Are You Looking Forward to GNOME 3?

by Susan Linton - Apr. 05, 2011Comments (7)

GNOME 3.0 will be officially released tomorrow to what will almost assuredly be a bunch of fanfare. It's been five years in the making with contributions from over 3,500 developers. It's had quite a bit of press and blog coverage already and opinions will most likely multiply in the days ahead. But how do regular users feel about the upcoming GNOME 3.0 against the backdrop of the debates over the good and bad points?

A year ago I started a poll on my Website to gauge excitement over GNOME 3.0 which was just starting to get some buzz and included early screenshots. Then in February of this year I asked again after quite a bit of coverage had been circulating forming a more complete picture of just how the new desktop would look and operate.

When looking at the numbers the most outstanding difference between last year and earlier this year is not so much with feelings toward GNOME 3.0, but the drastic change from those who chose "Use KDE" or "Other." In 2010 62% of respondents chose "Use KDE" compared to 39% in 2011. 3% said "Use Other" last year while 9% chose that option this year. This tends to indicate that GNOME and even other desktops in general are taking some of KDE's users.

However, when looking at user anticipation of GNOME 3.0 the numbers seem to indicate a slight increase in enthusiasm despite a number of recent negative articles and unpopular developments. Those that can hardly wait has increased by 3% over the year as did the number of those mildly excited.

While that looks promising for GNOME 3, the numbers for those not excited, indifferent, and dreading it also increased. In 2010 4% were not excited or just plain indifferent while those numbers increased to 7% this year. Only 2% dreaded the GNOME 3 release in 2010 but increased to 8% this year. Apparently some of those recommending or using KDE in 2010 decided to express an opinion on GNOME either on general purposes or because they had recently switched to GNOME.

In any case, the number of those looking forward to GNOME 3.0 has seemed to increase over the last year and they will soon be rewarded. GNOME 3 is expected tomorrow (April 6) and distribution developers will soon began featuring it in upcoming releases. Fedora was the first major distribution to announce plans to feature the new desktop in its next release expected in May. But smaller projects could still beat them to the punch.



The Numbers


GNOME 3.0 January 2010 February 2011
Cant' Wait 13% 16%
Mildly Excited 11% 14%
Not Excited 4% 7%
Indifferent 4% 7%
Dreading it 2% 8%
Use Something Else 65% 48%
Total Votes23741535





Mark Hinkle uses OStatic to support Open Source, ask and answer questions and stay informed. What about you?


I'm still on the fence with GNOME 3.0. I -love- the look of it, but from a usability perspective, I am not quite sold on the fact that it's the most efficient desktop environment out there. It looks to perform a bit better than Unity, but I can see keyboard shortcuts for launchers being the only real way to launch your applications, because navigating the pop-up bubble or using the search is just inconvenient and cumbersome.

I plan to give GNOME 3.0 an honest go either when it becomes available in the Gentoo repository, or until I can't stand to wait longer and then go download some other distro that has it to test it out.

Either way, huge kudos to the GNOME devs on their 3.0 launch!

1 Votes

I have been using GNOME 3 for a week now. I will never go back to classic GNOME. I was a skeptic - been around GNOME since 1.x - but I am 100% sold. The workflow is efficient and the visuals are amazing. I don't miss any of the removed configuration options. This is the first desktop I've ever installed that I have no desire to tweak.

Try it (for real, not in a VM). GIve it a week. It's very different, but it's fantastic.

0 Votes

I wish the Gnome Project well, and truly hope their rollout of version 3 is a wonderful success. On my main distributions, though, I do not use Gnome. I become enamored with Xfce ever since ran away screaming from KDE 4.



0 Votes

im actually looking forward to the change. for some reason im not feeling unity. now that gnome is out i dont even think i can get it installed on my 10.10 ubuntu i have looked every where and dont know how to get it. so frustrating after the wait.

0 Votes

So far I find it to be an improvement over previous releases of GNOME. It's been very easy to use and understand; quite intuitive.

0 Votes

All I can say is, what a waste of 5 years of development time.

0 Votes

GNOME 3 completely changes my daily workflow. I _really_ tried hard to stay on it, and gave up. The change is too radical for me, so I switched to XFCE 4. It was a "battle" between LXDE and XFCE 4, and XFCE 4 won.

From my end: GOODBYE GNOME, you did well with GNOME 3, created a perfect desktop for novice users, and people who want fancy GUI on their machines.

0 Votes
Share Your Comments

If you are a member, to have your comment attributed to you. If you are not yet a member, Join OStatic and help the Open Source community by sharing your thoughts, answering user questions and providing reviews and alternatives for projects.

Promote Open Source Knowledge by sharing your thoughts, listing Alternatives and Answering Questions!