What People Are Saying About GNOME [Part 3]
Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 19 November 2011. Page 1 of 10. 76 Comments

The GNOME 2011 User Survey is still going on, so be sure to participate. For those wanting to know what other Linux desktop users are saying about the GNOME3 desktop environment, here's one thousand more comments. (After publishing part 1 and part 2 previously.)

2001: allow drag and drop fuctionality to copy not move files or ,better a context menu to select copy, move ,create symlink like kde3.

don't change the look and feel of the desktop between releases.

enhance keyboard only operation.

and (this is 4 things)

make nuatilus open terminal a standard feature.

I am a kde3 refugee and only use gnome because it ships with ubuntu,
I don't like unity and probabally don't like Gnome3 (not actually tried it) so I am looking for a new desktop, or maybe I will drop the desktop altogether and learn emacs and screen (due to RSI i sometimes find it painful to use a mouse)

2002: + higher customizability
+ lighter file manager
+ drop mono

Keep up the good work guys! :)

2003: * Bring back Gnome 2
* Bring back Gnome 2
* Bring back Gnome 2

2004: Drop this "we know better than the users" crap, and stop removing features and settings that are fundamental to your core users. Like it or not, Linux is perpetually 5 years away from "taking over the world", so stick with the userbase you've got and stop pissing them off. The underlying tech is generally fantastic (biased: I created GStreamer) but it's being buried in inane simplifications. If I wanted that, I'd use Windows.

2005: 1. Better control over desktops:
I do a lot of web dev on my linux machine. Since it is very close to the environment that it'll run on, it saves me time. I used to be able to control desktops much better with GNOME 2. The problem is that I have specific ways in which certain applications must be kept next to each other in terms of desktops (vertical/horizontal doesn't bother me). Sure, I have two monitors and it works out most of the time, but still, this is a huge impediment to my current work flow. This was as bad as the time MS introduced the "Ribbon" system. I've considered switching to KDE, but haven't done so just yet. If 3.2 allows me to have control over the desktops (or just even feature to add a new desktop between the two existing desktops) I would be a happy camper. I think though that automatically disappearing desktops is a good feature for most users in terms of UI, just not for people who have established work flows with desktops.

2. Notification icons:
I'm not sure if I like that placement. I deal with this kind of issue where I don't know where to place icons on a site, but I think the bottom-right was probably wrong. I think that everything should be on top (except the notifications themselves which should be subtle).

3. App dock:
Not sure if this package is an official GNOME3 package, but I have gnome-shell-extension-dock installed. I wish that I could place this not on the right side, but on the left or the bottom. It is weird for me because my second screen is to the right of the main monitor. Having this dock between monitors is kind of weird visually. Sure, I could press the command/windows key to get to the application view, but that is still an extra step.

I think a lot is going in the right direction and it is hard to get it right the first time. I understand this coming from webdev/design. Please fix the desktop issue! I need to be able to have a static number of desktops or to have a way to create a new desktop between two existing desktops. Please just make it a checkbox options somewhere because I really don't like it when a desktop disappears if I accidentally close something out! (which happens at least twice a day and I have to shuffle everything again.....)

Thank you for all the hard work!

2006: * The poweroff button only visible when holding Alt - not intuitive. I had to google it. It wasn't a big deal for me, since I generally run poweroff/halt from the shell, but it will likely prove frustrating to those less inclined to shells.

In general, choose ease of use over style, with target end user being those newer to Linux.

2007: * Closely integrated documentation, written in a more fluent style.
* More open access to internal configuration.
* Better integration with MIME types & program associations.

2008: Get rid of the gnome 3 team

2009: add a real window manager (not that toy)

2010: * Add a theme to v3.2 with v2.0 window chrome (minimise buttons, resize borders >2 pixels, title bars <400 pixels)

* Consistency - why is Google chat configured natively in v3.2, but Jabber relegated to Empathy? I thought they were both SIP/ XMPP?

