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  • phoronix
    started a topic The 2012 GNOME User Survey Begins, Take It Now

    The 2012 GNOME User Survey Begins, Take It Now

    Phoronix: The 2012 GNOME User Survey Begins, Take It Now

    It's time for the annual GNOME User Survey to solicit feedback from Linux desktop users about their views on the GNOME desktop, preferences about Linux desktop features, and other topics. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey...

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

  • Yezu
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    Originally posted by cardboard View Post
    It was never properly explained to me why I had to have a 2ft long panel on the screen, and the only useful thing I'm allowed on it is a clock right smack dab in the center.

    I have a 27" monitor, I want my desktop to treat it like a monitor... not a 27" phone.
    I'm also confused by the top bar... I use GNOME on a 15" laptop and having a top bar (which has very limited functionality) and a maximized application bar (which also has very little functionality) is a terrible waste of screen space. Wouldn't it be wise to merge the two?

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  • a user
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    Originally posted by cardboard View Post
    It was never properly explained to me why I had to have a 2ft long panel on the screen, and the only useful thing I'm allowed on it is a clock right smack dab in the center.

    I have a 27" monitor, I want my desktop to treat it like a monitor... not a 27" phone.
    hmm, my panel is full of usefull things. i actually removed again some of them cause it felt overloaded. like on gnome 2 and on more or less any other os you can add kind of widgets or here called extensions into it

    though, as this is still a work in prgress regarding feature richness, there aren't too many available yet. but enough for my tast.

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  • cardboard
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    It was never properly explained to me why I had to have a 2ft long panel on the screen, and the only useful thing I'm allowed on it is a clock right smack dab in the center.

    I have a 27" monitor, I want my desktop to treat it like a monitor... not a 27" phone.

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  • moonlite
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    09. If you could change three things in GNOME, what would they be?
    [...]

    The options given in 09 are very skewed towards a
    particular vocal minority of the Linux community. This is what i would
    like to change:
    1) more content apps (they're apparently in the making)
    2) application sandboxing
    3) better handling of system resources (think moving from gnome-session to a systemd powered session that starts apps in cgroups, that you do some resource management magic on. This to make it possible to do heavy duty work in the background while still watching a movie for example)

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  • Delgarde
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    Originally posted by kigurai View Post
    I have no problem with people disagreeing. It's the bitching and name calling that ticks me off. If their vision does not fit yours (people in general, not you in particular) then switch to something else. I was a hardcore Ubuntu-user for quite a few years. But since I felt they were going in the wrong direction, I switched to Fedora a few releases ago. And that was the end of that.
    Likewise. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with the Gnome guys, but the amount of nastiness and abuse directed their way is really depressing.

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  • Delgarde
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    Originally posted by disi View Post
    Add shutdown / restart / suspend options <<-- this comes in 3.6 but we lose the logout option

    Add support for tiled window management <<-- this is something I miss

    Other than that, Gnome 3 is great
    Actually, the menu item I miss most is Hibernate. My elderly netbook *can* suspend, but since the battery life is almost non-existent, suspend isn't all that useful - the battery will probably still be dead by the time I switch it on again. Hibernating it is much more useful to me, and works fine on the hardware. I have extensions to add it back, but I'd rather do without them.

    As for tiling, it's not something I care much for, but Shell *does* at least have minimal support for splitting the screen between two windows...

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  • Delgarde
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    Originally posted by Kivada View Post
    Its different enough that it should have been spun off into a separate, optional project. I don't like it for the same reasons I don't like LXDE and XFCE.
    I'm not disputing that it's different - I'm disputing the claim that it represents "wholesale changing the UI paradigm". Because it really doesn't.

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  • ElderSnake
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    Originally posted by Fenrin View Post
    if their policy of "shaping the user experience" is so strict like your pretending it to be, why did they even work on extension support for gnome3? This doesn't make any sense. The configurability of gnome 2 is actually considerable worse than it is in Gnome 3.
    Even I'm a bit confused by that one. From what I've seen from some of their main devs, they really don't LIKE the fact there are extensions to change themes and just generally change the shell etc.

    I can only think it's there to appease the masses but I believe, without trawling every single mailing list, they are a tad conflicted by it internally.

    For example this quote by Allan Day:

    Facilitating the unrestricted use of extensions and themes by end users seems contrary to the central tenets of the GNOME 3 design. We’ve fought long and hard to give GNOME 3 a consistent visual appearance, to make it synonymous with a single user experience and to ensure that that experience is of a consistently high quality. A general purpose extensions and themes distribution system seems to threaten much of that.
    And

    Originally posted by William Jon McCann
    I agree with Allan. I am really concerned about this effort to encourage and sanction themes and extensions.

    In addition to the things Allan mentioned in the preceding mails, I think there are a few other issues to consider.

    1. We rely on enthusiasts for testing
    2. We rely on enthusiasts for building our brand

    I think it is clearly detrimental to both to have more fragmentation and reshaping, recoloring, and replacing the user experience – especially in this critically important group of early adopters.

    The issue is not whether extensions may be useful. The issue is whether they will be harmful to our larger goals.

    If we aren’t careful they will be. I agree with Allan that, if we insist on going through with this idea, we at least have a few places in the design that remain unchanged. I think that themes should notbe included, that the top bar should not be changed, and that the overview should not be fundamentally altered.
    Which may be why the Theme Extension always seems rather broken..hmm. Not only broken extensions, but adding a decent amount of extensions, to me, it seems like the Shell gets slower/choppier. Whether this is a Javascript thing or what I don't know.

    Of course KDE4 took quite some time to get more efficient and stable so that could be a similar thing here.

    It's quite okay if people like Gnome 3, indeed they are probably the audience Gnome are targeting. But the sheer bashing and exodus of the Gnome desktop suggests that not all is well and they have alienated a great number of their original users.

    This is a good article to read over, including the quotes http://igurublog.wordpress.com/2012/...ing-in-threes/
    Last edited by ElderSnake; 11-18-2012, 04:55 PM.

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  • Fenrin
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    Originally posted by disi View Post
    I also found this extension a few days ago. It is really helpful. Other extensions I like: Wikipedia Search Provider, Pomodoro, system-monitor

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