To all of the gnome3 haters:

I’m honestly disapointed to see so many people saying they won’t upgrade and whining about how they’ll eventually have to migrate to a different desktop environment without even testing gnome3/gnome-shell. YOU HAVEN’T EVEN TRIED IT YET. At least upgrade and use fallback mode. (Or, at the very least, stop complaining about how the gnome team is taking the “my way or the highway” approach of apple. Gnome is opensource. Fork it if you’re so attached.)


No, gnome3 isn’t “perfect”. I’m personally back to openbox in my neverending quest to maximize netbook performance. But you have to at least give the devs credit for trying something new. Because that’s what they did, and not even being willing to test it out (especially if you’re already a faithful gnome user) is pretty much saying you can’t handle change and would prefer it if your computer always appeared exactly the  way it did in 1995.

Yes, trying something radically different will mean changing your habits. It’s not the same as upgrades that minutely increase speed or efficiency. I believe that an unwillingness to change is holding us back. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reading about cyborgs for one of my papers lately*, but maybe changing one’s habits is necessary to progress closer to a sublime computing experience? It’s at least worth a shot. I suspect that there is something out there that would be at least as good as panels.

*in the sense that cyborgs were sort of conceived of as an alternative to terra-forming space, rather than change the environment, change the astronauts so that they can survive in it


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19 Responses to To all of the gnome3 haters:

  1. Westley Martínez says:

    I’m annoyed by the fact that the GNU Project has been so focused on knocking-off proprietary software, yet they want to be a competitive force. GNOME has made poor decision after poor decision ever since the project began. I never liked GNOME, the only reason I used it was because of how easy it was to setup, but then I realized how annoying it was to go into GConf to tweak particular settings, not eye candy or anything like that, but things to get the system to run faster. GNOME 3 was the last straw. So I’ve migrated to XFCE, which has a great philosophy of making every setting configurable via a mouse. That means no silly registry for settings (registries are actually great for configuration, but on lower-levels, that’s another subject).

    GNOME’s goal is to get everybody to use GNOME. It’s a sort of business, and in this business, when you have strong competitors, there’s no way you’re going to achieve this by limiting your market. GNOME has a specific niche of end-users who use Linux. This is non-existent demographic. Linux is used by developers and power-users. That’s it. So I’m not surprised that Arch Linux users are annoyed by all the dumbification that comes with GNOME 3. Arch Linux users are all competent users, they don’t need hand-holding, and they need to be able to tweak the system to their own needs, because everyone’s needs are different. This is what’s wrong with GNOME. They made too dramatic a change to their own interface, without much study at all, and they abandoned their own user-base for a non-existent demographic.

  2. .wu says:

    I’ve tried it, is sucked (especially fallback which didn’t have anything really). Can I now complain and go to xfce?

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  6. residntAngel says:

    I did try it … even unwillingly cause it came out on Arch linux with no warning that there was a major upgrade happening. So ..I tried , but I couldnt even get to base one with moving the panel to the bottom of the screen …. cause thats where I am used to having it. OK … lets find a launcher … oh dear … great big graphics on ANOTHER page … why cant I have them on the same page .. cause the developers have developed a microsoft mentality that “we know better than you do ….” why do I use linux … cause I dont get told that ‘we know better than you do” ….. and I dont have to put up with bloat …. aaargjh …. what is Gnome3 ? … BLOAT …. ok lets move back to Gnome2 cause I like it …. aaargh … they removed it ? … why … cause the developers know better !! ok .. so we find something else …. so much for having a choice ….

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