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What People Are Saying About GNOME [Part 1]

Michael Larabel

Published on 25 October 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 10 of 10 - 46 Comments

901: 1. Add the option to have the dock appear on the left side of the screen when I'm not in the activities menu.
2. Same thing for the pager on the right side.
3. Replace Evolution with lightweight mail and calendar apps. Maybe use GTG as the default tasks app.

I appreciate the hard work you guys have done on Gnome 3! Most of the time it gets out of my way and lets me do what I want to do -- which I can't say of other DEs. Also, the notification system is the only one I've used that I haven't wanted to turn off after a day or so.

902: 1. Cater more to Power Users by providing better functionality customization like KDE, but maybe with a Basic/Advanced Mode switch so end-users can make all the complicated "cluttered" options disappear, while power users can dig in without having to use the CLI or gconf-editor
2. Gnome 3 is released; stop breaking ABIs in minor releases! (GTK and GLib, I'm looking at you.)
3. Finalize Rhythmbox 3.0 and its Plugin API so developers can start to write to a stable plugin API for out-of-tree plugins (and there will be a lot of them, because upstream is extremely, exceedingly conservative about (not) accepting third-party plugin contributions)

The doctrine of actively removing user options and trying to be "clever" is backwards and broken. The more GNOME does this with successive releases, the less I like it. I appreciate the new gnome-shell UI (eye candy is nice), but it feels like a major step backwards in usability compared to GNOME 2.x, because it takes more steps to do things I used to be able to do with a simple mouse click, and some things I can't do at all without using the CLI (adjusting settings for what to do when the laptop lid is closed, for example).

Additionally, one of the *huge* benefits of GNOME 2.x was that the core platform APIs (GLib, GObject, GTK2, GConf2, etc) were stable and backwards-compatible in a very major way. You could run programs compiled against a very old GLib or GTK on a newer version. This was fantastic for binary compatibility, which eases packaging for distros; aids the distribution of proprietary software; and aids the distribution of binaries even for free software. In addition, regardless of the binary situation, stable APIs/ABIs allow plugin maintainers to not have to worry about constantly updating their plugin to support new ABIs. Many GNOME programs have extremely useful (some would say essential) plugins that add features or enhance existing ones. But many plugin maintainers don't have a full-time job working on free software, so they can't dedicate up-to-the-minute support to keeping the plugin supported on the latest GNOME platform. The more rapidly the platform changes, the fewer plugins will be current with the latest API/ABI. The slower the platform changes, the more plugins will be supported.

A slower, backwards-compatible evolutionary change as was done in GNOME 2.x is more preferable to the breaking changes that are happening now in GNOME 3.x. GNOME 3.0 was an expected, major ABI breakage, but even after 3.0 we are still seeing major changes on the same scale as 3.0 itself. This is unacceptable, and it indicates that the initial 3.0 ABI was poorly designed and major revisions are needed to fix the mistakes that were made. If this kind of major design flaw were detected during development, it should have resulted in an indefinite hold on the release of the final Gnome 3.0 ABI, until the design flaws could be addressed. Instead, we are now left with "minor" versions of GNOME causing upheavals in ABI, and several important GNOME programs don't even have a stable release in the 3.x series yet. Basically, GNOME 3.0 is still in the heavy development / rapid change phase, and it should be called GNOME 2.99.x until GNOME 3.0 is truly frozen and beginning the phase of gradual evolutionary change such as that which occurred in GNOME 2.x from about 2.2 through 2.30 (GIO/GVFS notwithstanding).

903: 1. Get the notifications right: eliminate chat notifications when there's a chat window open with that person, allow to ignore "new removable media" notifications (let me run fdisk without having to choose between "mount" and "eject"), automatically remove program notifications when the window that generated them is opened (e.g. thunderbird)...

2. Release stable builds only when thoroughly tested everywhere, also with proprietary graphics drivers if they are very common.

3. Put smaller icons in the Applications list.

Even though there are still some rough edges, the 3.2 release is a great improvement on 3.0, thanks a lot for the hard work =)

904: Make things configurable. However, the gconf-editor helps me out a lot.

I'm looking forward to trying Unity. Gnome 3 seems pretty useless from what I have heard.

905: Things in Gnome 3 are headed in a GREAT direction. The over-simplicity is getting to be somewhat of a pain, but for a new release and such a rewrite, its doing pretty well. I just can't wait for extensions to be more easily manageable, and more customization/tweaking. Currently, its pretty locked down. Documentation specifically for gnome-shell tweaking, etc is in bits and pieces strewn about. I wish there was a Gnome-Shell Extension DB somewhere. The ArchLinux gnome wiki is a great start!

Keep going, but don't kill Gnome by designing for the lowest common denominator. There is a very fine line between simply and easy, and Fisher-Price. Some of the preference decisions (specifically) tend to lean to the latter...

I love the Online Accounts features, and depending less on client applications. I love that the shell (via extensions) is beginning to pick this up!