* Extend TweakUI for tech savvy users (Netbook screen estate, GDM 'Leave Message', Shutdown, desktop icons, launchers)

Thanks for your hard work to write code and innovate, but please stop trying to build a tablet interface for fat fingered noobs.
Apple has that market already, and the race downwards towards simplification is likely to loose you the tech-savvy contributors you need to file meaningful bug reports, write patches, and generally keep things together.

2011: unity, customization, unity

get rid of unity, or at least give us options

2012: - have compiz as a default
- be able to make some applications 'portable' and export them to windows (nautilus... I'd love to see that as a stand-alone in windows)
- nothing else -- partly because I haven't tried v3.x yet, and mostly because I am happy with the desktop!

as above... making smaller functions more portable to be able to run in windows when I _have_ to use windows - nautilus for example.

2013: The arrogance and the change for the sake of change that has its ultimate expression in Gnome 3, aks "Time to Switch to XFCE"

Stop ruining Gnome. Get over yourselves. You want to make something completly different, fork Gnome. But stop pissing all over it and the users. Enough already.

2014: 1) Add advanced mode for doing more serious itch scratching, i.e making windows of a particular type (e.g. all Eclipse) launch/stick to a particular virtual window
2) More cowbell
3) Change icon, perhaps I have categorically misunderstood, but why the hell is the icon a foot??

1) Keep up the good work!

2015: Kill Gnome 3
Kill Gnome 3
Kill Gnome 3

Really. Gnome 3 has been simplified and cleaned up to the point where it makes any serious user cry. My measure of a desktop is primarily how much work I get done in how many keystrokes or how much mouse fiddling. Gnome 3 has been a huge step backward.

And it would be nice if snapshotting a desktop so all the application windows get restored after restart would be working. That was never working great and I last saw it working years ago in Gnome but it's THE feature I'm missing most.

2016: Parts of Evolution.
Parts of Abiword.
I don't know.

Please don't remove options that I use. Please listen to comments from users about changes that are bad, and fix them. (E.g. going from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04, the Typing Monitor (A computer break reminder.) stopped showing gradients in the time remaining until the next break. Instead it was always green, until it was red. No difference between 4 minutes remaining and 44 four minutes (the warning red comes at the three minute mark).

2017: - add a tiling manager
- make it use less memory

2018: 0.) Make it easier to use your libraries outside of GNOME
1.) Make it easier to use your libraries outside of Linux (e.g. Windows)
2.) Cook me breakfast.

Play to your strenghs, continue to polish off your weaknesses. You have my pitty with regard to the impact of Unity to the unity of GNOME users and a large chunk of Linuxers.

2019: 1. Please don't try to force a gui that is better suited for netbooks on people who use desktops, one size does NOT fit all.

2. Continue development on both Gnome Shell and the Classic workspace they both have their places.

3. Basically do not do what Canonical did and force something unwanted on users and ruin your reputation and image in their eyes. UNITY = FAIL

2020: 1.thicker borders for window resizing
2.obvious keyboard way to manipulate the gnome desktop
3.poweroff on the menu without an alt key

2021: A) better testing for laptop-multi-monitor configs,
B) role confusion with {keyrings, sudo, luser/root, single-user ,dbus, Admin/owner} and things like Network-Manager or power-preferences. (eg: whose passwd does `sudo` want to see ?)
C) bashing bash: I'm fed up trying to understand .bash_login .bash_logout .bashrc .profile & variations on signing-on via ssh or via gdm/xdm/kdm/whatever (no it's not "directly" a gnomism, just very indirectly inconvenient;-)

gnome gets confusing when used on Ubuntu+debian+SuSE+Centos.
The problem isn't gnome, but the differing distribution's policies & mindset.
(I use all at work for varying tasks (Laptop+utilities+SAP+Networkmgmt) as well as Solaris, AIX & OSX)

otherwise keep up the good work

2022: 1. Get Gnome panel back as an option(familiar desktop experience).
2. Gnome seems to be losing configurability, bring configurability back and give power back to users.
3. -

Instead of testing crazy ideas in production versions of Gnome as a default, please keep old functionality in place and offer those crazy ideas as an option and see if they become popular.

