I yeasterday tested gnome-shell 3.2, and it is very big improvement to the 3.0. MUCH faster, more options, some customization. Good. There are themes and extensions but for some reason extensions are not packaged in Debian, and theme installing isn't simple.
So, there is progress. I still miss a lot most of the classic gnome applets, and ability to rearange panels, etc.
Hence, microsoft are and are for idiots.
But by all means.. Continue in your own little world making assumption that everybody in the world except you is a complete idiot.. That kind of attitude has really done a lot for the Linux desktop over the years (sarcasm).
Gnome 3.X and KDE4 are a long way from perfect, but at least they're trying new things and trying to be innovative.. Sure there's going to be bumps along the road, but I'd think the Linux community should be in favor of significant changes rather than against it. Unless the Linux community in general really doesn't care to remain at the <1%. In which case the rest of the world will go on dismissing the Desktop Linux users as insignificant and perhaps even irrelevant to Desktop computing.
Last edited by Sidicas; 10-19-2011 at 10:07 AM.
Last time I checked, Mac OS X was up to 15% Desktop market share.. The major Linux desktop environments are still around 1%.. All of Mac OS X's growth came from former Windows users, so it's not impossible to steal Windows market share.. It's just that Linux desktop environments haven't been doing a good job of it.
The major thing I have against Android is that it does not run KDE and Gnome apps naively like a typical Linux desktop would.. So any market share lost from Gnome or KDE to Android could be disastrous as there is non-trivial porting barrier there making it difficult for open source apps to support both (Gnome + Android or KDE + Android). Compared to running KDE + Gnome apps on a typical Linux desktop which works just fine.
Google is trying to push their Android as a desktop solution to everything mobile.. And one day might start gobbling up KDE and Gnome users along the way if the major desktop environments don't keep up with the innovation.
Check out some of the new videos from Google's Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android.. Pretty amazing stuff.
Last edited by Sidicas; 10-19-2011 at 10:59 AM.
That's true what you said about Android, of course. It's not for desktop, but it makes overall Linux more popular some way.Android is for tablets and cell phones.. Not for desktops.. I was referring to Desktop Linux, but yes it's great to see the success of Linux even if that means that Android will ultimately be competing against Gnome and KDE (Plasma Active one) in the tablet market.