Bruce Byfield swings hard. Sometimes he hits foul balls and other times he gets a home run. He has connected solidly with this piece:
Why Isn’t GNOME Listening?
The part I like best is where he compares recent GNOMEs to Lose 3.1, throwing away the huge advance in IT that allowed a desktop GUI to reflect the processes running to the user. Really, people do multitask and GNOME 2 did that much better than GNOME 3, a step backwards.
“Seventeen years of interface development, and it turns out that DOS and Windows 3.1 had the right idea after all?”
That’s a home run. I am not a great multitasker but even I have dozens of windows open to various documents, websites, applications and parts of my file-system. It boggles the mind that anyone would ignore the reason the GUI and the mouse were invented, to allow better interaction with more processes. Users don’t run an application. They run applications. Even the most devout user of FaceBook may want to look at his calendar or check his e-mail or change his playlist. Doing that with a single click or a glance makes sense. GNOME and disUNITY do not.
The idea of optimizing screen space may make sense on a smartphone but it has no place on a wide-screen monitor, or multiple monitors.