09 9 / 2012
I am ubuntu user since 9.04 days, those days gnome used to be classic, windows users used to complain about horrible UI, but it was decent enough to figure how use linux with GUI.
After unity arrival, was using unity til end of august, after that I switched to Gnome3 after facepalm I am loving it. If any one asks is it worth switching to gnome3, I would say NO unless you are Ubuntu or linux veteran . Gnome 3 makes lot of assumption and tries to simply stuffs for you but it is completely horrendous for beginners. I don’t know what gnome3 devs are thinking “convention over configuration ?”. Most of the options are assumed that you know.
After installing gnome3, windows appear without minimize and maximize button, one needs to use gnome-tweaks and override default settings, http://www.techdrivein.com/2011/11/8-things-i-did-after-installing-gnome.html .
Why Its horrible experience for beginners ?
When a new user installs gnome3, user should be able to work comfortably without new tweaks and default settings shouldnot take away usability. Following are pain points for new users
- No maximize and minimize buttons in windows.
- No Power off button
- After Screen Shot is taken no dialog box appears, images are stored in Pictures directory, is this called * convention over configuration? * Hell
- No way to disconnect USB modem, only way to disconnect is unplug the USB modem out.
One and Only best feature of gnome3 is eye candy UI.
Why I Love Gnome3
- Eye Candy UI
- Alt + F1 - show Activities
- Gnome3 Extensions