I'm all for progress. But what I question is when workflow of the latest desktop interfaces are seeming to take a turn backwards (MetroUI, OS X, Gnome3, Ubuntu's Unity etc). Like using Windows 3.11 for Workgroups all over again. Where having one opening application is the thing to do, and switching between applications is now more complex then switching a tab in a web browser.
Now we're using things like gestures, swiping movements over the touchpad, mouse hover previews of open apps or new key-combos which simply adds more steps to get to the application you're after or that are already running.
For typical users, I'm sure they don't care. I mean, hey, it looks pretty, and if Apple (and other big names) have learnt anything over the years - it's that pretty sells.
I think the last movement in terms of UI improvements I ever saw was Windows Vista's new start menu - where you could type anything you were after or even the start of it, and launch the application. Windows 7 in my opinion started getting a bit silly with combining shortcuts and running applications (thankfully I've reverted back) which made opening a new window up of an already running application somewhat more difficult than say what the quicklaunch bar allows.
I loved Gnome2, I loved how much customising I could achieve with the tool bars - especially across multiple monitors.
I thus present to you my current changes to fedora, I'm sure more will come.
Adding Hibernate and Power Off Options to the User Menu
# sudo yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu
Installing the Tint2 Taskbar to Gnome 3
# sudo yum install tint2
Automatically Startup Tint2 with Gnome 3
# gnome-session-properties Click Add (Under Startup Programs) Name: tint2 Command: /usr/bin/tint2 Comment: Tint2 Taskbar Click Add Click Close
Add Minimize, Restore/Maximize back to Windows
# sudo yum install gconf-editor Run gconf-editor (ALT-F2 - type in gconf-editor then hit enter) Navigate the tree to "desktop > gnome > shell > windows" Edit the 'button_layout' entry to ":minimize,maximize,close" (without quotes)
Easily add/edit/remove applications from Gnome 3 Launcher Using Alacarte Menu Editor
# sudo yum install alacarte Open the Gnome Launcher (Activities) Click Main Menu (Should be listed under the category 'other' if you can't find it). Add/Remove Applications as you lick
Hurray - now after reloading gnome (ALT-F2 shortcut to run, type in "r" and hit enter - save your opened documents) you should get something prettier like this.
One thing you cannot do without: A Taskbar
And the one below is much better than tint2
Install and run: “gnome-panel –replace”.
This will give you a top and a bottom panel; the top one covered over by the default panel.
Install and run: “dconf-editor”
Edit: org -> gnome -> gnome-panel -> layout -> toplevels -> top-panel
Set option to auto-hide the top panel, and that gets it out of the way at the top.
Alt/right-click on the bottom panel and choose the Options;
set Background to “Solid Color”; choose black (rgb:000); set Style to 60% transparant.
Alt/right-click and choose ‘Add to panel’; search for ‘Main Menu’ and ‘Add’;
Alt/right-clock on the new ‘Main Menu’ icon, and select ‘Move’, than drag the icon to the leftmost corner on the taskbar.
Add other items as needed.
To startup the newly configured taskbar upon login:
run ‘gnome-session-properties’ and Add ‘gnome-panel –replace’
For Gnome3? I must investigate. I couldn’t find much on the web about it…. ooooooo. HOLD THIS THOUGHT. I’ll play later tonight.
You sir, have just made my night. I’m going to check this out further tomorrow some time. There’s still a few “gnomy3” thingy lingering about… but I know I can fix it.
Need some further thoughts.
I’ve done your suggestions – that’s fantastic. Now I have the normal-ish gnome bar down the bottom. The shell’s “Activities” still comes into play every once in a while even though it’s hiden (or sometimes hidden – other times it’s just stupid and stays visible).
I uninstalled “dash” – which was that horrible nonsense bar down the bottom, fantastic – got the notifications added to the panel so I can still see everything I need.
Just can’t seem to actually remove the parts of Gnome 3 Shell (mostly.. well… the shell crap) that is frustrating me.
For example, I still open applications – that never show themselves and I get that stupid notification still open down the bottom saying “oh hey, that application is launched now”.
Hrmm. I don’t think I (or anyone else for that matter) should be spending time on this.
I really was excited for a moment about your suggested fixes =D
Really great!!!.., just a stupid question…
How did you removed the “dash”, it’s really annoying and google could’t provide a solution yet..:S
Thks in advance!
sudo yum remove dash
So while yes making gnome 3 behave more like gnome 2, it’s still gnome 3 – and it’s not for people like me.
http://lxde.org/ is my new best fwend.
Why has making shortcuts to applications become so much harder? Am I doing something wrong? Why must I copy a file and edit the details – rather than use some nice GUI. Fedora/Gnome3 – You’re meant to make shit easier – not harder. >_>