Gnome would need some kind of a central release/design/quality team which would have power over individual developers, because when developers have all the decision power, wacky things start to happen. Remember spatial nautilus? Fortunately with spatial nautilus, there was a way to get old behavior back.

2023: more desktop themes

2024: CBA to tell.

Get your shit together.

2025: Less user tracking, GNOME is just as bad as Windows and Mac as far as recording information about a user when not needed (last thumb drives plugged in?)

Two worst points for GNOME in my opinion are network-manager and documentation. Thanks.

2026: 1. Icons and GUI are a bit too "cutesy" and cartoony, although it's gotten better over the years.
2. GNOME seems to try to put the cart before the horse with each major release. A stable, working desktop is already innovative, we don't have to tear the interface apart every few years. Let others create new interfaces, GNOME already has carved out a solid place for itself.
3. This is a very real problem: http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html

"If it ain't broke don't fix it." Just because touchscreen devices are becoming more popular and so is "the cloud", doesn't mean that type of interface (Android and iOS-like) needs to be pushed on everyone. The burden of proof is on the change, not what already works. GNOME still could use some polishing in what it does now, and stability will help adoption much more than anything else...I've seen newer distros become more buggy because of GUI "improvements", not less. It's gotten to the point where I have to be much more careful in recommending a distro that uses GNOME, not less careful. In many cases, I've recommended LXDE to new users instead. Unity and GNOME 3 are already too similar and showcase some of the same design flaws. I'm speaking not just for myself, but for the large group of users I support.

2027: Bring back the GNOME 2.2x panels, especially the widgets.

Better hardware compatibility when compositing.

2028: a) The System Settings are lame compared to the GNOME 2 settings, not enough options:
1. Power management options have thinned. There should be a option to sleep at 10 % battery, instead of hibernation at Critical. And sometimes Hibernation is greyed out without a reason given. Perhaps take a leaf from Windows options?
2. Network settings (Proxy): No way to enter proxy server exceptions (GNOME 2 had this). And for some reason Chromium stopped using those settings.
b) Browsing phone files via Bluetooth doesn't work anymore.

Great work! Perhaps you could use hovering to the right top edge for something, like showing a column of workspaces or open windows (like in some Android shell, the one used in Galaxy Tab). By the way, I'm using Oneiric, so it might be that some of my comments apply to Ubuntu and not GNOME. If so, my apologies.

2029: 1. Make the delete key work right in Nautilus again
2. Make it possible to turn screen-blanking off (instead of 1 hour max)
3. Make it possible to turn off recent document tracking. I don't want this, and the workaround (make the tracking file unwritable) causes a bunch of console error messages in gedit.

GNOME 3 is great. Don't let the whiners get you down. There are a couple things that are "by design" that annoy me, but no one gets *everything* perfect on the first try, and overall I like the direction GNOME is going.

2030: KDE is just better, efforts should be in put in common

Join KDE

2031: To be able to configure Gnome to my liking without having to use applications like gnome-tweak-tool or editing text files.

Stop dumbing it down. It's fine to make things easy for beginners, it's another to make things difficult for the rest.

2032: \begin{enumerate}
\item More user control. Yes, it's OSS, I can change it if I want. I don't want to recompile my bloody desktop. I want an options panel where I can set \textbf{everything} to whatever value I want. More user control is my \#1 issue.
\item Gnome 3 is a regression. Gnome 2 was really wonderful for most everyone. Personally, as a programmer, I like the idea of having a unified interface for everyone, from netbooks to desktops with large monitors. \textit{However}, I strongly believe this is a case where GNOME is putting out a new shiny toy (Gnome 3) and every distribution is picking it up when it still needs some polishing and more options.
\item Sorry for the \LaTeX, figured it was the best way to sort my ideas for computer parsing. It was that or XML. Third point to change, the desktop doesn't need to be shiny. Have a shiny version and have a usable version, if you absolutely insist it needs more shiny-ness. (By that I mean the polished chrome looks, the desktop effects. I'm very happy with a very plain but quick to use desktop.) I love gnome too much though, to switch to anything else.

