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I Like (or liked) Gnome Shell too. But to me it is still broken. There are a lot of whys that i don't understand:

Why is it that some apps maximize, or take up half the screen and lose their title bar? I like my title bars. This should be an all or none thing.

Why are all the themes I find broken? I found the answer to this myself. The latest gnome 3 has a lot of changes which essentially break a lot of themes. I dislike the main theme as i find it is too "fat". Things are bigger than they need to be, and it makes me feel stupid. an alternate theme would fix this easily, as things are smaller in certain themes. Sadly my favourite shiki-colors themes are probably never going to support gtk3 and all the other gnome 3 themes i have found are broken in 3.6.

Why have you removed configuration options that you had in gnome 2? I found a lot of what i was missing in gnome tweak tool, But it seems like someone has decided that I don’t need those options, and it makes me feel stupid.

Why has connect to remote server in nautilus become unhelpful? I know from my experience from linux in teh past few years that i can access windows shares by going smb:// and ssh with sftp://, but in gnome 2 i had a nice list of what woul work, and what i required to enter to get to it. It was helpful when i was learning my way around accessing what i need to at my job. In gnome 3 i have a location bar to enter a URI, which seems daunting and unhelpful.

All these whys have lead me to drop gnome 3 at the current time and im trying to get along in xfce on another, which was okay until i found screen tearing is still a problem. At the moment im still using ubuntu 11.04 on my main work PC, and its just started telling me it is no longer supported, and im still on the fence of what to do.

I don’t want to go back to windows, I will miss the terminal dearly, and OSX is not for me, but i cant find a new linux based OS im currently happy to work on :(




Disappearing title bar is up to applications developers, not shell but the trend is to hide them when window is maximized.

> I dislike the main theme as i find it is too "fat".

But you just said you love title bars. They are fat space-hogs by definition. Regardless of theme.

>Why have you removed configuration options that you had in gnome 2? I found a lot of what i was missing in gnome tweak tool, But it seems like someone has decided that I don’t need those options, and it makes me feel stupid.

Because 1. GNOME is not a final product. It'll never be. 2. Regular users really doesn't miss them.


I don't think its contradictory that I want title bars and thinner theme. The title bar serves as the main handle to move a window. When its taken away it makes it hard to pull the window out of being maximized, depending on where there is free space that will let me drag a window around to pop it out of its maximized state. The title bar serves a purpose. The extra padding on tabs, buttons and menus doesn't help me much as I know what i am looking for.

I fully understand that gnome 3 isn't a final product, and like basically all Open Source software it is available "as is" and without any guarantee that it is fit for your purpose. I would have thought that the "regular user" for a system like gnome was a person like me. I guess that is no longer the case, which is fine, its just hard finding a new desktop environment that i'm comfortable in.




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