This is waaaaaaaaaaay different from Why I’m sick and tired of Gnome Shell.
Ask every Gnome user. Every Gnome release, developers take away features, while giving us a proverbial carrot, but Gnome 3? They decided to just give us a stick.
For starters, the GDM, The screen where you log in? There used to be a way to select your keyboard language and other settings. That’s gone in 3.0. (Psst, some people use áccénts on their passwords but I guess Gnome isn’t designed for people)
I think the most frustrating thing missing from Gnome 3.0′s “Fallback” mode is the fact that the panels *try* to look like the old panels, but fail miserably.
All actions have been moved to ‘Alt’, so if you want to add, move or remove a shortcut, you need to use ‘Alt’+’Right Click’. Also gone is the ability to resize the bar to the former 24 pixel glory (It’s now set to 29 and haven’t found a way to make it smaller).
If that wasn’t enough, painting the bar to a different color is now impossible, thanks to the removal of the slider that lets you set Transparency under the Panel Properties.
And if you haven’t noticed, all Applets are gone from 3.0. Read somewhere about having your cake and eating it, but this isn’t cake, this is rotten eggs. Artificially obsoleted rotten eggs. Trying to install applets like lock-keys or the cpu frequency scaler is impossible, because they’ve been artificially obsoleted.
Also gone are icons on your desktop, the ability to change themes or fonts and minimize and maximize buttons. These are easily fixed with gnome-tweak-tools, but they’re still gone by default and its one more thing we need to tweak to get a usable desktop.
Since I’m not a fan of the dark theme, I really appreciate Marcus Möller’s Newlooks theme and thought I’d mention it here.
I’d like to end this note with an official announcement: I’m working on an alternative repository that will bring Gnome’s Missing Features back to Gnome 3, without any conflicts at all. I’m concentrating on bringing applets back at first, but also want to fix most of gnome-panel’s newest quirks. I was thinking on calling this “Plus”, but now that Google beat me to it… I’ll see what funky name I come up with.
I’m not abandoning the BlueBubble repository, but I’m working on something that should help out more abandoned Gnome users.
Edit: Also on my Gnome Hate List: The ugly black icons on top (Bluetooth, Audio and Battery). I’ve managed to replace the Bluetooth one but have had little success replacing the horrible volume and battery icons.