Listen to your userbase! <3 They love you and want to give you suggestions. Driving for user friendliness is one thing, but you're targetting a demographic you don't yet have. That's awesome, I love linux and want to share it, but not at the expense of people who've been using it forever and ever.

2033: 1. Kill the Gnome 3 project. Don't try to save it, just kill it. It's better this way.
2. Customizable quick launch in my toolbar or event the ability to add anything to the toolbar?
3. Easy multiple monitor support?
4. Stabilize the environment so that developers of other projects can build something that will integrate cleanly rather than installing something which in turn breaks 5 other things.

STOP work on Gnome 3 and shred all documents relating to it. Then bury those that were involved in its creation so they may never harm my desktop again. It's awful. Not everyone is going to run this on a tablet. You can't even change the screen saver? Who's awesome idea was this? I'd like to have actual icons on my desktop because I put them there for a reason! I'd like to tile my windows easily and have them easily accessible when i minimize them. I'd like to have multiple work spaces for the different things i'm working on and easily see them in my toolbar rather than your knock off OSX habits.

I first experienced Gnome after getting bored with XP. I loved the way i could customize everything. Changing transparency on active windows made sense. I like my desktop looking nice when i stare at it while in thought. It can be a work of art. It is no longer.

Gnome 3 and the beta's of Win8 are looking more and more similar which is a bad thing. Why in the name of all that is holy would you want to go down THAT road?

I've switched to KDE and OSX. Though there are things that i don't like, they're usable at least.

2034: 1. Gnome slows down and displays a blank screen for a while when you enter a directory with many files. More efficient behavior in that situation would be good.

2. Better documentation for gconf. It's often hard to find where to and how to change a specific setting.

3. I haven't tried gnome 3, but i like the windows 7 backup tool and i would love if gnome had something like that.

I like the bar at the bottom. Thanks for all your hard work!

2035: -- Let me use my own approach to file organization (i.e. eliminate Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. in favor of Scratch, Current, and Archive).

-- Emphasize containers, virtualization, and version control systems.

-- Improve multi-device interaction and resource sharing.

-- Assume systems have at least a 5-10 year lifetime, and will evolve considerably over that period. Providing tools to manage that evolution in an intuitive way is a worthy aspersion.

-- Workspaces are nice.

2036: Enable delete,copy, paste actions in the applications open, save as menu.
Better way to hide hidden files in the open dialog of applications.
Coherency in the use of the notification area vs applets.

2037: 1) Take a look at something called GridMove, its for windows but it would kick ass in Gnome!

2) I tend to prefer Terminator to gnome-terminal, perhaps if some of those flexibilities were back ported to gnome-terminal that would be awesome!

3) Im not a fan of the new interface for gnome3, I tried it but found it to be very clumsy. The whole side-bar unity thing drives me a bit nuts caus eI cant move it to the bottom or to the top and get it to auto-hide. That may have change drecently however.

No, not really, every user is different, of course we have our priorities. Im really thankfull for the gnome team and their work, I think Gnome is far better than KDE because it is so so much simpler and less noisy. I find the desktop more fluid, I think perhaps if the team focused on the 20% of features that make up the user experience without getting to overly ambitious in changing the user paradigm and interaction, things would go a bit better.

Need clarification, Any ways I can help with gnome? [email protected]

2038: Please, oh please abandon the Tablet game. PLEASE. Not Every user interface needs to work or flourish on Tablets. Tablets won't be 1005 saturation in 3 years, and many many people just want a functional DESKTOP user interface. Gnome3 broke a perfectly working and very functional desktop UI in Gnome2(Not perfect, but damn usable) with a half baked Tablet wanna be which has made my desktop experience worse (Hence why I abandoned Fedora15 and moved back to Fedora14).

If you really really wanted to move Gnome into the tablet space, why didn't you simply create a compatible fork project with core features shared between both!

Enough said from first answer.

2039: 1. Less drastic change between 2.x and 3.0.
2. Less drastic change between 2.x and 3.0.
3. Less drastic change between 2.x and 3.0.

