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    Default GNOME 3.8 Is Dropping Its Fallback Mode

    Phoronix: GNOME 3.8 Is Dropping Its Fallback Mode

    Matthias Clasen on the behalf of the GNOME Release Team has announced that they have decided to eliminate GNOME's "fallback mode" with the upcoming 3.8 release that allowed a "GNOME classic" mode that didn't depend upon OpenGL/3D rendering and was more like the GNOME2 traitional desktop...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIyNTE

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    Wink Great news

    IMO, it's a positive sign that the GNOME fellows are going for better quality regarding their vision of an fancy 3D accelerated desktop (similarly to Unity).
    Users who like the traditional efficient interface (a taskbar allowing to switch to any application anytime with a single click) have great options like lxde and xfce.
    They are truly mature desktop environments:
    - very stable due to multiple years of bugfixes
    - customizable
    - efficient resource usage (memory footprint, gpu)
    - proven desktop model for the Desktop user

    Those who like the fancy and shiny new stuff should go Unity, GNOME and they pay certain price in terms of perhaps more bugs and certain resource requirements (e.g. GPU).
    There's enough goodness left for those who stick with the more traditional UI.

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    Default being realistic about these things

    I agree. People who want shiny stuff, should be able to afford more CPU/GPU usage.
    Its not fair on devs to continue spending more and more time to make old things shiny while using the same resources as old.


    Of course, Gnome3/Unity is for shiny and stupids :P
    I prefer cinammon

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    If one doesn't have money (or whatever) to update one's old/shitty graphics card once in like 7 years then not being able to update to Gnome 3.8 must be the least of one's problems.

    The gnome devs made (this time) a wise and future-oriented decision.
    Last edited by mark45; 11-09-2012 at 10:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark45 View Post
    old/shitty graphics card
    It also affects VMs, ARM based PCs, live-CDs without propietary drivers and network screensharing.

    Why not just abandon the whole Gnome project as well? The three users left would probably not mind much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ares Drake View Post
    It also affects VMs, ARM based PCs, live-CDs without propietary drivers and network screensharing.

    Why not just abandon the whole Gnome project as well? The three users left would probably not mind much...
    Gnome (as well as KDE and Unity) guys are still working towards modern desktop (fully hw-accel, composing GUI), while many opponents even don't know what they are saying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BO$$ View Post
    This is what is wrong in open source. Nobody wants to do what is neccessary, only what is cool.
    I agree!

    So... what are you doing about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BO$$ View Post
    They say they will create something new and they do that while saying they will also maintain the older version. After releasing the new version they realize that maintaining the previous version is actually work and it's boring since you don't add stuff but fix bugs so they justify it and no longer maintain it. This is what is fucked up. They supported it until now and now they got bored. This is what is wrong in open source. Nobody wants to do what is neccessary, only what is cool.
    Obviously you either have a plan to fix this, or are ready to pay them to maintain the old version?

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    So long gnome and thanks for all the fish.

    Signed:
    Another lost user.

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    There is not a problem with graphics hardware (7-8 years old) . My NVidia 6100 (OGL 2.0, DX9 compliant, proprietary drivers) works fine with Compiz/Unity.
    By Removig Fallback Mode, actually Gnome wants to remove and the last remainings of Gnome 2.

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