons, customizable shell, new window launcher without right-click, etc.

I really liked GNOME 3 paradigm, is intended for tablets but works great on desktop/laptop. If startup performance could be improved, would be my first choice for any situation.

424: Your path down reduced usability and effeciency has continued. You have sacrificed usability for nothing more than for the interface to be "different" and you continue to completely disregard users. You think others should "do it your way", and that you know best -- you are completely, totally, utterly WRONG.

425: reading developer comments about not wanting to add themes due to them reducing brand awareness made me very upset. Not directly at the lack of theme support, but all that it entails in terms of how gnome perceives the project as a whole. While I agree to an extent that theme guidelines should stipulate that keeping some level of gnome imagery, perhaps a very brief login splash, or gnome foot icon, but importantly allowing, and encouraging people to contribute themes that if downloaded from the gnome extension site - for example, if a high percentage of gnome users chose a certain theme that it should be provided as a default. Here's the reason, I've yet to find more than a handful of people that like the horrific and excessive kid-glove rounded corners everywhere in gnome shell. Further to that, changing the core of how gnome3 works so that themes developed for 3.4 don't work with 3.6 is terrible. If you think it's because developers aren't following guidelines, then documentation to follow needs to be created, if it's purely as developers state that gnome3 is a moving target, then some serious work needs to be done in re-evaluating design structure and API. Simply nailing things down, removing options, hiding behind a sham of making a gnome OS, and a brand identity will lose you even more market share than you have this last year. I seriously think you need to engage with people outside of the gnome foundation, open dialogue to re-establish your direction. What you're currently doing by following the tablet-touch-screen fad is alienating everything that enabled you to become who you were; The best DE! Without question imo. I currently have to modify gnome-shell heavily before it's usable with my daily work-flow, and later my personal work-flow because it doesn't provide convenient access to applications, doesn't provide good looking icons by default, doesn't provide a nice looking window border, places the icons in an alien place, removes icons, provides little feedback options for how the system is performing except by third party extensions, many of which should be in the default gnome settings. I saw with gnome shell 3.8 that some issues had been addressed, shut-down etc. but largely just more of the same breakage of my own code that follows all the standards I know, more hacking to get things working, more reading thousands of posts about why things don't work per version change.

In my past, as an API developer we ratified API versions. When calling applications initialise they specify a version they're familiar with, then our core responds to calls in that version. Thus changes and features added in successive versions don't interfere with work already done, this method benefits all, it maintains compatibility and ceases the re-invention of the wheel.

*nix development has some core principles that we should all follow. I started down that path in 1994, and aim to keep to them today. I believe firmly that with some reassessment that you can correct all that is wrong with your attitude today, and re-embrace the community by being flexible and open, and listening to the very people that made you who you are.

CL

426: 3D performance is worse in GNOME shell than under a non-compositing window manager

427: please, make it easier to use by keyboard, not only mouse.
also- do not treat every user as a dumb, a bit of configuration (well... more than a bit) option would be nice.
and change the default icon theme, its not as good compared to tango or faenza.

428: Destroying everything to make your version of Utopia was retarded, for years Gnome was a safe bet for new users and old users. It provided a logical way of doing things that a child of 3 or an illiterate person could understand. After using Gnome for years I consider the Gnome an non-modular abomination which could have easily been a range of packages branded as "Gnome-Touch" which was only supported by Gnome 3 or higher. I now use Xfce, which uses GTK+, please don't break the tool kit.
Lets hope GCC doesn't break everything like you guys did because they think every time printf is used, it should compile the software to wipe the hard disk.

429: Show right click menus for tray icons in overview mode. Integrate installing extensions. Merge popular extensions into mainline. Give users more options. And whatever you do, don't take away functionality. My workflow has been interrupted god knows how many times by the crappy modifications made to nautilus. The new nautilus looks nice, but that's about it. If you want us to use your stuff, make it work good first, then make it look nice...

430: haha, why would I waste time on that? they are more interested in building a brand than listening to users and having a community.

431: I really hated going from Gnome2 to Gnome3, even switched to LXDE and Cinnamon for a while.
Things are getting better now with all the plugins. However, it is still unusable for me without tweaking. I just NEED a task bar to know what processes I have running, also the default notifications and the menus (HUGE icons, small text - why??) are horrible. I also don't like that everything has the same color now - this started to happen in Gnome2, BTW. Again, why?? Green - online. Red - offline. Things should work like that :) This is sort of a trend now, make everything the same color, all icons look the same - very pretty, but counterproductive.

