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Five Things I Dislike About Gnome

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Gnome is a great desktop environment. But it’s not perfect. If I could pick five things for the Gnome developers to change or improve, here’s what they’d be.

1. Greedy NetworkManager

NetworkManager is a wonderful tool for managing network connections. My biggest gripe with it, however, is that it likes to try to take over my life and decide what’s best for me, even when I disagree.

For example, if I happen to have wired and wireless connections available at the same time, NetworkManager will always prefer the wired connection, which isn’t necessarily the one I want to be connected to. Similarly, if I’m trying to manage an interface from the command line, NetworkManager likes to keep trying to control it, invalidating my manual settings.

The only way around these problems is to kill the NetworkManager daemon and manage the network from the command line, which is hardly a practical option for non-geeks. It would be great if there were an easy way to tell NetworkManager to prefer wireless over wired if desired–or, even better, to ignore certain interfaces altogether.

2. Filename extensions

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