Last night an update was published as to the state of Unity in Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1, which is the Unity desktop interface that Canonical will be using in their next Ubuntu release rather than the GNOME Shell. Most all other GNOME distributions, however, will be using the GNOME Shell with GNOME 3.0 when released in March. As it so happens, another development snapshot of the GNOME Shell arrived last night too...
The worst thing I've encountered in gnome-shell is the horrible "flat application menu." The lack of categorical organization, and the severely truncated application names, means you're literally left to guess if you've got two or more applications whose name begins with the same letters.
I.e. Armagetron and Armagetron-Server, or if you've got Picasa for linux installed along side Picasa under Wine.
I've actually spent minutes hunting for the application I need, only to become frustrated enough with gnome-shell to give up, and restart err... "gnome-classic."
what i feel they are trying to do with shell is take the current desktop experience and put it under a layer
this adds clicks, scroll/navigate time etc and it is plainly wrong and stupid
Agreed. Here's an experiment to try, that will illustrate your point.
Take a screenshot of the shell Application Menu overlay. That's it. Just open the Application menu, and press PrtSc (or whatever) key. The resulting screenshot dialog window won't appear on top of the menu. You have to click out of the overlay to get to the screenshot dialog.
In fact, how dialogs (and apps launched from the notification area of the top panel) are handled is very inconsistent. But then, I have no idea how dialogs should be handled when you're in the overlay, because as you suggest, the desktop is buried under it.
I agree. Don't use it. FOSS is all about options. And also, keep pointing out the faults and shortcomings. And, feel free to vent your frustrations about obvious or non-obvious problems with gnome-shell or whatever other software.
And remember above all, you were invited to this forum to discuss the subject of the article. Discussion, including criticism, is good. Cheers!