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Re: [SLUG] Alternatives to Gnome3
- To: Andrew Cowie <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Alternatives to Gnome3
- From: Glen Turner <gdt@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:00:02 +1030
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
> What I find annoying about these conversations is that if you had gone
> and bought an Apple with Mac OS X you would be perfectly reasonably
> working through learning how to use a new Desktop and not complaining
> about it at all.
> But here we are admonishing the GNOME hackers had the temerity to do
> something new and different.
It's not new and different, it's new and worse.
As a little thought experiment, here's the mouseclicks to launch a word processor:
- MacOS - 3 - "Applications | LibreOffice | TextDocument"
- Windows 7 - 3 - "Win | LibreOffice | Writer"
- GNOME3 - 4 - "Activities | Applications | Office | LibreOffice Writer"
The real shame of the GNOME3 interface is that you don't see any mention of LibreOffice until click 3. MacOS and Windows both manage that on click 1.
Window management is just pathetic. You've got a few applications running and you want to flip back and forward between two of them (eg, to move content into a document you are writing). You need to know far too much keystroke magic rather than just click once on a menu bar.
For the record, I use Fedora for real work, MacOS too. Fedora used to be more usable than MacOS, despite all of the Apple hype to the contrary. Now Fedora is much less efficient at doing the simple stuff, like launching applications or switching between them. A fair whack of that seems to be from GNOME getting some Apple envy, perhaps not realising that they were already better. The "lock" icon on configuration menus is a prime example of copying poor ideas from Apple.