Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gnome 3

For the Linux geeks out there, Gnome 3 has been released, and there is talk of making it the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. You can take a tour of it at the Gnome site, or view the Cheat Sheet to see descriptions of a whole bunch of features. (I first read about it on the Works With U blog, complete with screenshots and a screencast.)

It looks like it has the potential to be either:

  1. Very cool, or
  2. Very annoying, or
  3. Both
It would be nice to see a new paradigm for desktop environments, instead of the old taskbar at the bottom (or top) of the screen with buttons for all of the open windows. So I’m hoping that this will be one of those things that people get used to quickly, and wonder how they ever lived without it. But only time will tell.