When Gnome 3 was released I have to admit to being less than enthusiastic. So much so, after trying out a live USB, that I was seriously expecting to end up switching to XFCE. However, having used it fore a little over two weeks, my opinion has rapidly changed. It is true that the Gnome 3 desktop attempts to impose a new workflow but, going with it, I have found that dividing tasks across different workspaces does allow me to focus far more on the task at hand. This brings me to the point of this post.
Much electronic ink has already been spilled over the question of minimise and maximise but the shorter version is that the Gnome team wants people to organise tasks by workspace and not by having lots of minimised windows. Fortunately, you can switch these buttons back on and I was quite pleased to discover that the Sabayon implementation does this by default. This made the transition to Gnome 3 a lot less painful than it could have been.
Now, however, I find that I really don’t use these buttons any more. So, with a strong feeling of removing the training wheels, off they go.
I really do like the way that Gnome 3 has been designed. The UI is polished, works well and stays out of the way when you don’t need it. It is also notable, for a desktop environment, just how little I find myself needing to use the mouse.
It’s not perfect and there is is still a way to go, but so far I am finding it to be a polished and very productive desktop environment.