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.