You mentioned Gnome 3 recently, and I was wondering what your impressions of it are compared to other DEs? I like Ubuntu's Unity a lot and am curious about Gnome 3, now that it's improved significantly since its launch years ago.
My views on popular
Linux Desktop Environments
1) This is my view on the most popular GNU/Linux desktop environments, from an artist’s stand point of an everyday OS. On my way searching for the perfect desktop, I tried almost every DEs I can find until I landed on Gnome 3. DEs that I didn’t mentioned here are either unmaintained, too rare, or too bare-bone for everyday use.
distributions are all Ubuntu based here, because they are much more
stable and user friendly.
3) All my experience based on Ubuntu 16.04 and its derivatives.
I used to love Unity in Ubuntu 12.04, but now it has evolved into something I don’t really like. Many issues stay unfixed for years. Considering Gnome 3 has become so much better these days, I wouldn’t use it myself. But to be fair, it’s very capable for everybody.
1) Combined title
bar with main menu and task bar, saves a lot of vertical space. A god-sent for netbooks with the typical resolution of
2) Launcher resembles Windows 7′s pin-to-taskbar. Very good for multitasking.
1) Combined title
bar hides application menu by default, disrupts workflow,
together with overlay scrollbar, they cause compatibility issues.
2) Colorful app
launcher is a major distraction.
settings center, broken Wacom tablet setting dialogue that cannot map Ctrl/Shift/Alt (DEAL BREAKER
4) Compiz the default composit manager of Unity. It’s not well maintained, GPU intense, sluggish and unstable.
Metacity is the non-GL fallback, but it doesn’t even do the bare necessities like window snapping.
5) Cross DE setting
intervention with the GTK/Gnome side. You don’t know which .conf has the
upper hand. Technically complicated.
alarmingly orange icon/highlight color. Theme taste really shows its
age. Not compatible with typical GTK themes.
7) Inserts online,
commercial stuff into your dash search.
I’d recommend this
for non-artist, desktop user that does multitasking and likes
traditional user interaction.
1) Simple and
snappy. Traditional desktop interaction that is easy to learn and
2) Low key look.
3) Caja the powerful
file manager. Almost as good as Nemo.
4) Plenty of
settings that actually do stuff.
5) Everything feels cohesive. There is no particularly old components.
1) No color
management setting dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)
2) No graphics
tablet settings dialogue. (DEAL BREAKER FOR ARTIST)
3) Caja is ugly as
sin with its clickable path bar.
4) Marco is not a
very powerful display manager. Numerous small hiccups with mouse
cursor, window resize and stuff.
5) No one can
remember and read the names of its applications correctly: Atril,
Caja, Engrampa, Pluma. BTW they all read like latins. People don’t
even say its name MATE right most of the time. It’s so confusing.
6) Bad power management. Drains battery faster when it doesn’t even use OpenGL to perform a carnival like Unity+Compiz.
I’d recommend this
for artists. By far it has all the key functions for artists and has the least major issues.
simple visual design and user interaction. It behaves as expected.
Very easy to get used to.
2) Very low
distraction. Lets you focus on only 1 window.
3) Powerful color
manager. It can assign multiple ICC profiles to multiple devices. Any change is immediately effective. Things don’t come close under
Windows. It’s very hard to go back to Windows once you know how
useful this is.
4) Very well
designed Wacom tablet controls.
5) Customizable with
extensions, and they do a lot of things too.
6) Great universal
access functions for the impeded people.
7) Everything feels cohesive. There is no particularly old components.
1) Not multitasking
friendly. Window switcher is hidden by default. Can be enabled with
extension, but it defeats its major goal of low distraction design.
applications with that huge title bar, that’s a lot to get used to for new users.
3) Gnome apps, most of them are
too simple in function.
4) Nautilus the file
manager is too bare-boned. The simplification of user interface
design has gone too far after 3.14 and it actually makes everyday
tasks done with more clicks.
OH MY GOD FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE WHO DISLIKES LETTUCE IT'S SO GROSSSSS
its like icy wet sloppy grass ewwww. i actually hate salad sooo much because the only actual raw leaves I like is spinach. everything else just tastes so grassy and bitter ugh i was not raised on that kind of rabbit diet. people are so surprised i haaaaaate lettuce lol i just tell people im allergic or something when they’re looking at me like im an idiot or something