906: 1. More control (ability to customize to fit workflow, KDE seems better at this).

2. Improve look and feel. Gnome3 helped. Probably a GTK thing as GTK applications just tends to look outdated.

3. Increased focus on polishing default settings(look and fell, behavior etc.). Seems to bee a general open-source problem (after all its more fun to develop something new then to improve something that works).

907: The system tray in Gnome 3.x needs to be slightly reworked. Slightly.

Searching for programs in the Gnome Shell needs to be faster.

Rhythmbox, Evolution, and other programs need to have built-in functionality for minimizing to the tray, making them much more integrated with Gnome 3.x.

908: 1) Easier customization, including easier removal of the Universal Access menu for those who don't need it.

2) More terminal integration, like how Guake Terminal works, starting at startup, etc.

3) Return of screensaver by default

909: give me back control of my mouse menu so I can have application menu functionality like xfce, fluxbox, enlightenment, and blackbox.

I find it ironic that the gnome desktop ends up costing me hours of downtime do to the ease-of-use mantra, when all that is needed is to make it transparently configurable--take a hint from kde.

910: The search should work like gnome do
I want more options
I want to be able to use gnome as tiling window manager

I often get frustrated because I can't adapt gnome to my particular needs, I'm not like everyone, nobody is.

The main reason why I'm sticking to gnome is its stability and I understand that this comes at a cost.

I would be entirely satisfied if I could easily write extensions but I don't have time, this could be fixed with better documentation.

911: Ditch Evolution.
Restore Shut Down to the status menu.
Restore the default workspace switcher settings - trying to get used to going vertical over horizontal.

912: 1. Quicker mouse-driven application launching (perhaps bring the quick-launch thing from the Activities view to the normal view with an auto-hide)
2. Application-agnostic calendar/event system (a.k.a. don't force me to use every bundled app to have an optimal experience)
3. Unity-style tray menus (messaging menu, audio menu with music player controls)

Beautiful design, but just a few more steps to some real usability.

913: gnome panel
configuration management
lack of applets

1. Move the application button to the tool bar
2. Remove it from the Overview
3. Move the categories to the LEFT side of the application view
4. Add back the applets you dropped
5. For what it's worth, Gnome 3 with compiz and avant window navigator makes gnome-shell look as lame. :)

914: 1. Revert Gnome3 to Gnome2
2. extend Gnome2 configurability to encompase what gnome3 tries to do.
3. Document gnome.

1. Drop the assumption that you know what the users want and need and actually find out.
2. Allow users to configure gnome to work the way they need, not the way you developers want.
3. Keep modules small, and simple. Overcomplex integration makes more errors as can be seen in gnome3.
4. Document your design plan. Without a design or plan you never know if you are getting there.

915: 1) Improve nautilus for
a) speed, opening the file browser should be relatively instant; especially if it is already showing the desktop and has presumably already loaded a few things.
b) file previews for PDFs, documents (Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Visio/Writer/Calc/Presenter/Draw/Inkscape/etc.)
c) extensibility (midnight commander plugin, easy file/mp3 renaming, metadata editing for media files, version control plugin for Bzr, Git, Btrfs, etc. for source files), and Miller columns ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miller_Columns ). The idea is to make Nautilus more of a platform that other people can use and less of a standalone product (see: https://plus.google.com/112678702228711889851/posts/eVeouesvaVX for why).

2) Interoperate better with Sharepoint, Outlook, and Wine. This is for more enterprise users, so they have an easier time running a heterogeneous environment. This includes VNC/Wayland/X11 forwarding, audio forwarding, and remote D-Bus calls.

3) Better animations. If Nautilus gets opened by double clicking on a folder on the desktop, the animation should show the file browser sliding out from that point. This has to be fast (see point 1), and the reasoning behind it is so users know wtf is happening and why the file browser is now showing up on the screen. I think KWin is stupid for not integrating with Compiz, and I think Gnome should integrate with Compiz, and develop a common storage mechanism with KDE to store animation settings. However, the invisible windows on the side of the screen that are created to handle edge flipping on drag-and-drop actions should be click transparent (like Ubuntu's notifications) so clicking scrollbars is easier (see: Fitt's Law). Additionally, the desktop switching animation for the desktop wall should be a lot better, because it gives users an idea of what happened (the screen instantly switching does not) and it gives them a clue of how to go back (which is what discoverability is all about). Yes, there's buzzwords here, but they do _actually_ mean something concrete if you understand them.

Please improve Network Manager and sound manager dropdowns/appindicators to have better colors (NIC card names are dark on Ubuntu's NM dropdown) and non-rectangular buttons (in sound manager dropdown shows images that look like circular buttons, but the clickable area is rectangular and that's cheating).

Thank you for integrating Wacom tablet settings and more touch-friendly flick boxes instead of checkboxes/radio buttons!

