[Nottingham] gnome-3

Camilo Mesias camilo at mesias.co.uk
Fri Apr 27 12:30:33 UTC 2012

Interesting rant... I wonder what use cases you have, other than
changing the splash screens. What do you need to do that you can't do
with Gnome3? I get on OK with it, but admittedly I can do 99% of what
I want with a terminal and/or web browser.

A small amount of searching reveals that you can re-enable the desktop
(and do lots of other 'tweaks'). This is a new way of working though,
so the things you have to do are not the same as what you are used to.

In general I can agree that things look like they are being closed off
and tied down. Things seem less documented than they used to be, or
not documented at all (read the source). It's still 'open' but not as
easy to hack. Back in the day I remember - since you mentioned splash
screens - screensavers were hackable and there were lots of cool
submissions. But these days, there is a boot animation (I'm talking
about Fedora here) that is changeable, but hasn't been made cool,
because the means to do it are so well hidden.

Still I don't think Gnome3 is a disaster, it's different, certainly
unappreciated by many. I find it OK. At work I used XFCE and that's OK


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