It makes yout think: Maybe Mitt Romney should have won the last US election becuase now I understand that a flip-flopper can lead a community to greatness.
I still don't see what makes it better than GNOME2 other than having a higher version number.
well, what ever you mean by "basic stuff". i bet you find enough people saying desktop XY is flawed, no matter which one substitutes XY.
p.s. how i love thus one sentence killer argument for something being totally broken, so broken that no one can actually use it. typical forum bullshit posts, found thousands and thousands every day...
a few things that makes it better for me:
- finally no taksbar!
- not the typical start menu found in windows, kde, gnome 2 and most other de
- zoom out/in overview over all dekstops
and there are a lot of more things
to say more:
- normaly no desktop icons anmore
I think that was possible to set to in gnome 2, too. But you dont come automaticly to the point thinking that could be good thing, or at least a worth thing to google after... but it is good.
Because many just then use their desktop as place where there put everything, maybe even sort them by sections and whitespace between them, then you put that pc one time on a other monitor or somethint and all sorting aranging goes to hell. etc. there are more reasons why thats a bad idea, or on the other side, why a desktop that nearly needs such "features" because else you would not find your files.
- dynamic workplaces
love this because you dont have to think of how many do you need, just create them automaticly if you open a new application
- better task-switcher
its great to have a seperate key for switching different windows of the same programm, so if you have 20 terminals open (or let it be 5 and 3 other windows) you can easily switch between the different apps, without pressing 25 times on tab
- better keyboard support
if you are writing surving etc, you nearly always need the keyboard, of course there are ways to nearly always use your mouse instead, as example instead of typing each time phoronix.com (and somewhere between tab for complition) you can go to your bookmarks and klick on them. But you never can only use the mouse, because for writing stuff like this post, you need a keyboard or it would at least be very hard to type it with a soft-keyboard with a mouse ^^ and gnome-shell doesnt make using it with mouse harder, but makes it way better to use than gnome 2 was.
- the search funktionality (of course basicly the biggest change, again with better keyboard support)
- better app finder menu, no searching through menus, just type in a few letters of what you want, or dynamicly make a menu, but of course there is still a menu if you in rare cases would need it anyway (never happend to me)
- looks better
- better backend
-cloud integration, email integration...
but of course its not perfect ^^ while some is just a problem with the hardware, on slower hardware it can eat some bigger cpu time, in comparsion to something like fluxbox or awesome, and even awesome is even more keyboard focused ^^ even works great without mouse when you use several monitors.
Some progs have to be rewritten, like the mediaplayer... again gstreamer on slower machines can be a problem... with hd and free drivers without hardware accelleration.
But I dont see any negative points in comparsion to gnome2 I would never go back ^^ I even dont like the gnome-2-ish extentions.
Guys, I'm very happy that you got these features and it's good news, but you can't say that no other DE has this functionality.
All of that has been available in KDE for years. I'm not 100% sure about per-app window switching (never tried), but I'm pretty sure it can be done.
Again, it's good for GNOME users that they got these features.
All linux des are full of useless s***, and no usefull things, and no one of them is good for daily usage, not to mention terrible performance and poor looks, but when you know, what kind of guys made them, then you can see, that all linux des are kind of the same - they all made by some kind of creepy guys, and all des are only good for 1 or 2 tasks, but not for anything else. Plus all linux distributions has terrible package managements, cause if you want to remove something, you must to remove half of your system.