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    Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Just wonder how many others were using Ubuntu with GNOME 3 instead of Unity or other Desktops? I ran Point Linux 2.2 for a few months and really liked it, it's Debian 7.2 Stable with MATE DE but I just wanted to try something different so I moved to Ubuntu/GNOME 13.10 and after I found out that I could set it up so I'd have a "live" desktop(i.e. create folders, have removable media show up there, have my Home folder and Trash on the desktop) and other little tweaks I really started enjoying it quite a bit. I used Tweak Tools to set it up the way I wanted it and I think it works as well for me now as GNOME 2/MATE was and it has a more modern look to it as well.
    Anyway, just wanted to see if anyone else was using GNOME 3 and what you thought about it.
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Not a support request moved to Ubuntu Linux and OS Chat
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Still running MATE, waiting for you to endorse something better. I don't like the file manager changes in gnome3. There are work-arounds to get back to the old-style nautilus, but I am lazy.
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    I test them all but gnome3 is my main desktop.
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    Smile Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    I'm currently testing GNOME 3 as part of the Ubuntu® GNOME® 13.12a1 Trusty Tahr™ installation on an eMachines®/Acer® EL1210-09 being prepared for projection duty; found that the X.org Nouveau driver works properly on an EVGA® 8400GS low-profile VDA, whereas it was a fail on an Asus® EN210/DI/512MD2(LP) VDA (ironically, both use the nVIDIA® GT218 GPU). The GNU® GNOME® Desktop Manager seems to work as advertised, excepting the GNOME® Settings Daemon™ (borked due to a missing library?), as of 12 January 2014; we'll see whether this is still the case, or further improved yet, when Trusty is released to market as 14.04.1-LTS.
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    I use gnome shell in Fedora but I prefer Unity. GS doesn't have the same smooth work flow and feels kind of constricted IMO. For example, all actions have to be initiated through the same activity corner which can be very awkward when you want to reach somewhere in the opposite side (say the dynamic workplaces), whereas in Unity you can use the edges to move around if you have the appropriate Compiz options enabled. Also Unity's search is a lot better than GS's (which doesn't search files) Some of gs's restrictions can be addressed through extensions (e.g something like Unity's now defunct dodged window feature and edge flip,--only vertical,--but some of these are not maintained so they break when a new version of gs comes out. If you are lucky you may find a replacement but then maybe not.

    P.S. Ubuntu's gnome is not the most up to date (and heavily patched?), I would recommend Fedora if you want the latest pure gnome shell experience.
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    I played with Compiz in my Point Linux MATE install and it was fun but really didn't add much to productivity. I don't dig deep enough into a Distro to bother with which Desktop Manager it's running. Long as the apps I want to run work that's all I care about and everything I use seems to run fine under GNOME 3. With Tweak Tools I finally found the functionality that I wanted on the desktop that I didn't know that GNOME 3 had. Now that I've "tweaked" it I really like it though.
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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybrain20122 View Post
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    P.S. Ubuntu's gnome is not the most up to date (and heavily patched?), I would recommend Fedora if you want the latest pure gnome shell experience.
    Yes, the current Fedora 20 release with Gnome 3.10 is really quite good. (The Infinality font rendering package is a must tweak.)

    Frankly, given the way I set up Gnome, there's little functional difference between it and Unity or any other GUI with a dock. I install the DashToDock extension to get that standard dock, an extension to turn off the hot corner, and the TopIcon extensions to get a few Gnome-unaware icons to show up in the top panel (like Dropbox).

    I disable the online searches in Unity to avoid the screen clutter, so, while things look a bit different, behavior is very similar.

    I do agree that Unity, especially in 13.10/14.04, seems a bit smoother than Gnome 3.10 in Fedora.

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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzingrobot View Post
    Yes, the current Fedora 20 release with Gnome 3.10 is really quite good. (The Infinality font rendering package is a must tweak.)

    Frankly, given the way I set up Gnome, there's little functional difference between it and Unity or any other GUI with a dock. I install the DashToDock extension to get that standard dock, an extension to turn off the hot corner, and the TopIcon extensions to get a few Gnome-unaware icons to show up in the top panel (like Dropbox).

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    I am still on Fedora 19. Checked out F20 when it was released but many extensions don't work any more. Dash to dock works but needed to be compiled from git. Vertical edge flip didn't work (and has not been updated for quite a while so I think it is discontinued) I installed topicon but removed it after I got used to gs's notification (but for the uninitiated it is a wtf moment when things like jitsi or skype just appear to have disappeared after launch, I think jitsi still doesn't work but I never really use it as I have no contact who has it installed)

    Do you know any extension that would integrate file search into the gnome-shell dash?

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    Re: Anyone else using GNOME 3?

    Compiz is not just eye candies. It is very useful for multitasking.

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