2040: Just this suggestion. I stopped using Gnome a while back when it didn't properly support my new 2 monitor setup. I went to xfce.

2041: 1 A standardized menu protocol that can be used in all windowmanagers. A db (i.e xml) where I as a developer knows that I can register my program and it will show up as intended in the corresponding menu no matter what Windowmanager the program is installed on.

2 The terminal services client gui: Save uname, passw. Create list of servers. Associate serverS -> User. Save. If changing a password, all entries in serverlist are updated.

3 Support for Echange (can't belive I wrote that)

Amazing product!

2042: Greater ability to modify settings, without having to resort to gconf changes

2043: The menu editor, the control centre, better tiling/placement rules support

2044: List of running applications to switch to more accessible.
Virtual desktop on second monitor
Mouse pointer in torus (going up the upside goes to the bottom and so on for left, right and bottom)

Switch to command panel takes time in gnome 3.0

2045: Stick with Gnome 2.x look and feel.
Integrate/port the gnome-do feature set (not the Mono code itself) as part of GNOME.

I found GNOME 2.3x to be very close to the perfect desktop, and it's what I'm currently using. Compiz is perfect for expose and workspace switching, as well as overall animations. I don't particularly like the theme and/or feel of GNOME 3; I would be much happier if the next version was like 2.3x and had a lot of polish (create a really beautiful default theme).

Also, I would ditch Epiphany and re-allocate those resources elsewhere.

2046: Make it more customizable, allow users to create shortcuts/menus the way they used to.

2047: 1. More options regarding window placement, ex remember last position and size, or center placement.
2. Completely Gnome Based look and feel from boot to shutdown - GnomeOS.
3. Launch Empathy and Gwibber from Personal/Me Menu.

Love Gnome3! Thank you for all the work gone into this amazing functional and good looking interactive experience.

2048: Keep up the great work. I have been using LXDE often lately but I am about ready to go back to GNOME because your documentation is better, it seems more flexible, and just works.

2049: Expose more functionality/advanced settings.

Keep going with Gnome 3. I haven't used it yet (my laptop crashed hard under linux so I've been stuck on windows this past year, but am switching back to next mint + gnome 3 on new machine).

2050: configuration, configuration, configuration

I am sorely disappointed with the GNOME development team in that the configuration options were not even finished in GNOME 2.X before working on 3.X. Not that it is not done yet as it is early in the development but the lack of coverage and completion. It seems as though they are going down the road as 2.X all over again. 80% of linux users want to customize their desktop. The other 20% is made up of those that use what the distro gives them. Currently in 3.X, you cannot customize it and neither can the distros.

2051: Make it more like Unity :) Or just adopt Unity.
Add more testing before any release to avoid regressions (do it like Apple -- get a room full of "standard" supported computers and make sure everything runs reliably on every one before each release).

Accept responsibility for creating an integrated operating system tested to run reliably on some defined set of supported desktop and laptop computers; develop and test to a defined release of glibc/linux/binutils; test sound, networking, video, suspend/hibernate and all of the core GNOME apps.

You need a testing lab! You need a testing manager! You need pass/fail feedback to the developers; a release must pass a test suite! "It runs for me on my computer" is not an acceptable standard anymore.

I left GNOME a couple of years ago after years of experiencing frequent updates of poorly integrated components and pretty interfaces over a fucking buggy pile of crap. I know how hard it is, I have been in charge of developing the operating system and interface for several industrial control systems.

GNOME has been a mess. I've been watching closely lately and applaud the general direction of change!

2052: 1. change the window look and feel like windows/mac os (For example when I open my eclipse IDE in windows i get more space for my menus/editors in my screen in the same resolution)

window display improvements

2053: make it easier to change themes
make it easier to have rotating desktop backgrounds
make the panel more customizable

While i found Gnome 3.0 to have a few rough edges, I am very much liking 3.2, and it has now become my primary desktop.

Keep up the good work.

