Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

Summary: TechRepublic's Jack Wallen says that with a few tweaks Gnome could be far better than anything else available. Here are some things about this new desktop that won him over.

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  • I went on holiday recently and took the laptop of mine with the best battery life, which happens to be running Fedora 15 and, of course, Gnome 3. I've been in two minds about the controversy over the Gnome 3 and Unity desktopsUbuntu has opted for Unity as its default. So spending a week with Gnome 3 was going to be an interesting experiment. I was really surprised at the result.

    My issues with Fedora relate mostly to a lack of specific packages I have grown used to on Ubuntu. But I wanted my holiday experiment to be about Gnome 3 in particular. After a week, I now believe that with a few tweaks Gnome could be far better than anything else available. Here are some things about this new desktop which won me over.

    Minimalism
    I like uncluttered desktops, and Gnome 3 offers about as clean a desktop as you'll find without running E16. The only object on the desktop is the panel — until you reveal the launcher. But Gnome 3's minimalist approach does not make it difficult to use. On the contrary, once you're familiar with it, Gnome 3 is one of the most user-friendly desktops available.

    Captions by: Jack Wallen, TechRepublic

    Image credit: Gnome

  • The pager is usually a widget or panel object that adds clutter and can be accidentally clicked, taking you away from your work. As a fan of the Linux pager, I always get nervous when a desktop monkeys around with this feature. Yet what Gnome 3 has done makes perfect sense.

    When you reveal the launcher, you reveal the single, default extra workspace. There is always at least one extra workspace in Gnome 3. To add a new workspace, simply reveal the launcher at the upper-left hotspot and then drag a window into the pager panel that resides on the right side of the screen. Just make sure you don't drag it to an existing workspace.

    Image credit: Gnome

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  • RE: Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

    In a lot of ways GNOME 3 reminds me of Mac OS X Lion. The treatment of virtual desktops is similar, GNOME 3 has a view a lot like the "Mission Control".

    Or perhaps it should be Lion reminds me of GNOME 3?
    Jeremy-UK
    • RE: Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

      @Jeremy-UK I agree. Very much in common.
      lelandhendrix@...
  • RE: Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

    It'd be nice to do a lot of customization in GNOME 3, such as moving the clock and system tray to the bottom right corner of the screen. I currently have a 50" HDTV that's used as a computer monitor.
    Grayson Peddie
    • RE: Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

      @Grayson Peddie

      Some customization is possible using extensions. It is easy to move the clock to the right of the top panel and add shutdown as the default exit behavior. There are dozens of extensions available, you can even make Gnome3 look and act a bit like Gnome2. Have a look at Gnome Shell Frippery and FPMurphy to get started.
      Aysgarth
  • RE: Ten features show there's no place like Gnome (screenshots)

    With release of Ubuntu 11.10 beta, I finally got a chance to give Gnome 3 a real spin. Bottom line for me, is I am impressed so far.

    Most notable to me is that G3 is so far the Desktop that is most finger touch ready. I have a touch screen and find 99.9% of the interface to be touch ready. Clicking the applications menu shows everything that is hidden and touch+slide moves the applications as one would expect.

    I think you made a very fair review of G3. For note, I noticed that my "title bar double click shade" was enabled previously and still works in G3 to shade a window.

    Also, using the down arrow in normal ALT+Tab will show thumbnail of application screen.

    Anyway, so far I love it and I am looking forward to full 11.10 release so I can upgrade my netbook! :)
    armc