Screensaver daemons need to have a D-Bus interface so movie players can turn them off when they are playing something.

Scrollbars in maximized applications should extend to the edge of the screen in accordance with Fitt's law. You may want to consider this for non-maximized applications that are placed against the side of the screen by Compiz (because that's what the user is trying to do). In general, Gnome applications really should follow Fitt's law a lot better, as it improves productivity (it _really_ does!), which makes Gnome "just work" for a whole lot more people.

Networks listed in the network manager dropdown should be ordered by decreasing signal strength. This is not a perfect ordering as signal strength measurements aren't perfect, but when a user needs to select an access point, they are most likely going to pick one of the three (or so) networks that have the highest signal strength. Count the clicks it takes users to do something and try to reduce that number as much as possible. Count the clicks!

916: Make it faster, better developer doc, raise windows on drag and drop

I like very much the 2.x UI.

917: -Easyier themes changing (like in gnome 2)

-top pannel masking

-the activities pannel, to much icons a the same time too difficult to get one (no logic until we clic on a term at right (graphism for exemple))

Thanks a lot and Keep on doing good work!

918: Allow mutter to be configured (and run) separately from gnome-shell

919: More accessibility to tweak

I've tried Gnome 3 on fedora 15,16. Very labor intensive to use.
I'm clicking all over the place to to get anywhere. I really don't need all the eye candy, I'll put my own on if I want it.

KISS, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

920: Quit treating the users like idiots.
More community integration.
Less nazi know it all developers.

Quit treating the users like idiots.

921: 1. Menu system or means of accessing applications. The current method requires too many clicks and the icons are too huge. I've tried reducing the size of the icons via modifying the CSS but the results do not look very nice on my screen.
2. System Settings is very limited compared to Gnome 2 both in terms of areas to control and options available. I've tried Gnome tweaker but it seems hard to use so far.
3. It would be nice to have more shell extensions available. I may have to develop some of my own but the half dozen that I've seen are not much of a start.

I found it hard to find out what was new in Gnome 3.2 versus 3.0. Could you make that available or more easily available?

Also, I've had two occurrences in a couple of weeks where the screen locks up and I can't get anything to work. Not sure what happened and there was nothing in /var/log/messages after restarting.

922: how alt + tab works,
with time changing between windows whether you are using alt tab or the mouse takes more and more time (might be drivers issue, I'm running OS radeon driver on a radeon hd3850),
how the notificationbar and taskbar works

Keep it up!, I think it's been a good job so far, although I would say latest version of Gnome 2.X is much better than 3.X in almost all the aspects, but Gnome 3.x is on its way to be bigger.

923: Provide a proper upgrade path from gnome 2.X, don't scrap everything
ie; take the path of Mac OS from 9 -> X, where a lot of things were enhanced, but it largely remained the same.

Provision of easy to find and use options to customise environment settings.

More configuration options than the current 3.0 release.

The new gnome 3 looks and feels nice, but is a pain to use as it is oversimplified. More configuration options are needed!

I have switched to XFCE for the time being, as it now suits my needs better than gnome 3

924: Since going back to the gnome-panel based desktop is no option, I'd at least see the current 2d fallback supported into the future.

Good work

925: Bring back the functionality and customisation tools!

926: Keep Gnome 2.x look alive!

927: Add or return to a Gnome 2 style.
I would like to see gnome offer both the new 3.x style and the old 2.x style in their fullest. 3.x for those who like it and a 2.x style for those who want to actually get work done.

928: Nautilus SMB-Backend
Default Theme (G3 Default looks way better on screenshots than G2)
Multitouch gestures

All in all, I'm very pleased with GNOME.
Waiting to try out G3, but unfortunatly it isn't available on Debian testing/unstable yet.
G2 could have used some more visual bells and whistles, but that's not really a concern.

929: more easy of use

easier customization

more faster

more features for the ufw firewall and better security

930: more native Gnome apps, i hate that awesome player like VLC has qt4 bindings, i would like if Gnome team pushes or develops more GTK apps, specially media players,more tools for tweaking , more GTK3 themes mature enough to get into Fedora(my fav distro).lastly they should have minimizing button , i know it can be added, by adding that Gnome3 wouldn't loose many noobs.

the last thing make your fallback mode much better,many G2 supporters will rejoin you and perhaps contribute more.

No matter, whatever the world says about you, you keep going strong, there are distractors who leverage on GTK3 and masquerade as innovators wit their crappy shell(read Cannonical and Ubuntu).There are whole lot of good, other distros who support your DE, you need not worry about popularity of your UI, just keep improving it. Next time you want to make a major change possibly take poll.

your shell is cool,but please reduce it's memory footprint(infact of the entire DE), if it wasn't for the beauty of shell and responsiveness (compared to superbloats like KDE), i would have dropped Gnome 3 like a hot potatto.

you might have lost some naive users,noobs and a few G2 fanatics, don't worry a lot about them, try add tweak tools to attract them,don't push into your main UI design.Maybe for Enterprise level distros from your side you should advice them to use fallback mode as default(i know system-adminstrators can be grumpy ber grumpy).

