Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Linus Torvalds Says No to Gnome 3

Recently, Linus Torvalds stated at Google+ that he doesn't like Gnome 3 and he is using Xfce instead. He says Xfce is a step down from Gnome 2.x but it is surely a step up from Gnome 3. And guess what, it matters when Linux Torvalds makes a statement.


Some believe that Gnome's popularity over KDE has something to do with Linus Torvalds' earlier statement:

I used to be a KDE user. I thought KDE 4.0 was such a disaster I switched to GNOME. I hate the fact that my right button doesn't do what I want it to do. But the whole "break everything" model is painful for users and they can choose to use something else.

I realise the reason for the 4.0 release, but I think they did it badly. They did so may changes it was a half-baked release. It may turn out to be the right decision in the end and I will re-try KDE, but I suspect I'm not the only person they lost.

Source: NetworkWorld

So this is now what he says about Gnome 3:

I want my sane interfaces back. I have yet to meet anybody who likes the unholy mess that is gnome-3.

It's not that I have rendering problems with gnome3 (although I do have those too), it's that the user experience of Gnome3 even without rendering problems is unacceptable.

Why can't I have shortcuts on my desktop? Why can't I have the expose functionality? Wobbly windows? Why does anybody sane think that it's a good idea to have that "go to the crazy 'activities'" menu mode?

I used to be upset when gnome developers decided it was "too complicated" for the user to remap some mouse buttons. In gnome3, the developers have apparently decided that it's "too complicated" to actually do real work on your desktop, and have decided to make it really annoying to do.

Here's an example of "the crazy": you want a new terminal window. So you go to "activities" and press the "terminal" thing that you've made part of your normal desktop thing (but why can't I just have it on the desktop, instead of in that insane "activities" mode?). What happens? Nothing. It brings your existing terminal to the forefront.

That's just crazy crap. Now I need to use Shift-Control-N in an old terminal to bring up a new one. Yeah, that's a real user experience improvement. Sure.

I'm sure there are other ways, but that's just an example of the kind of "head up the arse" behavior of gnome3. Seriously. I have been asking other developers about gnome3, they all think it's crazy.

I'm using Xfce. I think it's a step down from gnome2, but it's a huge step up from gnome3. Really.

Source: Google+

Gnome 3 is already suffering much criticism. Do you think Linus Torvalds' statement might prove to be the last nail in its coffin?

Here is a thread just started on the Ubuntu Forums based on that statement:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1818090

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