432: Make customization and theming easier.

433: Merge with the Cinnamon project!

434: You're doing great! Gnome Shell took a few days to get used to, but the end result is, after over a year of using it, I still love it. It's simple, yet quite configurable via Tweak Tool and dconf, the UI gets out of the way, keyboard shortcuts are great, extensible, theme-able - I'm using the theme I created.

In addition some thoughts:
1) Java apps often appear as multiple icons in dock (have to use workarounds like this: http://locademiaz.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/turn-your-java-apps-gnome-shell-friendly/ to make it work)
2) Ability to enable Alt-Right click for re-size from Tweak Tool
3) Theme versioning, it seems that from version to version the css styles wildly change and it's hard to keep up with what changed
4) Privacy - if you want to use empathy with a google account, it wants to be able to manage albums, etc. would have preferred a more fine-grain oauth configuration.

435: As it's been brought up many time, I would like to be able to configure gnome more closely. For instance, it would be great if user themes were fully integrated, instead of having to rely on extensions.

436: the dock at the left side i missing. I use docky but is not very stable (and it is mono)

437: Interfaces that stays in the background. Usability. Productivity. Collaborative productivity. What happened to all those things?

Touch applications need to be designed for touch from the ground up. Taking a hammer to a desktop app does not make a touch app, it makes a mutilated desktop app.
If you want to make touch interfaces for the masses, why don't you give android some love?

Don't exclusively listen to people within your team, especially when only people who agree with you ever joins your team.

438: Gnome shell does not work well on large monitors or multi monitor desktops , I am currently using Cinnamon for my primary machine (Mint) - I have various other machines with different distros and GUIs , among them Ubuntu Gnome remix . To this day I find Gnome shell difficult to live with .

439: Come out of your cave.

440: Listen to your users. There are still a lot of people who don't like GNOME 3 and are using other Desktop environments because of this. Also, stop assuming you know better than I do how I want to use my machine, I don't want a tablet UI on a desktop. And for the love of Pete stop screwing up Nautilus, it's a great window manager and the changes you guys have been making recently are awful.

441: Dear GNOME Team,

There was a time a few years back where I would become excited when hearing about the next release of GNOME Desktop. I would track it's progress, read up on new features, and overall count the number of days until I could use the completed product.

I have moved pass the disappointment and anger with GNOME;s new direction. Its quite clear that your goals are not inline with the expectations of a desktop computer user.

Several other projects have picked up where GNOME left off. One of those projects in particular give me the same excitement I once had as a GNOME users.

So you see, I have not lost anything. It is you that has lost me as a user.

442: Keep up the good work.

443: Please keep the extension support up and don't hinder it; make the gnome extension website more accessible. New GTK3 versions should be backward compatible to at least the previous GTK3.x version, so that extension maintainers have less work.

If possible, remove the pulseaudio dependency. Some users don't want to use pulseaudio as audio server.

In Gnome 3.6 some applications like Gnote and Liferea lost its icons in the state bar. IMHO in previous versions with its icons it was more friendly. Now I have to open a Task manager or terminal to close Liferea properly. Is this really intended?

Evolution doesn't need more features, but it would be nice if current features like evolution archive import flawlessly works.

I think the Epiphany browser has potential. But it should be possible to play HTML5 videos.

I would prefer if Nautilus would order by type like in Gnome 3.0 - 3.4. Or as alternative Nautilus should at least remember the last choice, instead of always using the new default.

444: take the time to listen to your user base. believe it or not microsoft somewhat does

445: Gnome 3 is great! :D it would be cool to have an easier way to customize it (manageing for example the "fast search" buttons like wikipedia and google) and a better integration with some important tools (e.g. alacarte).

446: Would love it if gnome had the option/capability to navigate with the keyboard (without touching the mouse).

447: I have 12 year using Linux, and Gnome 3 is a very important step for me in the desktop experience on Linux.