All the good wishes for future endeavors,I love your work GNOME team, you made a better Linux desktop for ordinary Joe.

931: -default theme, looks like too "old school"
-more functionality in gnome 3
-more cuztomisable in gnome 3

add more fucntionalitises

932: Good question. I was expecting something great from Gnome 3 but was really disappointed. It would have been better to leave Gnome 2 alone and only accept incremental improvements that few would question in terms of usability.

Go back to Gnome 2 and uses a study group of users to find needed areas for improvement.

933: 1. Shut down the project
2. Shut down the project
3. Shut down the project

Shut the project down, so KDE can be put in to place on systems, and not fragment the X desktop systems any more.

934: 1 - Instead of the Suspend button which is not intuitive for new users when they are trying to reboot the system. Just add the Shutdown button after the Suspend Button.

2 - The new notification bar is great in most of the occasion, but when I just try to see the dropbox status (as an example) it is not intuitive to have to move the mouse to do so.

3 - Change the GDM feature ! I've been waiting for the unified GDM visual (black looks so great on early videos of development), but when Gnome 3.2 came out I was just terrified by the ugly look of the new GDM with the big black thing on the middle of the screen with big letter, you have to move the mouse or the arrow keys to choose the name, it is simply ugly and not intuitive.

I was waiting more for a 6 months development (3.0 to 3.2), but we got almost the same configuration settings as in the 3.0 version which is frustrating.

Please do not change the js base code, it is so easy to modify things than having to recompile everything after changing a single line. I think that Gnome 3 just need to improve the speed of Activities in lower-end computer as the netbooks, and make things more easily customisable.

I know that it isn't the most important part, but since there is no massive change between 3.0 and 3.2 version, I really don't want to wait another 6 months just to have just a simple diferent icon.

935: 1) Activies, username, applist, desktop-pager optional switchable, default is left handed oriented, i'm right handed.
2) Too less backward compatibility
3) config files are way too spread.

I'm still missing the (new) 'corporate identity' of gnome.
The app-title-bar is way too hughe while looking ugly (unity/ubuntu) is better for that matter.

936: 1st - After hitting the action corner and then selecting applications I HATE that your meet with a giant wall of icons. While I don't use mouse based navigation that much its still awful.

2nd - Changing settings and customization is a chore at this point. These tools need to be worked on, as it is now I can not suggest gnome 3.2 to my friends nor family as they want the machine to adapt to their workflow, not the other way around.

937: Make it easier to add extensions and basic system changes, like with gnome tweak tool. It should be part of the base install.

938: it is again as 2.32

No more touch wannabe

Yes, please we like the release both sincerely, i preffer 2.32

Please, why gnomeshell?

WE love 2.32 style

939: shutdown link visible, better fallback mode, better ui colouring

940: - Expose more, not fewer, settings. There are lots of powerful knobs and tweaks available in the entire GNOME stack, and leaving them hidden in dconf/gconf doesn't help usability.

- Particular classes of extensions that I'll probably care about include applet/indicators (weather, system monitor, etc), window arrangement plugins (I used wmii for a while), and possibly overview search sources. I'd like good UI for managing these, and I'd like a decent selection of them to ship with GNOME by default (weather and system monitor, in particular).

- Kinetic smooth scrolling in GTK! If I scroll a pane in a GTK app with my mouse wheel/touchpad, it shouldn't be moving in steps, but rather sliding kinetically (accelerating as I move my wheel, decelerating when I am not).

- If I have unread notifications in Shell, tell me somehow. I might have missed the pop up. Maybe a little glow in the lower right corner?

I tossed my slightly more comprehensive notes up at:

- Really push the Extensions system, and make sure the community repository for them (http://extensions.gnome.org/) is awesome. Take a page out of Mozilla's book. I do like how you intend to have extensions able to modify the experience on the desktop across different components.

- Please make sure that the multi-head use case works well.

- I use virtual desktops heavily to isolate different scopes of activity, and windows from a single process (Terminal) are often spread across these, but are isolated as far as interaction goes. I measure the value of a desktop environment by how well it does this, more than anything else. I find that GNOME Shell is actually quite good at navigating these, at both the virtual desktop context and at the global context. It makes the mouse much more useful again (make sure the keyboard works well!)

- The keyboard can be a powerful tool. The keyboard-only flow should be as great as the mouse-only flow, and optimize for usage frequency and finger extension. This includes things like interacting with notifications and window control. Being able to make complex requests of the DE without having to remove your fingers from the home row is not to be underestimated.

- Power users are still your bread and butter. Don't forget them.

Thank you kindly for your efforts and consideration. :)

941: Return desktops or make possible to have some "workspaces" static. I like my muscular memory knowing "where" do I work, IM, read stuff, etc.