2054: easier access to the terminal - desktop right click menu shortcut

I have been using KDE as my main desktop environment for 15 years and have been testing GNOME on my laptop and netbook - the new 3.0 version is stabilizing and has a very clean look which I like very much, keep up the good work.

2055: Better multi-monitor support

Don't try to gain new users by alienating old ones. Maintain functionality and layer enhancements on top - which can be turned off if people don't want them.

2056: 1. "Run/Open as root" to drop down (R-clk) menu.

2. Can you keep a hot version of 2.x going?
(I really don't need/want a fancy UI)

3. Let us try your Goobuntu!!!

Unity really is a noobie UI. I need/want a "very stable" v2.x or 3.x that can be stripped of some of the bells & whistles.

Gnome is my desktop of choice for all my systems. I am seriously disappointed in the direction of Ubuntu. Richard is taking it away from "Linux". I am/have been looking for a new distro for several months. Ubuntu 10.10 Rocked! Since then it has all been downhill.

2057: 1. Add IONICE settings to Nautilus or at the least, default Nautilus copy processes to "low priority"

2. Add a more "user-friendly" configuration tool

3. Retain Gnome Classic mode in future Gnome versions

Gnome 3 with Shell is great for netbooks and tablets. For me, it is inferior to Gnome 2 on a desktop with multiple monitors. Do whatever you likle with Gnome Shell (great for some situations), but keep a "Gnome Classic" mode for those that need to be productive on their desktop machines!

2058: Stability, speed, wobbly windows

2059: continue the great work. It's amazing what you've accomplished so far.

2060: I only wish to change one thing: bring back a sane interface. Gnome 3.x is completely different from Gnome 2.x, and while it may work for some people, I am not one of them. I've switched to XFCE on all of my machines that matter, and won't consider going back to Gnome until it has a decent configurability for the emulation of the 2.x way of doing things. I don't know if there's a plan for adding such an option, but I'm not holding my breath.

2061: please support 2.x indefinitely ...

2062: Clutter/Mutter is a mess! Give me something that doesn't slow down to a crawl after 30 minutes of use! Give me something that's customizable, that has good management tools.

Let users give feedback, listen to them.

2063: 1 - Lighter Weight, panel uses so much resources

2 - More advanced window manager with grouping, tabs, etc

3 - Better technical documentation, don't understand settings-daemon, it seems to mess up settings i have in text files where they should be

Take a long time to abandon fallback mode (if at all)

2064: Things I love about Gnome shell / Gnome 3:
* Launching and switching windows is really intuitive.
* Visual clean look.

Things I don't like:
* New network setting dialogue is too limiting. Lot of things I cant figure out how to do, and I have to bring up the old "Network Connections" dialogue to do them.
* Notifications need to be dismissed. I liked Ubuntu's notify osd where you can't dismiss a notification, it just goes away after a short while.

2065: Allow me to have files/folders from ~/Desktop show up on the actual desktop
Put the shortcuts toolbar back...don't make me hover over activities to see my favorites
don't make me hold down alt to change from "log off" to "power down"

Keep up the good work. GNOME 3 isn't as bad as some people claim. I've been mostly happy with it...it's just a matter of getting used to it.

2066: 1. Better support for adding small apps to bar at top and customizing main drop down menu.
2. Support the "tweaks" app in system settings instead of a downloaded app. I need my min and maximize buttons and icons on desktop.
3. Continue improvements for Tablets/touchscreens.

Don't be so apposed to customizing behaviors.

2067: Unify Cut-And-Paste buffers (i.e., Ctrl-C and mouse highlight, Ctrl-V and middle click use the same buffer).
Standardize and enforce keyboard shortcuts (hate to say it, but "like Windows").
Speed it up.

Don't sacrifice power and customizability for ease of use or eye candy.

2068: Being able to dragbox inside nautilus.
Being able to dragbox inside nautilus.
Being able to dragbox inside nautilus.

Don't be like unity. Don't go the route of Ubuntu's look.

2069: Ability to add launchers to the top panel
Easy configuration of startup apps like gnote.
Smaller icons, panels, and window borders.

