I’ve been using Gnome Shell (Gnome 3) exclusively for 2 weeks today, and while I do have a few good words to say about it… today’s the day I’m switching to KDE once and for all.
Gnome Shell is Defective By Design, and I’m here to tell you why.
Looks 2.0. Acts like 0.1
- I can’t disconnect from a Wireless Network unless I turn off Wifi entirely.
- I can’t view my current IP unless I click Network Settings
There’s no longer any way to connect to a hidden wireless network.
- Found it. It’s hidden under Network Settings, click the Network name, then click on Other.
- I can’t modify the Wired options unless I actually plug a cable.
And before you tell me it’s an unfinished product, these decisions are there by design, and as far as I know, I can’t right click anything to prompt for more options.
Alt Tab vs Alt | (The key above Tab)
I often find myself with dozens of LibreOffice PPTs open, or dozens of GIMP images open, or dozens of Gedit windows open. Trying to Alt | between the windows is an absolute nightmare. I know Shift-Alt-| helps you go back and forward between the windows, but why should i have to switch through them, when they change their order for no apparent reason?
I know pressing the Super key brings an overview with all the windows open. At one point, my overview looked like this:
Try to find what you’re looking for.
One quick way to fix this? Bring back the old Task Switcher, at the bottom of the screen. Where it’s been the past 10 or so years.
Add programs to the menu
For some insane reason, Fedora never seems to install Alacarte on Gnome by default. Or maybe I’m crazy for actually using it?
I tried to add an Eclipse instance to the menu. Thought right clicking might help, but no luck. Dragging the icon? No luck either.
Alacarte lets you modify the menu, but unless you know the app’s name, and install it yourself, you’re S.O.L.
Notification Area should be visible *always*
How long ago did someone mention me on IRC?
The notification area does not do its job. If you missed the notification, it hides and does not remind you of a missed notifications.
It should always be visible. This is probably my biggest annoyance.
Right Click on Desktop Can’t change the Wallpaper
Once upon a time, back in Fedora… 14? I was able to Right Click the Desktop, and change the Wallpaper from there. That’s gone now.
Apparently if I open the Activities overview, and click on Applications, I can’t find any way to change the background, but apparently typing “Background” on the search box finds a hidden app that lets you change it. FFS! Hidden!
Update: I’m an idiot, there’s a way to change Background by opening the Gnome Control Center, which I can’t find without using gnome-control-center on a terminal, or going to Network Settings, and clicking All Settings.
I really miss TimeZones
Another Gnome 2.32 feature I miss on Gnome 3 was the ability to see other timezones by clicking on the Clock panel.
I wish someone made an extension for that. I really miss it, and would’ve been handy it now that I’ve started the GSOC.
Update: Stephane wrote in the comments that this is his GSOC Project! Looking forward to it on Gnome 3.2!
Defaults are just insane
Closing the lid automatically suspends the laptop.
If it wasn’t for Gnome-Tweak-Tool, I wouldn’t have lasted on Gnome-Shell nearly as long as I have.
Tweak Tool lets you change a lot of Gnome’s defaults, like its fonts, the lack of minimize/maximize buttons on top, and even showing the Date in the clock (Which isn’t there by default). Tweak Tool even lets you let Nautilus manage the desktop again, adding Icons back to your screen.
Trying to turn off the computer the first time was downright surprising. I clicked my name and Suspend showed up. Power Off wasn’t an option. There’s a package called gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu (Isn’t that a mouthful?) that brings back sanity onto that menu.
Battery Monitor annoyance
Hah, as I was writing the closing words, my computer just alerted me that I have 7% battery remaining. There used to be colors up there. I would’ve loved colors warning me ahead of time that I’ll probably need a charger soon. As soon as the “5 minutes of battery remaining showed up”, I panicked and raced for the battery charger.
Could you please warn me before? Maybe add colors onto that icon? Or would that break the “beautiful design decisions”?
Update: Perhaps use “battery cells” on the battery, like cellphones do, that way it would be easier to distinguish between 75% full and 25% full.
Gnome’s “Simplicity” is down right insulting to a computer enthusiast. It makes it impossible to do simple tasks that used to flow naturally, and it’s made dozens of bizarre “design decisions”, like hiding Power Off behind the “Alt” key.
The lack of a taskbar, and hiding the notification area are extremely annoying, and the only reason I lasted this long is because I don’t have time to switch from Desktop-to-Desktop mid-week.
I think KDE is done re-installing. Good riddance, Gnome 3.