Why I like Gnome 3 Shell
Posted by Zerin
It’s been almost a year since that huge deal was made out of Gnome upgrading to it’s 3rd revision of it’s Gnome-ness, and they introduced a new GUI. This was shortly after the Unity GUI was created for Ubuntu. But what does GUI mean? and why does it sound Gooey?
GUI is the General user interface that you use to communicate with software and hardware. To many people this matters, in fact a terrible GUI could be the deciding point whether they use a certain program regardless of the backbone structure or features it has. Windows 8 (Cough cough). And it not only affects us in our computers but in everyday life. When you really think about it, a button on a car can be considered similar to a GUI, because when you push the button, you have to consider why it was put there and the size, color, shape or noise it makes when you use it. That’s what GUI is all about.
But let’s get back to the point, what about Gnome 3 or Gnome Shell? So far it’s been delightful, despite the small learning curve, it has the intuitiveness that’s been missing since Windows 95 and OSX. Nowadays it’s common practice to create a GUI from an existing one and add similar features to it without shunning your present users. But to use an existing platform that’s been around for more than a decade? Considering how fast the internet and technology has changed, are we not hindered by outdated GUI’s?
After using Gnome shell at school, I felt that for once, the Operating System was not in the way. Kind of how Windows feels sometimes, you just point, click, and you’re done. In Gnome Shell’s case, it’s move mouse, click, and done.
And after hearing so many angry people who dislike (though hate can be used in this case) everything in Gnome 3 for whatever reason, I feel tempted to look back and see. “What the heck am I doing?” My thoughts, “How could I possibly be OK by using Gnome 3? Have I stopped caring about computers and tweaking?” So I stepped back and thought, who am I as a computer user? I’ve used other desktops and can fit them to my needs, but I still prefer Gnome environment.
Pros and Cons of some Desktop Environments I’ve used.
- KDE too heavy and too many settings for me, but looks nice, has lots of features, very mature.
- XFCE, too much work to set up, and looks ugly on the eyes, (I’m shallow sue me), but is the closest thing to gnome without having too many features and bloat. A very serious desktop in my own opinion.
- LXDE, I like to think of it as OpenBox with more GUI. However it’s had it’s glitches and never feels polished. Whine, whine.
- Open-box,, Black Box *box great for my terminals, still hard to set up, especially the services with sound, and WiFi.
- Gnome 2 or 3 Simple, used it a lot, gets too heavy after many customizations. But effective.
- Others, not everything always works right and takes forever to set up.
In the end I felt that Gnome 3 Shell was designed for me. I can’t fully explain why I like it, my dad doesn’t like it, my bro got used to it, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel right to put something else on my desktop other than Gnome 3 Shell GUI. I’m not a developer nor programmer of any sort, but a tech savy dude who just wants to use his home computer for stuff. I’ve always used a dock, rarely multitask, and just want my desktop to work and look pretty without me having to do anything. Call me a lazy minimalist. Sure sometimes it’s fun to customize and personalize everything, but I’m over that now.
At work, I use gnome 3 as well, however since it’s only for r emoting into machines, I can use open-box Desktop GUI with no issue nor care. Open-Box is my second favorite desktop Environment. Does that make sense? It should, both are minimalist and very hard to customize, they just do the job. I work in terminals a lot too. So gnome 3 or open-box, I usually don’t care. Most times.
I’ll admit that Gnome 3 Shell is far from perfect. And I have only 5 annoyances. I’ll list them in order of importance to me.
1: Like that press ALT to power down. WTH?!!! (First time I said that) But it’s not an annoyance to me, I never turn off my machine unless it’s to reinstall the OS. However, I can imagine it’s a pain for everyone else. (Update, has been fixed, thank you!)
2: Window Tiling (Windows 7 Feature that resizes the window to fit half or full screen has always been annoying for me. (Fixed)
3: I hate pressing CTRL to delete something with the delete. (Can easily be fixed)
4: Also bottom notification area, moves too much. (Not easily changed) :(
5: Folder exchange and transferring files is still the same as it was back then in gnome 2, that’s the only thing that didn’t change, I wish it was easier to transfer files between folders, but it seems like it doesn’t really matter. (Will be fixed soon!) http://code.jollybox.de/emperor.xhtml Looks like they heard me whining and are working on a new File Manager solution call Emperor. Not bad, hope it works out.
Out of all these things, 3 can be fixed, one is a solution I’ve been to lazy to wait for, and one is an issue I’ve learned to deal with. But no desktop will ever be perfect, some come close, some have no expectations, but we do all have a choice. It doesn’t matter much, (singing) to meeeeeee!
But I will say something. One hat does not fit all. In fact some people refuse to wear hats! Why am I talking about hats? Ohh yeah, stop whining people. You don’t like Gnome 3? Too bad! I do.
I just want to shout to the internets, “Hey I’m a real computer user and I actually like Gnome 3 Shell!” Seems like not too many people are standing up. Or maybe I wasn’t looking and they all got tired and left. Also in my defense I wrote this article about when Gnome 3 came out beta but never finished it cause I lost it, twice. So now that it’s done, I hope it’s not too late to still blog about it.
Ohh and everyone? Can we stop calling it Gnome 3 and just call it what it is? Gnome 3 SHELL! There’s still the old timey gnome 2 theme, just newer version. By the way Support MATE.
More gnome Pictures below, click for bigger pics.