Gnome 3 – Like and Hate

It has been discussed controversially before its release and it certainly will be for the next few weeks. To be honest I wouldn’t expect anything else if a very important desktop environment decides to make the radical changes Gnome made for their 3.0 release.

Nevertheless, after a few days of using and liking the Gnome Shell and Gnome 3 there’s still a quite a lot I dislike:

Gnome Shell eats my Windows-key. Yeah, using Super_L is a good idea and finally gives that modifier some meaning. I actually used Super for a lot of stuff like

  • Super+V: display Parcellite’s menu (Ctrl+C history). Quite obvious to use something close to Ctrl+V, right?
  • Super+Arrows: switch workspaces, because I never liked Ctrl+Alt+…
  • Super+Z (or Y on German keyboards): display Guake terminal

As I said: Gnome eats Super_L which means that every shortcut using that key doesn’t work any more. Bad bug, really bad bug. Well, I admit that’s a small problem, a bug report, and not really influencing productivity here – I just disabled Super_L for now.

The much more annoying “innovation” is the complete lack of applets. I never cluttered panels with lots of stuff – I use only one panel at the top – but there are three applets I can’t live without:
CPU monitor, weather and, most important, my time tracking Hamster.

I frequently caught myself looking at the temperature to only read my username – seriously, who needs to read his own name in the top panel? Alzheimers? – or the Activities button where the hamster applet and CPU monitor used to be.
They are gone (forever?) and I’ll miss them very much. I’m a sad panda.

2 thoughts on “Gnome 3 – Like and Hate”

    1. Yes. I’m using a few packages from experimental and the rest are self-built debs.
      Sometimes you can just download the sources and reuse the debian folder – manually refreshing or removing patches – but I really prefer a debian package instead of “make install” to /usr/local to keep my system clean.

      I know that Debian is not really number one choice for bleeding edge but I’m administrating some Debian servers, so using it on my notebook automatically keeps me up-to-date on changes for the next stable.

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