Re: My opinions on Gnome Shell

On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM, Dimitris M. <dimitrisfx yahoo gr> wrote:
> Hi,
> My opinions on Gnome Shell:
> Window management is atrocious (see below).
> 1. No minimize button (I can't even mention the number of times I have
> cursed you for this, so far...).
> 2. Switching between widows is PAINFUL. The options I have is: move mouse to
> top-left or press the window key.
> Then when the "window" view opens, and after its effects are finished, I
> cannot immediatly find the window I am looking for. Why? Because of the
> effects. Colors fade, windows thumbs pop and resize and rearange. All these
> are too distracting and completely destroy my focus. I have to stare for a
> little while at each window thumbnail to decide if it is the one I am
> looking for. Also the virtual desktops bar at the right, I have to move my
> mouse on top of it to see it all! Very annoying, too many mouse moving
> around.
> On the other hand the "applications" view is good. However I would
> apppreciate smaller icons so I can fit more per row. Maybe you could put
> zoom in and out handles at the bottom?
>  What I would like (suggest).
> Having to go to "activities" to manage my windows is a disaster. Window
> management should be "always on"! That means the dock and the virtual
> desktop bar should be visible by default on my plain old desktop. Also when
> windows overlap them they should pop up when moving the mouse to the left or
> right screen edge. This is similar to the current top-left edge but with
> much less mouse moving. At any case I would like to NOT have any kind of
> resizing, rearanging of my windows when the dock becomes active. In practise
> I am suggesting to have the "window" view functionality as the default
> desktop!
> That would leave the "activities" only with one view, the "applications" and
> think about it. It makes sense and maps much better to the Gnome 2 design.
> Dimitris

I agree.

There are many users that rely heavily on visual information (for
example, most children rely on it exclusively), so answers like "there
is a key combination" are simply invalid. Key combinations, search and
similar features are good for power users, but many regular users
simply don't use these.
Moving down and pressing on window switcher is fast, easy and
non-distracting. Same goes for pressing a launcher on the panel. But
current design transforms this almost mindless action into "activity".

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