448: I think GNOME 3 is a usability improvement over GNOME 2.
However, I think some people (unfairly or unknowingly) clump it in or confuse it with Unity which is less usable for traditional desktops (though is improving).
I would like to see the driver issues fixed (GNOME 3 is unstable with my Catalyst drivers on my 5770) most of all. Due to stability issues, I've tried using MATE, but I've had a hard time going back.
I think Cinnamon is a good project to watch: they address several of the smaller gripes I have with GNOME 3 and offer a better experience than GNOME 2.

449: I think, task manager is very bad. And user interface is not friendly.

450: Implement the damn world clock. Fix IBUS. Kill Unity.

451: Do not take options away. Implement the new, but keep the old as a posibility.

452: Remember when KDE moved to 4.x, or MS introduced the ribbon idea in Office? I think a lot of the resistance to GNOME3 is along those lines, something new that people felt they hadn't been consulted about. Unity has the same issue - people react to the change, instead of the substance. Meaning that you should put more effort into relations with your user base, so that they feel part of the evolution of GNOME, instead of recipients of your decisions (although, as I said, for the most part I like the direction you've taken).

453: A feature that I would highly support would be the ability to add custom applications (like in Alacarte), that could be added directly through the shell, not a separate application. Also, it would be nice to have the shell's responsiveness/speed improved; sometimes the shell will jump around when switching to "activities" view, even when there's only one or two applications open. Great work on the shell, by the way, I love the way it feels, and how it's so practical to use (at least to me).

Keep up the good work!

454: The direction of gnome 3 is amazing, love it, cant' wait to see what else is ahead. Also please drop anything related to gnome 2 and fallback mode. Gnome 3 is great, but needs better apps for music, something better than rhythmbox, also a better app for photo management or lots of improvements to shotwell.

455: better window management and please REDESIGN EVOLUTION.

456: Bring back gnome 2

457: app launcher need a lot of work - buggy (right now I can't open it)
it's actually completely gone - great...

458: Please make a theme changer

459: Include Tweak Tool as part of Gnome distribution
Include Max and Min Buttons for Windows as default
Include Shutdown/Restart/Switch User
Include favorite Panel, Task Panel, WorkSpace on Panel without requiring extension
Better/more option for Graphic/Monitor Config/Power Management

460: Please bring back type-to-select-item (or whatever it's called) in nautilus instead of searching recursively by default.
Also, please improve nautilus' speed when browsing crowded folders.

461: Extensions sucks, they usually don't get mantained and go bitrot/incompatible. Add better core functionality as demanded by users.

462: keep fallback mode for people with only software rendering.
gnome needs to support low-end PCs, virtual machines, and remote sessions.

463: Allow "power users" to be power users.

464: Too much bloat. I've gone to xfce. I just want to run applications - when the Desktopr gets in the way of that then I find another one. xfce is a good compromise of lightness vs features for my working style on desktop PC's and laptops.

465: don't stupidify things, this isn't windows, this is Linux, if you want to make a dumb version, at least leave an option to change it back to the usable one.
I like the technical improvements in GNOME 3 but if you see behind all the eye candy, it is unusable, incustomisable, and lasks a lot of stuff that gave good old gnome 2 it's usability, and that's why i'm using MATE.
I want to use something that does what i want, not something that looks like the desktop from a "hackers" movie and that on top of that, does less than the previous version.

466: I am on ubuntu 12.10, but thinking of moving to Mint 14 Cinnamon.

467: Please improve mutter's performance, it's slower than any other WMs. It looks laggy when I dragging large canvas in GIMP, but looks smooth in other WMs.

Add optional taskbar;otherwise I have to do one more step to switch to the task I want(Super key & mouse click or several times alt+TAB)

Although there are some third party taskbars, they are not native GNOME softwares and not well intergrated with GNOME3 (easily overlapped on GNOME3's systray)

468: I didn't like the gnome.org website. It may have improved since I last visited but it seemed more like marketing. I had trouble finding the more detailed information I needed. I am sorry that the gnome developers are at such odds with the linux community. I really like gnome 3. I have been using computers in one form or another since the early 80 s and it's one of the best user interface experiences I have had but I didn't try it until version 3.2 so that might influence my opinion.

469: Being able to hide applications from the Applications window, without removing them from search results in the Applications Search, would be a very welcome feature. All the disc utilities are useful---I want to have quick access to them---but I don't want them cluttering my workspace when I'm infinitely more likely to open a browser or a media app or some office suite or other. Perhaps being able to stick them in folders?

