So long gnome and thanks for all the fish.
Another lost user.
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.
Although Gnome3 has its faults I do like that they are trying something new. If you don't innovate you stagnate, and the truth is new users pay attention to the front end. If you keep serving them up non shiny desktops they just think what's this? Its looks old and crappy. Aesthetics are important and for the Linux on the desktop to gain real traction they need to be considered.
And no that argument will never get old, like it or not money drives the major Linux projects. The other ways you can make a difference is promote commercial Linux adoption in your workplace that way the dev's will have more resources to support legacy products and finally the very best way to help is to roll up your sleeves and start coding yourself.
Damnit! Why did they have to drop Fallback Mode?
It was the only thing that kept me still use GNOME.
I have nothing against composited desktops. I used Compiz with Fallback Mode.
It's just that both GNOME Shell and Unity are utterly unusable mess!
You shouldn't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity, but seriously is GNOME infected with people who are intentionally sabotaging it from the inside?
Linux used to be built by geeks and engineers. Now we have these stupid "UX experts" and idiots who don't want use to be able to have extensions, settings or themes because it "decreases" their "brand presence".
What the fuck?
On the other hand:
They don't seem to be able to maintain the new interface in reasonable quality either...Matthias wrote, "We've come to the conclusion that we can't maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it."
Sure, if I don't like it, I don't have to use it... trouble is I do (sort of) like it. I only take issue with things breaking with EVERY FSCKING POINT RELEASE.
Beaten it into submission by 3.4 with the help of about a dozen of extensions, crude hacks, ancient gods and the sacrifice of a goat by the first light of the new moon? 3.6 will take that all away, and more. You'll get a draggable lockscreen for your customizable icon spacing, the inability of setting [Shift,Ctrl,Alt,Tab,Caps]+[Caps,Tab,Alt,Ctrl,Shift] as a keyboard layout switch for free, and many, many, more... (Built-in bluetooth not recognized may be the fault of the new kernel; didn't yet have the time - and fortunately the need - to check).
Don't get me started on KDE.
They just got Gnome Panel usable in 12.04 now they want to drop it. It's manipulation to make users move to their new product.
Now maybe Gnome 3 will be forked into BFF. "She was once your mate, now she's your BFF"
What a bunch of narsocists!
Remember when Valve was displaying screen shots of Steam running on Linux; That was Gnome Fallback they were using.
There is a reason. Desktop effects cause overhead with development. Especially with OpenGL, you tend to need every cycle devoted to graphics rendering.
I swear the Gnome team is a bunch of f''cking idiots. Last I checked laptops were still being sold without touchscreens more so than they were with.
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I just fired up the MATE desktop and the Linux port of Steam seems to play nice, both with and without Compiz effects.