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  • phoronix
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    GNOME 2.30 Released; Farewell To GNOME 2.xx

    Phoronix: GNOME 2.30 Released; Farewell To GNOME 2.xx

    The GNOME community is very excited today as they have just released version 2.30 of the GNOME Desktop. Besides being another six-month upgrade to this popular Linux desktop that brings evolutionary upgrades, GNOME 2.30 was originally going to become GNOME 3.0, but that was pushed back by six months...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODExNQ

  • KAMiKAZOW
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    Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
    GNOME Shell is officially part of the current GNOME release to provide users with a early look and gather feedback.
    A pre-release. Not enabled by default.


    Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
    A number of changes in GNOME including the nautilus mode and changes in icons have been made in anticipation of the GNOME Shell change.
    Then apply those changes only when Shell in running. For years Nautilus' brain-dead behavior was defended, but once a new desktop is remotely on the horizon, Nautilus is suddenly changed as if it's not possible to wait for that change until 3.0.
    But whatever. Every distro (IIRC except Fedora) always enabled browser mode by default anyway.


    Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
    If you don't like GNOME Shell or your hardware is old, you can continue running the older GNOME Panel which will be a alternative session that will continue to be available.
    As if I'd ever use a DE that can't even place file icons right...
    No thanks. Plasma and Dolphin for me.

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  • bugmenot
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    Am I the only one who prefers spatial mode?

    It seems to make more sense and was way cleaner in interface.

    But I will not complain about it too much as its just a simple change to return to spatial mode (which btw all the people complaining about it could also use).

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  • RahulSundaram
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    Originally posted by KAMiKAZOW View Post
    Why do they change the behaviour before GNOME Shell is even released (not counting prereleases)? GNOME 3.0 will be released in September with Shell as default GUI.
    GNOME Shell is officially part of the current GNOME release to provide users with a early look and gather feedback. A number of changes in GNOME including the nautilus mode and changes in icons have been made in anticipation of the GNOME Shell change.

    If you don't like GNOME Shell or your hardware is old, you can continue running the older GNOME Panel which will be a alternative session that will continue to be available.

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  • val-gaav
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    Originally posted by srg_13 View Post
    Anyway, Clearlooks on the whole looks far more elegant that KDE 4's default theme, even if KDE's desktop is pretty...
    You've got to be kidding... If anything Oxygen is the first deafult theme used by any Linux DE that looks good.

    I'm sorry but Clearlooks and the former KDE default Plastik are just ugly.

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  • KAMiKAZOW
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    Originally posted by drag View Post
    The reason they changed the default back to browser mode and added split mode is because the use case for Nautilus changes when your using 'Gnome Shell'.
    Why do they change the behaviour before GNOME Shell is even released (not counting prereleases)? GNOME 3.0 will be released in September with Shell as default GUI.

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by drag View Post
    the things that suck so far is that the 'places and devices', and the 'recently used' items is too small for touch screens.
    These parts also suck for regular high-resolution mouse interaction. The items are way too small and there's not enough feedback to help you guide the pointer. Things should really become bigger, light up on hover and depress on click!

    A little more contrast wouldn't hurt either, gray-on-dark doesn't really work.

    This is the first time I've actually seen a useful use for the Windows button.

    What to open up your web browser quickly without using the mouse?

    <windows key>
    type: browser
    down-arrow to select
    return key to launch

    If they integrate things like chat logs, emails, and recently visited websites into the search results then that would be _FANTASTIC_.
    Basically reinvent Gnome Do in javascript. Necessary if gnome-shell is to become useful but lots of duplicated effort (and Gnome Do has a headstart of a couple of years plus dozens of plugins).

    I'm still not convinced about gnome-shell. I can see the merits of the design, but the current implementation leaves too much to be desired. Can the devs really clean this up in time for an October launch?

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  • Hephasteus
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    As long as rpm -qa | grep gnome-shell doesn't have to return a package name i'll keep using it. I love gnome but I don't like gnome-shell.

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  • Joe Sixpack
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    Originally posted by Remco View Post
    BlackStar is no troll. He makes fun of trolls. The difference is nonexistent of course, because sarcasm doesn't exist on the Internet.
    I thought that was blatantly obvious at this point. Sometimes we still entertain him though - just out of respect.

    The funny part is that as much as he trolls he's actually one of the smartest people on Phoronix. Sometimes he slips and forgets to troll - letting his guard down and saying something only an experienced Linux veteran would know. It's kind of a dead giveaway.

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  • drag
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    However, instead of the clicking frenzy, it turns into a drag the mouse frenzy because everything is so far away from each other!

    This is epic and all with touch screens, but then again typing while googling for you files would suck...
    It's not too bad.

    The 'Activities' button is very easy to hit. You can do it with your eyes closed; very literally.

    Just close your eyes, move your mouse in a upper-left direction fast and you'll hit it 100% of the time. For pointer-driven interfaces the 4 corners are magical items. You could make a icon 1 pixel square in each corner and it'll still be about the easiest and largest button you can click anywere on the screen.

    For touchscreens it works out pretty well also. It's still a easy button to hit and the grid layout for favorite applications is easy use.

    the things that suck so far is that the 'places and devices', and the 'recently used' items is too small for touch screens.

    The application menu is, unfortunately, shit. Arranging applications in alphabetical order is just a really really bad idea. I think that people look for applications by function, not by name.

    The integrated can somewhat make up for it. It's actually pretty useful and most of the time I can find what I am looking for, but it's not perfect. They really need to get back to having a sane menu layout, even if it's just for secondary usage.

    I like the 'favorites' though. On my gnome panel I always add on favorites manually, so this matches how I do things.

    For people that use full screen windows all the time, though, it sucks because they are probably used to using the task bar for locating applications so it's going to be a tough thing for them to let go.

    If you get used to hitting the 'Windows' key on your keboard then this can help you locate things much qucker; although they need to work on keyboard-only navigation a bit more. This avoids having to move the mouse over to the corner of your screen.

    This is the first time I've actually seen a useful use for the Windows button.

    What to open up your web browser quickly without using the mouse?

    <windows key>
    type: browser
    down-arrow to select
    return key to launch

    If they integrate things like chat logs, emails, and recently visited websites into the search results then that would be _FANTASTIC_.

    If your the type that wants the icons on your desktop though... don't forget about the side panel. It's ugly and it's turned off by default, but I can see lots of interesting uses for it.

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