Gnome 3...wth?

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    Sep 20, 2011 10:01 AM GMT
    So I recently got a bit of a linux bug and installed the latest Ubuntu using the windows installer. Gads I <3 Ubuntu. Basically I had a perfectly working dual boot system in the time it took to download the torrent and 5 minutes max for the install.

    Anyway, I had stumbled across the announcement for Gnome 3 which is what sparked the interest in the first place. So I then upgraded to Gnome 3. I am not sure what was going on with this but it seemed totally sucky. Like things missing form systems settings. I came to understand that they intentionally removed minimize and maximize buttons.

    I read later that perhaps the Ubuntu implementation of gnome 3 was not totally polished and some users were using Fedora or some other such nonsense to run gnome 3.

    Anyone else had similar experiences? Love gnome 3? Hate it?

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    Sep 20, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
    Yeah, this is been beaten to death on the net. Basically, they tried to "polish" it by making it more "OS X" like to attract new users that are not linux geeks. But, in my opinion, linux will always be for linux computer geeks so "dumbing" it down will piss off it's core fan base.....which are power/advanced users. Linus himself had a few harsh words about this, but he's like that anyways. Some people like it, but most hate it.
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    Sep 20, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    It was awful. I'm all about the pretty (OSX pisses me off but I do think it is very pretty) but that was shit. Even though it looked so snazzy in the screenshots.
    I just run some kind of dark theme now and have a pretty backdrop.
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    Sep 20, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    i never been a fan of gnome, always felt too clunky and less fluid in terms of events and being able to drop things compared to kde. You might want to check my preferred linux distro kubuntu (kde + ubuntu).
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    Sep 20, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    GNOME's overhead got to be too much for me, so I switched to XFCE a couple years ago. I haven't looked back.
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    Sep 20, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    I think that maybe its just a misstep for the gnome project.

    Like Windows ME (barf)

    @soloXCRacer - I did read that about Linus. However some of the super hardcore programmers / geeks have the ugliest desktops on the planet so I am not sure I would go to him for design advice. I guess usability would be in his realm of expertise.

    @pre_mortem I agree on making it pretty, that's one think I like about Linux is the customization available. I have a suspicion that the next iteration of gnome might be more useable.

    @fwdfutures - actually when I first started using Linux, I preferred KDE. But it seems that KDE is more like windows while gnome is more like mac. Since I already have a couple of windows boxes it has been nice to have something a little different on Linux.

    @jim_stl: XFCE I think has the potential to be super sexy. I love how lightweight it is. I get a little daunted though when I think about how to try to make it pretty.

    Thanks for the interesting perspectives guys!

    Yay Geeks!
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    Sep 20, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    Been a diehard [black/flux/open]box fan for about 10 years now. Openbox works quite nicely on Ubuntu; extremely lightweight, supports all the right key and mouse bindings, and generally gets out of the way. Combine it with xfce4-panel and gkrellm2.

    Though, take my advice with a grain of salt, I've been tempted by xmonad! ;-)
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    Sep 20, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    never tried the linux blackbox stuff but loved using the clone bblean as my start bar replacement in windows xp back in the day
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    Sep 20, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    I've had no trouble customizing XFCE, but then again I tend to do so a little at a time instead of all at once. I also tend to focus on function over form.
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    Sep 21, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    I remember looking at blackbox / flux a long time ago. And I remember it being really cool. I'll check that out and see how they have progressed. I am a big fan of a simple desktop.

    Probably if I spent about half an hour with xfce, I could get things looking nicely. I wonder if I could get gnome icon sets working in xfce? There are some awesome ones out there.

    I am currently using this one:
    http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/238/4/e/faience_icon_theme_by_tiheum-d47vo5d.png