Better support of Multiple Heads (monitors) with different "workspace" area on each head (as awesome) or sharing workspaces. Not a single space shared by all "workspaces".

Listen to users.
Don't try to tell us what we want. Some of us do know what we want.
Don't hide that hard the options.

942: Quit trying to cater to idiots. Let me have my configuration options.

943: Bring back panel applets and the ability to fully customize the top panel.

Bring back the bottom panel with a window list.

Bring back minimize/maximize buttons.

There's no reason that these options shouldn't be easily accessible for the user to decide if they want to use them or not.

Stop telling the users what you think they need, and give them what they want.
I loved Gnome 2 because it looked great, it was easy to customize, it was full of features, and it always worked.

Now in Gnome 3 I spend as much time fighting the UI as I do actually working. I immensely enjoyed the use of panel applets in Gnome 2, and in fact it was a main reason I used it over KDE, but now that feature has been removed.
We're stuck with a useless top panel, and window lists and window management is hidden from us, as if we're too stupid to use it effectively.

It takes too much time out of my day trying to switch between windows to get work done.
It's aggravating how difficult it is to open two windows (terminals for example), then to minimize them by middle-clicking, and then to have BOTH of them come back up when I only wanted one of them up.

944: I really enjoy GNOME 3 shell. I would only change the community involvement with the project.

Thank you for the hard work and dedication you have given for a libretto desktop. Keep up the good work.

945: 1/ simplicity install extensions;

2/ more possibility config;

3/ more liberty...!?

1/ work on theme icones default;

2/ work on posibility config;

3/ work with world opensource(canonical...for example...)

4/ gnome3 and gnome-shell -good job but 1/ 2/ 3/

5/congratulations for your job! (please gnome3.4 with 1/2/3/!!!)

946: Continue GNOME 2.x desktop paradigm (make radical UI redesign of Gnome 3.x optional). Make dev community seem more approachable. I'd like to contribute, but I get the feeling that the changes I'd like to make would be opposed by the existing devs on philosophical grounds. (we don't want settings for that / we don't want people to use it that way)

Stop removing settings; actually listen/consider feedback from longtime users; get rid of dconf nonsense and go back to text-based config files; stop trying so hard to only target dumb users. If I wanted the combination of easy to use, draconian restrictions, and lack of settings, I'd buy a Mac. GNOME 2.x (at least after some gconf tweaking) fit the way I work... I can't seem to get GNOME 3.0 to fit. You may gain a new (less technical) user base, but you're going to lose some users too. Wouldn't it be better to be more flexible and keep everyone as happy GNOME users?

947: 1) GNOME 3 should have more customization options - screen savers must return.

2) Nautilus is lacking in functionality, and is crash-prone. It needs to be rock-solid and fast, at least.

3) Several apps in GNOME desktop are lackluster.

GNOME must handle bug reports more efficiently and faster.

948: - Shutdown entry in the user menu.
- Window's list on the panel
- allow icons on the desktop

Sane defaults, please.

Nautilus must improve to give more useful information.
I would like a split screen file manager done well like midnight commander.

KILL GNOME 3 as it doesn't suit use on my desktop or laptop. It is more of a tablet desktop that has no place on a PC.

950: Go back to giving users an easy way to configure the desktop (more than the few options still available in gnome 3) and make the desktop more modular so that it can be used with other pieces of software (switching out components like the window manger easily)

Stop making the interface "easy" for those who aren't familiar with computers at the expense of making it useless for those of us who are. Don't try a "one size fits all" approach to different devices, you end up with something that halfway works on each type but doesn't fully work on any.

951: Accessibility
(yes, I have filed bug reports on the relevant issues. No, they are not fixed though the issues are acknowledged.)

Fix the accessibility and usability issues. I love the new paradigm but cannot comfortably use Gnome. Emphasis on this bug:

952: There is a screen for windows and applications. It would be nice to have a folder one added too.

I love the way Gnome 3 looks. It's about the closest I could get to the ideal look and feel of a desktop. I like the notification system as well.

953: Easier access to and more configuration changes.
Get rid of the sick looking plain black boxes.
Write it in something better suitable for a desktop environment, not javascript.
Get rid of the "Desktop by PlaySkool"

954: Bring back the customisability of Gnome 2.x!!! Gnome 3 Fallback is not a good enough replacement.
Also, stop the Gnome Shell crashing whenever we try and use Java apps.

I really don't know why you abandoned Gnome 2.x. It was truly a perfect DE. Many of us Gnome 2.x users have gone over to XFCE4 after spending months trying to work with Gnome Shell/Fallback but to no avail.

At least improve Gnome 3 Fallback so that it functions almost the same as Gnome 2.x. We'd all be happy to move back then :)

955: 1. prevent the icons in the main panel from loosing their positioning (has happened ever since I used gnome, esp. when switching resolutions)

2. prevent the panel from showing on top of full-screen apps (World of Warcraft in Wine). This happens sometimes when switching desktops from/to fullscreen apps

3. make sure that no GNOME code misuses USB-drive mounting features.

