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Problems With The GNOME Shell

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Published on 31 May 2011 08:18 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME
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Debates surrounding Linux desktop environments, especially the new Ubuntu Unity shell and the GNOME 3.0 Shell, tend to be very polarized. There also tends to be lots of trolling by users when such debates occur within our forums and elsewhere. But what do graphics driver developers -- and those not out simply to rant -- think of the new desktops? Well, Alex Deucher of AMD recently switched over to the GNOME Shell and he's provided a list of issues he's had with the experience thus far.

In this blog post, Alex Deucher writes about his GNOME Shell experience as his primary Linux UI. He lists 11 problems he's having on this new version of GNOME. The list includes lack of multiple application instances, no restart/shutdown/hibernate options, suspend on lid events, minimize controls, quick launching, system settings, and the lack of applets, among others.

As talked about in How Unity, Compiz, GNOME Shell & KWin Affect Performance, the new desktops / compositing window managers also tend to possess a lot of bugs. The GNOME Shell is also in a position where if using it while gaming, you'll be at a performance loss compared to the other options.

Related to the GNOME Shell and graphics drivers, David Airlie pushed a new R600g commit that adds context control to the start of command submission. He reports this should at least let "GNOME Shell run for a while longer."

In the forums you can share your current Linux desktop experiences.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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