Start by just reading pages 11 and 15
Posted Mar 21, 2012 21:16 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Fedora 16 And GNOME Shell: Tested And Reviewed (Tom's Hardware)
The most useful parts of the article are page 11, GNOME 3 Pros And Cons, and page 15, Fixing GNOME 3. The author does a very good job of getting past the emotions and the flaming and explaining in a very clear way why the stock version of Gnome 3 is not usable for many, and how these issues can be worked around. Thanks to the article I think I'll be able to upgrade.
The main reason I can't use the default Gnome 3 is that it does not support my workflow. As a programmer, I need to have several terminal windows, an Emacs window and a browser window around, plus whatever graphical application I might be working on (if any; as a language front end person most of my work is pure text). I also need to be able to quickly respond to colleagues via email, and be able to cut and paste between all those distinct windows. Because there are too many to have on the screen at once, I need to be able to selectively minimize windows, and to switch focus quickly to whatever task I need to work on next. Page 11 of the article clearly explains why you can't do this effectively with stock Gnome 3; Gnome 3 defenders should read it with an open mind.
As page 15 makes clear, most of the problem can be fixed with published extensions, but because everyone will be running a different set of extensions, this fragments the platform and increases support costs. What should ideally happen is that the Gnome developers check out which extensions their users feel compelled to use, find out why (without preaching to people that they don't need what they clearly feel that they need), and migrate that functionality into core Gnome so that it is available to all.
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