470: please stop removing functionality from gnome apps, things just seem to keep getting more bloated and less useful. the linux desktop should be the one where power users can have the tools they need, stop dumbing everything down.

also, gtk3 needs to become more stable, every major release breaks third party themes, i understand the gnome devs aren't concerned about theming for the gnome desktop environment but gtk is used for xfce, lxde and many others. it seems like gnome devs don't even want their code to be portable. gnome or else.

471: A few of the preferences in GNOME tweak tool should be incorporated into the right places in the control panel, since these are things users are very opinionated about. I always have to install gnome-tweak-tool to access these, but on MacOS X, such options are there.

They are:
1. the date in the clock
2. focus mode
3. text scaling

Also, scalable rendering is something Michael didn't explicitly mention, but is crucial. I have to fiddle around with the text scaling size, but it should just be detected from the panel data X has - not just for my Macbook Pro retina. Crucial for high-res planels here today and soon.

Finally, when I focus out of a window, the window is redrawn, which is relatively slow; use the darn compositor so it's instant. Contact me at daniel@quora.org if interested. Thanks guys! Love GNOME 3.

472: I want them to listen to their users more. They act as if they exist in some sort of bubble, and they think they're doing the right thing because the people who comment on their blogs tend to be GNOME 3 fans anyway, so they insulate themselves from real, useful criticism. They are also neutering things like Nautilus and making software less useful for those of us who want MORE functionality, not less.

473: Give up. It's ruined. It's time to jump ship and go contribute to xfce or lxde, even mate.

474: Start and finish with new GNOME 3 HIGs to make the experience a standard and thus add credibility for new G3 App developers. Proper shell refactoring to allow non-core patch extensions. Make a plan, use organic/responsive design for the shell UI to get rid of the activity view "switch", ask users about UI ideas and accept change/facts! Maje Zeitgeist/Tracker optional. Ignorance is spreading among some devs, too. Latest example in 3.6.1+: GNOME now "dictates" that the next non primary display MUST be on the right side of the primary display in multihead or desktop icons can't be used on both displays...

475: team, I dont know where the innovation is, but can you give me a desktop that I can live with for three years without suffering from those annoyances?

476: Make it possible to open file in a native application when searching through activities. I don't think files should be opened in Documents application by default.

477: Each iteration of Gnome has less of everything than the previous version. Developers look at software/code different than users.

The change from Gnome 2.x to 3.x was ghastly. Please return the configuration back to a sane level that was in Gnome 2.32

Thanks

478: Please make it easier to make a script run at startup, I could not find the location to enter scripts. Without redshift at startup, I will not use a desktop environment.

479: Keep on the good work, listen more to your users and give some LOVE to configuration.

480: Again Nautilus. Why would you like to change aggressively how users work with GNOME? Like cutting the dual pane view.

481: I would love for gnome to stop inventing the wheel and use others stuff thats better.
I really hate when the gnome team invents something "new" thats actually been around for long only not made by the gnome team, and then want to replace the old with the "new" and make it defacto standard.
Stop being so stubborn and start using great thing made by others.
And please render Qt/KDE applications better, you make them look like crap.

482: I don't care anymore about GNOME, you don't care about users so I use cinnamon and mate

483: Would be awesome to have a well maintained PPA for ubuntu since their packaging of GNOME3 leaves plenty to be desired at this point.

484: Gnome3 seems to really be focusing on single display, "one app full screen" My usage, at home and at work. Is always at least two displays, up to four. And I have many 10-20 windows open, all of the same couple applications.

The Gnome3 doesn't seem to seem to play as nicely with having the same application open. My setup is usually 6 desktops, on two displays. Probably like 20 gnome-terminals, 10 editors(nedit or gedit), and a few firefox sessions.

485: 1) It seems most GNOME components go through a retarding phase where they lose features for the sake of some new implementation. Think a lot of complaints would go away if new release versions did not throw away features (out of lazyness it seems). Ex: palimpsest lost it's benchmarking feature in the 3.4 (visual) redesign, but gained it back in 3.6, udisks2 still can't power off USB flash drives, etc.

2) The 3.6 implementation of the system/notification tray is absolutely useless because lots of applications use it for their "system-tray icon". In <3.6, you could click on the icon to get notifications, or on the text to get the application. In 3.6, you always get the notification so it takes forever to raise a hidden window (wait 5s to get the tray to pop up, click icon, click X, wait 5s again, click icon to get the window...).