GNOME 3.x just doesn't fell right. I'm not sure who all the changes are targeted at. If it's newbies then you might want to ask which distro are newbies using? My guess is Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is not using GNOME anymore. If the target is tablet users, then I think there is no hope for GNOME because it would be even worse on a tablet.

2070: 1) A working menu/tool bar at the top (again) with functional widgets.
2) More configurability, less "this is how it is."

Please continue to support Gnome 2.x. If you want all new development to be in Gnome 3.x, fine. I'll live without new development. But please don't let Gnome 2.x bitrot, so that nothing works with it anymore. Gnome 3 is not a usable environment for everybody.

The Gnome 2.x desktop is very usable. I don't have a tablet. I don't want a tablet. I don't ever expect to get a tablet. Please don't try to make my desktop into a tablet.

2071: * Better configuration (Stuff like allowing nautilus to manage desktop, hiding the panel - Things I now have to do using gnome-tweak-tool or third party extensions)
* Support for drawers on the launcher bar
* Support for the classic panel in compositing mode

While it is important to focus on making GNOME popular among the general public, it's also important to consider the existing user base, IMHO.

I understand that the design choices were not arbitrary, but things like hiding the "Power Off" option seem like change for the sake of change.

2072: 1. kill gnome 3
2. kill gnome 3
3. kill gnome 3

Keep sloppy focus, stop dumbing it down

2073: Add the ability to open a terminal in current folder in Nautilus, or failing that have a terminal emulator in Nautilus like Konkeror file browswer used to have.

I would have the ability to change the background wallpaper per desktop workspace. A different one in each. Having different shortcuts on the different desktop workspaces would be great too.

I would like to drag-drop a file to the panel to have a shortcut launcher to the FILE. It would then open it using the associated program.

2074: Easier configuration, more attention to the end users wants, and better performance on low end computers.

2075: Make it easy to revert to 2.x and not force 3.0 on people. It may be good for novice users, but is terrible for experienced people.

Facilitate reconfiguration.

do not hide functionality or features from the user. Never remove features for the sake of simplicity.

Please please don't force me to use 3.0 or I will abandon Gnome. 3.0 is unusable for me.

2076: File manager

It's hard to separate Gnome from Fedora. Using the latest Fedora image, the desktop seems to be too dumbed down. It's difficult to find the application/configuration setting I'm looking for.

2077: Not introduce new crappy stuff without keeping the old working stuff (gnome2 look and feel)

New and shiny is fun but please use some sense when adopting new look and feel.

2078: Often when I switch screen resolutions on my laptop (switching from external monitor to internal lcd) the widgets on my panels will have moved around due to the change in screen width.

Stop removing configuration options. I'm not stupid and neither is anyone else using Gnome. Example: I can't change the settings of an individual screensaver with gnome-screensaver. Why not put an "advanced" button or have some sort of "I'm-not-stupid-please-show-me-everything" global setting?

2079: Don't push buggy software on users before it's ready. Unity is buggy and so is Gnome 3.x

2080: For a netbook, screen real estate is crucial. Being able to get the window manager out of the way and give the application the most number of pixels is most important for me.

2081: Better configuration management

2082: Make configuration options more exhaustive and easier to find.

2083: More configurable
lighter footprint

The desktop should be a teaching tool, teaching the user about the os as it goes.

2084: Smaller fonts and icons.

Good job so far you guys!

2085: Please, add more customization, do not hide it. And with file roller add at some point the personalization of the compression without going to the config file. So I can change the compression method and % (also if it will be in blocks).

And the title bar be fused with the top bar if possible.

Very good work, that is why it is my choice after many years of using GNU/Linux

2086: You should have had a question "When was the last time you used Gnome?". I used Gnome in 2003.

2087: consistent command key orchestration

2088: Lower memory consumption/footprint (I still run a Pentium 3 laptop)
Application search box in the menu.
Put internet apps (I.e. email) in the internet section like mint do.

Keep 2.x :)
Thanks for all the hard work over the years, looking forward to what the future brings.

2089: Unsure, I use Linux Mint and don't know how much of what I see is stock GNOME versus customisations.

