Re: Suggestions.

On 03/31/2010 09:10 AM, David Mulder wrote:
  First of all, the last time I used gnome-shell there was still a dock-style taskbar available inside the gnome-shell in the top-left corner. Alt-tab is easy to switch between recent applications and the gnome-shell allows you to easily switch between all applications. As far as your second idea goes, I am not entirely sure how gnome-shell currently looks (can't test), but I thought I might vote in favour of the original grid-view as IMHO its incomparably better than the flat view where you don't see all workspaces.
  David Mulder

PS. I would be extremely thankful if somebody could send me a shot of how gnome-shell looks (default) in its current state, as due to technical problems I can't install linux anymore and I am not sure how much changed in the last month or so. 

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Jason Sauders <roastedtiresx gmail com> wrote:
After using Gnome Shell for quite a long time now waiting for updates that might answer my request, I decided to email the mailing list again with my idea.

The more I use Gnome Shell, the more I like it. I find the interface very nicely laid out and I think this really has some potential. But regardless, I cannot see how the masses will adopt this with having to use the overview (or alt tab) to switch applications. I just can't see it taking off... I never really understood the point behind that area in the top panel on the left side that displays what our current primary window is. Why do we need it there? Let's put that area to better use and remove that functionality and add a dock-like application there. That way for users who simply want to switch from 1 application to another that didn't get hit with a notification, they can without having to go through the zoom in-out thing. What if I'm in Firefox but, oh wait, I want to write an email. Well, the notification system isn't going to display my idea, since it only displays notifications. Ahh, wait... I gotta zoom in-out. No big deal. But throw this in the hands of a power user, and I really see where the bottleneck for mass Gnome Shell adoption would be.

Please... let's see something like that... use Ubuntu Netbook Remix as an idea starter. That dock-like application is brilliant. That in Gnome Shell would simply be awesome. Keep in mind, I'm not requesting this to be default. Just an activate-able option already embedded in the Gnome Shell system itself for users to activate if they prefer it.

Second Idea: This may have been in existence before, but it just came to mind and I wanted to bring it up. The grid layout for the application menu is very cumbersome. It was much, much better with the single file vertical layout as we had before. Let's revert back to that, as it was much easier to use and MUCH quicker to find applications. Secondly, is there a way you can open the application menu and hit a single letter, and then the application menu displays everything that starts with that letter? That would make quick-scanning even easier yet. Coupled with the fact you can type the application name in the search box and launch it there and you have a very quick and powerful way to get applications running.

If those two things get added, I just might have to go back to Gnome Shell full time. But till then, you gotta use what works...

Thanks for hearing me out. Good work, and good luck to the GS team!
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The last time I checked, most people didn't care about workspaces, and restricting the shell to only show one desktop at a time in the overlay makes sense because it's easier to see all of your applications (especially on something like a netbook). I like the grid view more personally, of course, but that's only because I like using multiple workspaces at once, which most people don't do. Showing a giant grid at start would only scare new users (like my mother, which only needs a computer for Picasa, Gwibber, and Facebook) and giving them too much immediate functionality isn't a good idea. The more simple we make Gnome-Shell appear, the better. Of course, the grid option is always there if you like it and it's just one click to turn on ;)

...By the way, I'm not a member of the Gnome-Shell design/developing team or whatever. I'd just like to share my opinion on the development, which, for a program half of a year away from its first release, is doing exceptional.

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