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I've been dabbling with gnome a little bit myself and I personally really like it. Some of these changes seem really nice. I don't think i'd ever use it for my main PC (too many restrictions), but it's still a great platform. People seem to hate it for the same reason they hate Windows 8 - the name implies you're getting a similar product to the predecessor, but it functions different enough that it angers people who can't handle change. Also, gnome is a lot better for touchscreens. Note that I'm primarily a KDE and XFCE user.
Does anyone have any idea when GNOME 3.12 might be released for Arch Linux?
Oh, I can't wait...
Usually it moves to [ŧesting] within a handful of days and can basically installed but will be released to [extra] about 2 weeks later to make sure the transistion is smooth.
There are already 3.12 apps in the [gnome-unstable] repo, which is kind of a staging repo.
Ah, okay. Maybe I could upgrade to testing since I really like having all the latest software that I could have in my Arch Linux box. I don't mind bugs at all -- maybe unless it gets way too severe.
I'd take a quick look at the testing forum just to see what people are running into- many times you won't run into any issues unless there's a big change, like when we started switching to systemd. Honestly, you tend not to get insane bugs, but the dependency chain is what you have to watch out for. Switching back to the core repos from testing can be problematic sometimes.
Like blackout said, most of GNOME 3.12 is in the gnome-unstable repo, which tends to be your best bet for trying new releases early. The only major package I'm not seeing there right now is the Shell, so it's likely you'll be able to take a look at that soon enough.
Is it? I've heard Plasma became quite good at this as well. (My display is not HiDPI, so I can't tell.)
Yes, Both GNOME and Plasma are doing pretty well although at this point GNOME does have more of the kinks worked out. Intel provided some hardware to GNOME developers which really helped. Some of it is just adding quirks when hardware provides misleading info about its own capabilities but unfortunately that is a common occurance and quirks needs to be added regularly. Thankfully many of the workarounds get pushed down to kernel or udev which Plasma can take advantage of, as well.