Keep up the good work and always focus on rock-solid, ultra-stable components :)

956: 1. Take a hard look at redesigning Nautilus' GUI - Marlin File manager is what nautilus should look like. The toolbar should be completely stretched across the menubar, for consistency, and a more professional look.

2. Ditch Pulseaudio as a 'static' dependency, as some people do not use PA. ie: keep gnome modular.

3. change crappy artwork and logos.

1. Suggest they work closer with Compiz and Unity teams, to ensure a better desktop for all gnome users, gnome-shell/mutter or not.

2. take a serious look at multi-touch in gtk3 / gnome applications. This would include single finger/button/stylus 'flick-to-scroll', current Wacom tablet users could take advantage of this. Toolkits should have multi-touch in them, so all apps can use the feature.

3. Look at integrating gesture recognition software in the next year or so. Easysroke - would be the top choice, if possible.

957: Have better looking icons.
Make the Desktop looks more like a Desktop. (two panels is retarded)
Make the Gnome applications better. (Epiphany sucks and Gnome Office isn't even a real suite)

Fix that shit, please.

958: Include GNOME Tweak, or something similar by default.
Don't hide the "Power Off" label in the user menu.
Improve Nautilus, or make the interface more similar to Marlin.

959: 1. more customizability, 2. compatibility w/ compiz, 3. ability to brand better

960: 1. Allow more customization of the desktop, look and feel.
2. Quit blowing off users who disagree with your vision for Gnome.
3, Make a minimalist desktop without everything and the kitchen sink.

961: 1: i like gnome 3, but i prefer the panels from 2

i like gnome 3, but i prefer the panels from 2

962: Please add the "don't remove features without providing alternatives" rule to those damn usability guidelines ---yes, I also miss tab scrolling.

Please put the old places side panel in nautilus ---the new one is clearly not designed for people with more than 10 bookmarks; the Devices versus Computer distinction is silly (and different from the one shown in the Open/Save dialogs), and even nautilus itself gets confused most of the time about where to put certain stuff.

It's been years since Empathy was introduced as an intended replacement for pidgin, yet it still barely supports any protocol beyond simple chat... And what's with the eternal "wrong certificate" issue?

Defaults are great (i.e., they are the reason I prefer GNOME over KDE), but having an "Advanced..." button (and an advanced preferences section) in some applications wouldn't hurt... It would certainly be better than hunting down schemas in the dconf editor.

963: Document the )@&^ config files! Fixing problems is pretty much black magic at this point without clear documentation.

964: no shell

focus on computers not smart phones

965: Quality Control.

Better Unix conventions.

A realistic approach to what is "usability".

I'll post on the mailing list about it.

966: Better integration with non-Gnome apps.
Make the screensaver a bit more stable (locks up on occasion).
Bring back the ability to easily change the GDM theme and/or configuration.

Great job. Over the years I've bounced around to several other desktops, but in the end, I always come back to Gnome.

967: 1 Allow people to change desktop ui without doing dirty hacks.
2 Remove the gconf crap: in the unix world we like text human-readable conffiles and not bloatted binary formats inspired in the crap windows register like gconf.
3 Stop reinventing the wheel. You had a great desktop with gnome2, why throw it away?

968: - Make it more configurable. (Some) Users are not THAT stupid, this isn't Mac.
- More lighweight, resource efficient.
- More stable, less buggy.

Please make it suck less.

We don't like Miguel de Icaza. We don't like C# or Mono at all. He should go to work for Microsoft, instead making us suffer his crap.

Native and fast applications, not slow and overbloated.

Despite Linus' rude way, his comments are right.

I'm using Mate on some computers from a few small business, the same as the computers for my family. I maintain 40 computers for money, also I managed to make some users of my family to use Linux (without a gun, just offering a similar environment and promising no virus) I'm more experienced and used to shell, so I use tiled window managers in my workstation.


Make Gnome Office less of a joke. Adopt Libreoffice, improve it (also sharing code for file formats could be nice too) or whatever.

Even KDE with all their bugs and unstable early "stable" releases as x.0 are doing it a little better than Gnome. And that's not a good sign at all.

The new desktop is crap, please back to the previous incarnation and evolve it correctly. It's not usable at all, a similar schizophrenic approach happens in Unity too.

Don't be overhelmed by the cloud computing crap.

Tablets are just nice toys, they are nice for games and looking at data but can't replace a traditional desktop. Netbooks are cheap computers for secondary use, the poor's laptop.

Okular is better than Evince, it supports more file formats and it's better to use it.

2012 will not be the year of the desktop too...

969: 1. Default icons are horribly outdated, those should be changed.
2. By default allow user added themes(currently requires extension) and integrate the settings from gnome-tweak-tool into the control panel.
3. The notification system could use some tweaking in usability.

