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Review: Gnome Shell

Dec 01, 2009, 04:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodrigo Gomes)

"The gnome shell desktop can be separated in two parts: the desktop view (where you see either your desktop, or one or more applications open where you can work on them), and the Activities overview (where you have a panel with several functions and an overview of you active workspaces and open applications organized so that you see each application equally inside a workspace, and where you can only drag them between workspaces and select one as the active one). There's innovation in both these parts, but I believe most of it comes in the Activities overview.

"Personally, I love it. Getting to my intended application is much easier now, because of a search box, which allows me to quickly find an application or setting using related words, or the name of the application. Before I had to either memorize it's command and execute it, or dig through menus and categories, and hope I didn't miss it in the middle of all the names. Gnome Shell has this great advantage: it makes me use menus a lot less. Of course I could have used gnome do, but for some reason I don't like it very much on my Desktop (of course that's a matter of personal taste), and it's much easier to access the search future in gnome shell (you only have to tap the super key and start writing, or click in “Activities”)."

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