SJVN:“GNOME developers have woken up and are offering a way for GNOME users to go back to a GNOME 2.x style interface.”
I haven’t liked GNOME even before the 3.x fiasco. I was mostly running older equipment and the bloat was a killer. XFCE4 is just the ticket… I hope that GNOME now sees that there’s no point in jerking users around with radical changes to wildly successful UI. Provide a new version by all means but don’t kill what works. They should have made their own fork or designed things to be easily switched by users. Plugins, perhaps? Some kind of menu by all means. It is foolish to think that a desktop/notebook PC should not have menus in general. There’s nothing wrong with menus properly designed. We still have the same pedals on a car even though the user interface has had many opportunities to change over a century. KISS and don’t fix what isn’t broken. GNOME 2.x was not broken. Most users of that other OS and new users had no problem learning to use it in a few minutes. These new things take hours and then there’s the pain of unlearning decades of GUI reflexes.
Canonical, are you paying attention? I am this close to killing two Ubuntu GNU/Linux installations in my home just because whenever I want to do something not absolutely routine, Canonical’s new interface (no, not the latest one, the one with the window-widgets misplaced…) keeps getting in my way. Today, I wanted to check something from the BASH interpreter and could not find a “terminal” anywhere in the GUI! Blashphemy! It turned out the problem was a missing cable and somehow APT had deleted one of my favourite packages… but instead of using the GUI, I had to use the console. Weak. Reducing flexibility in a handheld gadget to make things really easy to use makes sense. Reducing flexibility on my “mainframe-like” super-computer does not make any sense. I have several ways of doing many things and I like to choose which way to go. I hate distant people telling me what I can and cannot do with my own hardware. I lost that when I stopped needing to read M$’s EULA.