Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Gnome 3.2 reviewed

Filed under
Software




I hate it but...

...I've hated Gnome as a matter of principle ever since I realized that Nautilus was maybe the ONLY Linux file manager that doesn't have an option by default of opening the present working directory in a terminal window. You have to install a plugin for that, unlike with Konqueror, Dolphin, PCMan, Thunar, and XFE, all of which have that option by default. There is dumbed-down, and there is just plain dumb. Desktop users should NEVER be forced to use the CLI, but when you make the CLI option harder for users to discover, you're doing them a disservice. Two ways of doing something is always more powerful than one way, and nothing is more user friendly than user empowerment.

So why should I be surprised that Gnome 3 thinks it's a good idea to give users less options? I tried it. It's simple, alright, sort of like a less configurable version of fluxbox, with a docking bar attached. And, you know, lots of animations. It'll look great on a tablet, and if you have a desktop, that sucks for you. That's "the technology of the past."

One thing I like about this is the idea that Gnome and KDE are moving in different directions, and users will have a broader choice. KDE4 has been adding options, more options than I personally want and even though the default desktop seems to fracture the Desktop metaphor, the overall structure extends and empowers the desktop metaphor. I believe I could make a good case that KDE gets the most power out of the Desktop metaphor, either KDE4 or Trinity (the forked KDE3, which I prefer), more than Gnome 2, xfce or LXDE.

One good reason? If I drag and drop an object in Gnome 2, the object is moved if possible, copied if not. If I drag and drop an object in KDE, I am cued to choose: Move, copy, or link. The ability to easily create virtual links to the desktop by dragging and dropping helps me to keep work in progress in plain sight and interact with files on the desktop without moving them, and when I am done, I don't have to put everything back. I just delete the links.

I could go on. Seriously, gnome people, if you are steamed about losing your desktop metaphor, have you ever taken a good look at KDE? We have the best desktop metaphor around.

I really hated car X ever

I really hated car X ever since I found out the horn produced a lower pitch than I would have liked.

re: I really hated ...

Bad analogies are like a leaky screwdriver.

A better analogy in this case

A better analogy in this case would be a car whose seatbelt ties one hand behind the driver's back.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Today in Techrights

Leftovers: OSS

  • Are Low-Code Platforms a Good Fit for Feds?
    Open-source code platforms — in part, because they’re often free — have long been a popular choice for digital service creation and maintenance. In recent years, however, some agencies have turned to low-code solutions for intuitive visual features such as drag-and-drop design functionality. As Forrester Research notes, low-code platforms are "application platforms that accelerate app delivery by dramatically reducing the amount of hand-coding required."
  • Crunchy Data Brings Enterprise Open Source POSTGRESQL To U.S. Government With New DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide
    Crunchy Data — a leading provider of trusted open source PostgreSQL and enterprise PostgreSQL technology, support and training — is pleased to announce the publication of a PostgreSQL Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), making PostgreSQL the first open source database with a STIG. Crunchy Data collaborated with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to evaluate open source PostgreSQL against the DoD's security requirements and developed the guide to define how open source PostgreSQL can be deployed and configured to meet security requirements for government systems.
  • Democratizing IoT design with open source development boards and communities
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of what the World Economic Forum has identified as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an economic, technical, and cultural transformation that combines the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It is driven by such technologies as ubiquitous connectivity, big data, analytics and the cloud.

Software and today's howtos

Security and Bugs

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Devops embraces security measures to build safer software
    Devops isn’t simply transforming how developers and operations work together to deliver better software faster, it is also changing how developers view application security. A recent survey from software automation and security company Sonatype found that devops teams are increasingly adopting security automation to create better and safer software.
  • This Xfce Bug Is Wrecking Users’ Monitors
    The Xfce desktop environment for Linux may be fast and flexible — but it’s currently affected by a very serious flaw. Users of this lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE have reported that the choice of default wallpaper in Xfce is causing damaging to laptop displays and LCD monitors. And there’s damning photographic evidence to back the claims up.