1) The Alt-tab behavior sucks. I am a heavy user of alt-tab since most of my windows stay maximized most of the time.
* You should be able to alt-tab your way through avialable windows. Having to use the arrow keys to choose the window is irritating and slow. Pick something else that goes faster. You've turned something that is quick and one-handed into something that is slow and requires both hands.
* Quickly hitting alt-tab should switch you to the last used window. That way if I am reading something in one window while typing in another I can alt-tab back and forth quickly. The way it is now screws up the flow and I have to search through applications and use the arrow keys to just find the window I just used. Instead of something that took a split second to do now will take upwards to 20-30 seconds depending how much is open and ruins the concentration.
2) The application menu sucks.
* The names used in open source software are not descriptive. The menu needs to include the description of the application's purpose. Right now I get a huge icon and a few letters.
"Ekiga Soft..." and a huge orange icon is _NOT_ useful information.
* All the applications are stuck in one massive grid layout. This makes it almost impossible to choose applications rendering the application chooser menu worthless. I understand Search is nice, but it's only useful if I already know what I am looking for.
If I want to find a browser, this is simple in the search. I can type 'browser' or whatever and get most of the popular ones.
However if I want to change the default fonts settings then when I search for 'font' I get 'xfontsel', which is just about the most worthless and misleading application a user could possibly run across.
If I want to change fonts I have to already know that the fonts are via clicking on the apperiances section, and the only way I can get to appearences icon is by openning up gnome-control-center. Unless I am already a very experience Gnome 3.x user I would have zero idea that gnome-control-center even exists. There is no practical way I would be able to find it or know what it is when I found it.
I have to scroll down 1/4 the way in the applications menu and find the icon of a blurry screwdriver with the description of 'Gnome Co..."
To hae a useful application menu the items need to be catagorized, I need to be able to find what I need without scrolling up and down, and I need to have the full name of the application with the icon small.
3) If your going to eliminate applets your going to have to replace their functionality.
For example there is no longer any easy way for me to set the cpu speed on my system or tell the system that I want the cpu to be set to 'performance' when I am on AC power.
There is no longer a easy way to see the weather. There is no longer a quick way to change resolutions or select video outputs, nor is there any easy way to do desktop search.