My girlfriend uses Windows frequently at work, and as an experiment I stuck her in front of a Windows 8 machine and watched her use it (she hated it and found it hard to use, but that's kinda irrelevant). Then, for kicks, I stuck her in front of a vanilla Fedora 16 install - she just picked it up and got on with it. The only thing she didn't get was virtual desktops, probably because there is no equivalent in the windows world and it's not very discoverable. So yeh, they could do some work on that.
The point is that it's a good desktop and novices pick it up without much hassle - indeed, with less hassle than other desktops. If you managed to learn KDE you've got the capacity to learn another DE. If you can't use it because you refuse to change how you do things, well good luck to you. Never update, never buy a new car, keep your old mobile phone..
Maybe I was just using a super-early-non-complete version or maybe I'm just incredibly stupid, but I couldn't figure out how to switch between active windows without going to the "Activities" section.
... and micromanage windows.
(editing feature is broken right now)
Or just hit a single button and you go into overview. From there you can do web searches and application searches and whatever else you want.
alt-tab --> switch between applications
alt-~ --> switch between windows in a application
alt-tab+arrow keys --> select any window from any application from any desktop
alt-arrow_up --> move up a desktop
alt-arrow_down --> move down a desktop
shift+alt+arrow_up/down --> Move windows up and down the desktop
Maximize window --> drag window to top of screen
maximize window 2 --> double tap window title
Maximize left side --> drag window to left of screen
maximize right side --> drag window to right of screen.
* Have file manager manage desktop
-- computer icon on desktop
-- Home icon on desktop
-- Network servers icon on desktop
-- mounted volumes icon on desktop
* Change fonts
-- scale fonts
-- select various fonts
-- modify clock settings
-- select buttons on titlebar (maximize, minimize, close)
-- action on lid close for laptops for battery and AC
* Shell extensions
-- disable/activate extensions
-- manage various themes
-- change default window behavior. (sloppy focus/middle click/right click/etc)
Extensions that I use:
* remove accessibility extension
* gpaste extension (clipboard manager)
* gtile (tiling windows)
* media player (control media player from panel)
* user themes for shell
* places status indicator (select home/downloads/removable devices/etc from panel)
Then there are all sorts of crap like that.
You can add launchers to the panel if you want. You can have a bottom panel. You can put a application menu in the panel. Get rid of the clock.
Pretty much anything you want. The fact that it's scriptable and extensionable makes pretty much anything you want possible. Far more flexible then Metacity ever was.
I love this line:
Really? Because that niche is kind of taken - for all practical purposes, Fedora *is* shipping upstream Gnome. And since many Fedora contributors are also major players in upstream Gnome, I really don't see that changing.Quote:
It was also said, "We have an opportunity to be the 'most GNOME distribution' but shipping as close to upstream as possible."
In your hurry to come up with a witty retort you failed to understand what I was getting at and why. Mr drag made quite a claim regarding gnome-shell, which according to him it represents the most modern linux desktop and provides the most adequate environment for "multitasking" activities, representing a "significant improvement in the speed of switching/selecting between large numbers of windows". My problem with this blanket statement is that it's worded as if it were matter-of-fact, fruit of years of observation and research on how users interact with their desktops. Whereas, considering the different habits, needs and experiences different users have, it's nothing more than pure bollocking.
So again, given that, with my current setup, it takes me no time and find no trouble at all to work out my way through my desktop, what gnome-shell features justify the previous claim? What benchmarks show the mentioned "significant improvements"?
See, the English language has this wonderful thing called "the first person". I suggest using it more often in cases like this.
How exactly you reached that conclusion is a mistery. I made it perfectly clear that I don't enjoy looking up solutions to problems that shouldn't be there in the first place. I'll give you that a good part of why my setup works for me is that I was able to customize it to my liking, to the point that, e.g., certain applications will appear at certain locations, with certain size and without decorations. You seem to be implying that there's no need for this with gnome-shell for it somehow makes a good job at sorting it all out. This is what I'm questioning after trying it however so briefly. And this is what you haven't yet provided any evidence for. You'll understand that knowing that I can change the clock or font settings with some extra tool doesn't precisely support your point.Quote:
Originally Posted by drag