On 12/07/12 03:30, david wrote:
I'm firmly convinced that the GNOME design team begins every session with the question, "What more functionality can we remove from users today?" Eventually, the GNOME UI will consist of a single button in the middle of the screen reading, "Shutdown computer". ;-)
Perhaps its a matter of what users and platforms they are catering for ... a UI that works well on the smaller, hand held devices with touch interfaces rather than a mouse and keyboard is very important if that is what you are using, and lots of devices are like that now. It is becoming the most familiar interface.
It is easy to confuse 'intuitive' with 'familiar' and believe that what one has learned is somehow the natural way to do things, but this newer style of interface is becoming the most common one => familiar => 'intuitive'. The Gnome version isn't the result of a collection random decisions along the way, it was described and planned in detail years ago, when the work building it was starting to get serious. Looking closely at UI habits derived from hardware with particular limits and histories, then deciding what is just habit and what really contributes to a good working environment, is a very important part of making a good UI. See this 2009 document:
http://www.gnome.org/%7Emccann/shell/design/GNOME_Shell-20091114.pdfit predicts the Gnome 3 interface fairly accurately, and is clearly the origin of their current design principles page a couple of years down the track:
https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Design/PrinciplesWorkstations like audio studio setups are probably much better off with something lighter anyway ... lxde, xfce, openbox etc. And those have always been very customisable if you want to do your own thing in a desktop, many coders who work heavily with text files and like to create their own workspace seem to have gone with one or other of those. KDE still caters for those who like the older windows on a desktop kind of thing, but it seems to be less and less the focus of distributions ... probably for the reasons above.
Personally I have had xfce as my desktop for a few years, I got annoyed with all the 'helpful' but limited GUI stuff and got stung by some nice little customisation options I had used not being supported into the next versions of my desktop managers, but at the moment I am looking at how to integrate smaller tablets into my workflow, especially when there isn't a mouse or keyboard in reach.
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