Gnome 3 and Gnome-Shell are amazing in my opinion and there isn't much wrong with it from ease of use, customization, performance, to capability its a great step in the right direction I feel despite others reactions.

970: I would change back to 2.x style interface

971: Evolution: atm it's, well bloated
1. Split out some of the features. Not everybody wants the full thing.
esp on Tablets / Netbooks just web-Calendar(with local copy) and IMAP would be enough for most. Grouping the "enterprise features" for example as a extra package would reduce the load / ram Evo needs.
2. IMAP, give it some love, make it the best implementation out there,
full featured (imap-idle), lean (less net-io) and fast (see Thunderbird).
3. Keep away from Akonadi, please. At least until the database drivers are stable, and the fetchers are fast.

The Gnome Shell (Mutter) is not yet there where 2.x already is, but the jump from 3.0 to 3.2 is encouraging, please keep at it.
The Documentation on how to configure the Shell, is missing some love and completeness, please at least a english full docu on all switches, jumpers, strings, and configs is needed.

972: - bring back panel applet / convert all old applets to shell extensions
- more configuration options without having to use command line or 3rd party solutions

Advanced options are not a bad thing, don't systematically try to hide them.

973: More customization via configuration settings, not less. In addition to that greater and more clearer documentation of settings, especially for those not included in the fancy pants UI.

Keep up the good work.

974: Make GNOME3 more easily tweaked. It lacks many first party customization options and tools found in GNOME2.
That's about it.

975: 1. Much, much better documentation of GNOME development tech like Vala and PyGObject.
2. Faster startup time for applications and login. Some things (like gedit) can be unbearably slow.
3. Less drama and hurtful dialogue. Not entirely GNOME's fault, but the bickering and flamewars over stuff like Ubuntu, RMS, Mono, etc. is always boiling. Perhaps a community code of conduct?

976: Get menus back
Get choices back
Base it on Qt

Reconsider the damage you've done with Gnome shell for no user needs whatsoever. Nobody asked you to do this. Be humble and take it back.

977: Please incorporate options such as the ones available via the gnome-tweak utility.

I would like the "minimize window" behavior to be more like it was in Gnome 2.x.

I view Gnome 3 as a "work in progress" (such as KDE 4 was in its early stages). Bearing this in mind, I think that Gnome 3 has gotten off to a good start. (I'm using Gnome 3 in Fedora 15).

From what I'd read about Gnome 3, I expected to dislike it. But I thought that to be fair and open-minded, I should install Gnome 3 and try it for a week. I'm now in my third week of use and have been pleasantly surprised. It has some nice features and I think it definitely has potential.

I would like to ask the Gnome developers to be mindful of the fact that:

-- not everyone has a tablet/touchscreen device (or aspires to own one). There are still lots of desktop users out there.

-- not everyone has the latest, greatest hardware. Please try to limit Gnome 3.x to a realistic amount of RAM use and video card requirements.

Thanks for putting this survey together and allowing me the opportunity to comment on some points ...

978: 1 More config options.

2 Default to power off option instead of suspend, ( at least have a simple setting to change it)

3 easy way to add and remove applications from the Applications screen.

I love the new gnome setting, production work is faster in it, but need to add in more config options.
When I use gnome on a desktop I want to be able to configure it for a desktop, not to be forced to use it like a tablet pc.

979: -Move the top bar to the bottom so that I can close a window by throwing my mouse to the upper right.
-Bring back the window list so I know at a glance what windows are open without having to press keys or move my mouse.
-Barring any of that, make it possible to do these things through extensions.

Listen to your users, they're the ones using your software every day. A "vision" is not the same as usability testing. Removing features is not always "elegant." Instead of imposing a grand vision with no other options, make your grand vision the default, but make customization easy instead of impossible.

980: 1. Fix focus-follows-mouse
2. Fix focus-follows-mouse
3. Fix focus-follows-mouse

Fix focus-follows-mouse.

981: Make something to replace unity and host the packages to do it. I choose Ubuntu/Debian because of the distro, but hate unity.

982: Until I can use the "Separate X screens" mode for multiple monitors, nothing else matters, as I don't use Gnome 3.x due to this issue. Otherwise I really like the new Gnome-shell interface and once I can run the dual screen mode I want, i'll start using Gnome. Until then I'll be sticking with XFCE.

Make Gnome 3.x/shell work with the 'separate X screens' multiple monitors mode.

983: Let me put files on my desktop.
Taskbar. Default.
Less padding around each window. I don't care about nice design, I want my screen space back.

Don't listen to designers over users. The users who like having designers tell them what to use are all using macs.

984: Ability to modify specific elements of themes, fonts, etc. such as in GNOME 2.
Improve speed and memory usage to levels seen in GNOME 2 (or better!)
Better alt-F2 launcher

Simplicity in usage is *not* the same thing as reduced functionality. GNOME should be more flexible than the singular usage case its current developers are envisioning right now.

