I also remember the change from Gnome 1.x to 2.x and didn't like what they did, so I went to E16 for the next many years. Went back to Gnome2 maybe around 2.28 and tolerated it until I finally just liked it. I was a little discouraged by Gnome-Shell just reading about it in the beginning, but have now used it for 2 weeks after installing Fedora 17. And I like it! Better than OSX, which it resembles a lot.
Sure there are things that aren't perfect like a bit of window management and dual monitors, but at least the latter is better with:
Gnome3 also requires a small change in workflow, but it is not that bad, and I only have 1 extension enabled so far (https://extensions.gnome.org/extensi...system-monitor) - well 2 with the "Remove Accessibility".
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.overrides workspaces-only-on-primary false
What I would like to see:
- I know Gnome devs say they focus on the laptop, but I really hope they will think of improving the experience on multi-monitor workstations, and think of super-users in general.
- Options and settings are not bad, Gnome devs. Why can't I choose to have seconds displayed on the clock? The Wacom settings is cool, but it doesn't show all available options. Will it ever?
- Gnome-Tweak-Tool seriously has to be included by default!
My minor annoyances are:
- If you use 3 virtual desktops and want to close and reopen an app on desktop-2, the app on desktop-3 becomes desktop-2, and the app you relaunched is now on desktop-3. That can mess a bit with my mind.
- I still reach for a minimize button sometimes.
- The bottom notification bar is sometimes in the way. Think this will be fixed for 3.6
What I can't stand:
- The wording in blog posts by Gnome3 "UX-designers" like http://afaikblog.wordpress.com/
- If they remove the possibility to use sloppy focus in the name of "enhanced experience" I'll get homicidal.
The screen is designed to resemble a curtain, or a shield, that is removed to reveal the login screen beneath. That suggestion of layering and physicality enhances the experience of using GNOME 3, and is a pattern that is being introduced in other places.
I hope there will be another poll this year, and as someone wrote, this time with more specific questions. Sure there will still be a lot of haters, but Gnome devs have to accept that and come out of their bubble.