That said, I use a double-height (50px) taskbar and the notification icons are inconsistent: some are huge, others scaled up (ugly) and others seem to remain small with vertical spacing (looks the best).

Also, Compiz seems to freeze/disappear more often than I'd like it too, forcing me to go to the virtual consoles and using DISPLAY=:0.0 compiz --replace

2090: One single mindset: That there is that one solution that is best for all use cases.

For example, GNOME 3 caters to modern devices and offers an interesting alternative on my netbook. On my desktop, however, GNOME 2 is still the better solution likely as it has been designed specifically with a desktop in mind. Contemplating that, I wonder what GNOME 3 could be on my netbook if not hamstrung by the requirement to still provide an acceptable experience on a 22 inch monitor ...

2091: Please bring back a traditional menu system! The launch bar concept is very frustrating.

Common file manager operations (search/cut/paste) has become more unpredictable and difficult to use.

Making convenience shortcuts on desktop has become difficult.

Don't follow fads! We don't need to reinvent things just for the sake of reinventing them. Let's perfect what we have.

2092: As long as GNOME apps run smoothly within my WindowMaker environment, there is no need for complaints.
Said that, i consider WindowMaker far superior to any GNOME version in regard to being the interactive desktop UI.

2093: 1) A usable desktop calculator applet with a programmer's mode - gcalc used to be acceptable, but has had many changes over the years and each one has made it less capable and slower to drive.

2) The File Open/Save dialogs have always been glitchy as hell. Better now but still with frequent shortcomings. An external control panel to manage the custom "home" directory/places list would also be useful.

3) In general, more configurability of basic UI interactions. Not every user is the same, nor should they be treated or forced to be. If a small, relatively unimportant thing annoys even a handful of people, allow it to be disabled or changed. (As an example, mousewheel on the window list of the latest 2.x still causes wild window cycling despite longstanding complaints. Avoidable for desktops, but disastrous for workflow on laptops with touchpads.)

A new way of working should *never* remove an old way of working, no matter how much better someone thinks it is. They simply don't have the right to make that decision for all users.

I've had to backport 2.x metacity and gnome-panel to FC15 because the new desktop environment is simply unusable. I poked around in the new environment, and couldn't see how I could ever get most day to day tasks done in it. Even if I could an upgrade is not an appropriate time to suddenly remove a huge chunk of critical and widely used functionality.

2094: I am a relatively light user of Gnome, given that I am a developer that mostly works with Emacs and terminals.
But I have *seen* the more recent versions of Gnomes, and I personally don't want to go there. Gnome 2.30 is perfect for me.

2095: I'd go back to 2.30 and work from there and ditch 3.x

I'd work more closely with freedesktop.org to try to improve compatibility between DEs.

GNOME 3 does not work for me. A few features are nice, and I could probably get used to the general layout and metaphors, but the complete lack of customization and loss of many features I rely on has completely lost me. After trying both Unity and GNOME 3, I switched from Ubuntu to Debian with GNOME 2.30, and I've pretty much decided to switch to another DE, I just haven't decided which. I've already ditched Evolution for Thunderbird in preparation.

If someone forks GNOME from the latest 2.x sources and works from there, I'd be strongly inclined to go with that.

2096: remove the accessibility menu from the top RHS

i would definitely use gnome 3 in ubuntu 11.10 - it's better than unity in many ways - but the terminal doesn't redraw properly, which is a deal-breaker

2097: option for window resize behavior to be gnome 2.2 ish

2098: * Better configuration (Stuff like allowing nautilus to manage desktop, hiding the panel - Things I now have to do using gnome-tweak-tool or third party extensions)
* Support for drawers on the launcher bar
* Support for the classic panel in compositing mode

While it is important to focus on making GNOME popular among the general public, it's also important to consider the existing user base, IMHO.

I understand that the design choices were not arbitrary, but things like hiding the "Power Off" option seem like change for the sake of change.



2100: better standard terminal
minimize buttons

Good job with the new UI...I hope you continue to push for a better user experience.

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