985: Make it use fewer resources
Make it always have the ability to have a desktop style interface with and application menu
Make it have more options and customizations like gnome 1.4

Gnome seems to be going in the same direction that everyone else is going (mobile/tablet interfaces). In my opinion the Gnome 3 interface seems more intuative and looks cleaner than the Windows 8 metro interface. For my desktop prefer using lighter simpler window managers, that get out of my way, and let me decide what I want.

986: the average speed
messaging integration
more advanced config tools

please give a fall-back mode in gnome 3! shell is awesome but some others doesn't like how shell handle it's work-flow.

Great job! I love all your work with gnome and shell.

987: 0. simple subset of tiling window manager bahavior
1. easier/more transparent to change panel applets
2. better power management
3. more straight-forward compiz settings adjustment

988: 1.Bring back desktop shortcuts
2.Allow wobbly windows and compiz like customization
3.Make gnome-shell use less RAM

Keep up the good work, and don't stop improving gnome. Gnome 3 was a bold move, and is coming along much better than how kde 4 started out. Please don't take us back to gnome 2, I'm sure gnome 3 will be just as good in the next few updates..


990: make editing menus completely graphical

better documentation as to config files, and just in general

lower requirements for middle of the road effects from middle of the road/integrated graphics

Make a simple 'restore things the way I had them button' for after, when the kid messes up the config

Dont stray too far from a working, usable simple desktop paradigm. If necessary, fork.

991: - Alt+tab to an application with multiple windows would only bring forward the most recent window, not *all* windows.
- More stability/attention paid to bugs in bugzilla

But most of all...
- Integrated desktop search. (Something that actually will index files and produce immediate results.)

Even though I agree with most of the design choices in Gnome Shell, it seems like some decisions have bothered users unnecessarily. A good example is hiding the Power Off behind a modifier key. Even though there are good reasons for doing this, these things probably piss more people off than they need to, and it's also the kind of thing that could have been done later on so as not to push too much change into people's faces at once.

992: 1. The buttons on notifications, they don't fit the shell style IMHO
2. I would like the dialogs like network connections or bluetooth not to close after changing an option.
3. Nothing else comes to my mind. GNOME is beautiful :D.

993: GTK3 is a great step forward. Nautilus is better than ever. But Gnome Shell is a huge step backwards.

994: return to simplicity.
focus on being fast and light on computer resources.
bring back the UI in Gnome 2.

995: def options():
for i in options:
option = str(i) + "Add more customizable options"
i += 1

996: 1) Don't force the cell phone metaphor on Workstation users.
2) Don't change for the sake of change.
3) Enhance emacs keybindings (e.g. ctl-p previous line, NOT print).

It seems that in your zeal to win over Windows users you're alienating the Linux/UNIX power user set.

997: Bring back the Gnome 2 environment for desktop/notebook use and rebrand the Gnome 3 shell as Gnome Tablet or Gnome Kiosk or Gnome for Poopyheads or Blingygnome or something like that.


Gnome 2 rocks! The Gnome 3 desktop is a giant bag of suck. You guys made the best DE there is and then what? What happened? Why did you do this to us? Were you all that bored? Did someone with deep pockets pay you all off to try and sabotage it?

998: Multiple monitor support is pretty dump. I like the way XMonad works.

GNOME 3 rocks! =D

999: 1 - Move the bloody windows to next workspace just by dragging them, and not by the workspace swticher app;
2 - Unselect does not erase the clipboard text in all aplications;
3 - Fix the disappearing selected text bug in evince

Don't change what is good and make it faster.

1000: 1.Port most, if not all applets to the GNOME 3.x (I personally use: system[cpu,io,mem,net,load] monitor, cpu frequency monitor, computer temperature monitor, tea time applet, battery and charging status, desktop recording utility).

2. Ability to easly add custom icons and menus to the upper panel in gnome shell. Ability to easly change position (top/bottom, left, right) of panels in gnome shell, would be also nice.

3. I find many windows of fixed width, but translated strings (in Polish) are too wide to fit in the this fixed width windows. Either allow them being wider, or make some automatic constrains on them.

4. Search in Activity search field, should be completly asynchronous. Typing in the search field, and actuall searching / displaying result should be decopuled. Currently there are not nice stalls when user writes something or press backspace.

5. "Preffered applications" should be separate entry in system settings window. It is currently hard to find in "System information".

More user feedback (surveys, tests, mockup polls, etc), before experimenting too much with UI of gnome!

Thanks for interesting work, but do not throw away old Gnome 2.x ! Try port it to GTK+3, and maybe only throw some old technologies if possible (like corba), but first migrate to new technologies if possible. I especially like customizable panels, applets and activators. In new Gnome 3, I and others, do not really have any freadom to create own personalized desktop environment. Changing skin/theme isn't enough. Sorry.

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