fed 15 + gnome 3 works nice, but ...
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I have been reading some posts here and see that I am pouring oil on the fire so it might be foolish to continue. But "Who are a little wise, the best fooles be". Exploring Gnome 3 under Fedora 15 beta. So far: very nice to work with, great usability, but it could do with some more configurability options and then it would also be pleasing to LOOK at. Not unimportant eh. (I am making the following remarks under the proviso that I do not know if the standard (upstream) Gnome 3 is included in Fedora 15 beta and wat Fedora has contributed to the mix). Are there any plans to increase desktop configurability in Gnome 3. For example: - I would like to be able to change the color of the top bar The lid of my laptop is a shiny black and the addition of the black colored top bar gives the desktop an even more funereal appearance (and makes the bar hard to see/read). - I would like to be able to REMOVE icons from applications overviews under 'Applications' in the 'Activities overview'. First I would like to remove ALL icons from the 'All' category. * This overview is not really necessary because the same icons are included under the other categories 'System Tools', 'Accessories', 'Graphics', etc. * Furthermore given the stupid and unhandy 16:9 laptop screens you have to scroll to see them all so having all icons available does not really save time/work. * Finding a particular icon among this plethora of icons is hardly easy. * Given the large size and the sometimes brash colors and non-uniform design of the icons makes this desktop full of large blobs not very aesthetically pleasing. Second I would like to 'prune' the icons listed under the categories retaining only the icons of the apps I use regularly (possibly putting some of these 'pruned' icons in some 'Other' category). - I would like to change the 'top bar' to an 'under bar' and have the notifications pop up at the top (and why do pop ups and notifications need to have a black background). Personally I find these 'wishes' very reasonable and not detracting from the design and usability of Gnome 3. I could even understand the need to concentrate on other issues at the moment but I do think that tools to make these kinds of changes are necessary, even for beginning and inexperienced users! PS Who designs/creates the icons/icon themes. I find the icons (too) big, brash, glaring and sometimes downright ugly with no consideration for the overall effect. (for example the 'Games' icons). It would be much nicer if they were created with an overall effect in mind using compatible colors and forms (say a sleek blue/silver theme, uniformly applied). PS If configuration options as specified above or comparable are planned for updates or Gnome 3.2 then I would be even more happy with Gnome 3. If not, is it possible to put forward things like the above as 'suggestions' for the design team and what is the best possible place for this. NB I can not and do not code myself. Alexander -- desktop mailing list desktop@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/desktop