Nobody's going to read this!

486: best wishes for you, gnome team with future version of gnome and gnome os on tablet.

487: Gnome 3 has received a lot of criticism. However, don't let this get you down. There are plenty of users who are using and loving it, we just don't happen to be as vocal. As other projects (Unity, for example) rely on the work you guys do and have done, the work you guys do is important. Stay at it guys. We need you.

488: With 3.6 things have improved to the point that GNOME is once again usable, BUT a lot of stuff is still off, mainly in the attitude department. I now get the whole 'vision thing', I get the bit about breaking old habits, and I'm now slowly starting to 'not want to go back'(to gnome2..), but some decisions remain braindead.
There is and never will be 'just one theme', gnome is also not alone in the gtk(3) world, it should stop behaving like it is, and most importantly, it needs to button down the 'extension-api' and provide compatibility, only by being open AND stable the platform will grow.

489: Not really. They know best.

490: Bring back the panel (dock), bring global menubar consistency to all apps, stop forcing users to move laterally (left to right) with a mouse as the primary mode of window manipulation on what are principally becoming widescreen aspect monitors. The overview is distracting. It causes a context switch in workflows (looking at desktop to shell overview) that isn't even part of the switching between my applications.

491: I personally like certain things about GNOME 3, but at the same time I feel that GNOME 2 left too soon. As far as "modern desktops" go however (Metro, Unity, etc.), I do believe that GNOME does it best. It looks very good, is fairly fast and has a good workflow (once you get used to it). I'm only using GNOME 3.4 at the moment, but from what I've seen to be included in 3.6, I'm expecting the experience to only get better when Fedora 18 comes around with the updated version.

Keep up the good work, I have only seen improvements since GNOME 3 was first released and that is a good thing. The team is on the right path and I am eager to see what else you guys have up your sleeves.

492: Make the GNOME 3 notification area in the upper right corner, it's really annoying when they are hidden at the bottom right corner. I wouldn't mind if it was a setting of some kind, which one could turn on after installing GNOME. Been relying on GNOME 2 notification extensions since the release of GNOME 3.

On the other hand, you guys are doing great! Keep up the good work!

493: Thank you Gnome team, your efforts are worth the trouble. Gnome now has a beautiful and unique interface. Gnome 3 really feels modern, unlike the 1990's gnome 2 and kde.

494: Adding features for touch interfaces but it should not come at the expense of the mouse driven interface. Touch interface changes should not be a priority until Gnome is actually on a commercial hardware product.

495: The people at GNOME are bad stewarts for the DE/GTK. The foundation needs LinuxMint folks to steer this titanic back away from the icebergs its cheerfully storming towards. Do everyone a favour, leave and go make mobile apps for mobiles (iOS, Android, heck even Windows Phone).

Cinnamon: the only reason I was warmed up to Gnome3. Gnome-Shell truly done RIGHT. TAKE THE MOTHER****ING CLUE, MORONS! Clement's 'HIG/whatever' is far superior to the dishonest cr*p you keep spouting about "brands" and "usability".

496: I like a minimalist, fast, good looking desktop - Gnome 3 is doing this and I like the overall direction things are going in. On the downside when many app windows are open there is a lot of mouse activity to switch between windows. I do not even bother with multiple desktops any more - again due to too many mouse excursions.

Thank you to the Gnome team for your work.

497: Bring back GNOME2

498: Please, listen to your users...

499: I really wish GNOME wo do away with the whole gconf stuff. I'm currently using Xfce and awesome and I highly appreciate awesome's simple yet powerful config file approach. I realize that this may not be desirable for most users but I think some kind of compromise (i.e. a flat-file structure rather than a "windows registry" like monstrosity) should be feasible and would certainly make GNOME much more interesting for me.

500: - integrated IME: please do your best if you are mean to do, now i only can rely on online-input method running in Firefox to daily typing. Promising to following an open API for the alternates, and urge for thoughtful contributions for that.

- Hotkey-handling: when i press [superkey] + [L], first time one 'L' is leak-out to textarea, then by continue holding the [superkey] and press [L] the second time, then finally it locks the DE session. {Currently i cannot get ibus(does have pinying but not cangjie under archlinux) to work. So, i know it is DE's problem not the IME's}

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