>replicating a thirty-year-old user interface limitation in an unreliable fashion
Brilliant, that should be a GNOME marketing phrase ;-)
Sorry GNOME people, you can grumble and moan and throw words like "hate" about all you want, but people have a right to make comments about your release, whether you like it or not.
Here's mine: In the olden days unix had this idea favoring mechanism over policy, i;e; pushing policy decisions up to the end user.
_My_ workflow is decided by _my_ policy as the end user, not by you GNOME devs attempting to impose one upon me by making configuration difficult or impossible to apply...
Now, if I really wanted to switch between "workspaces" using keystrokes, have to type program names to find/run them, have one thing running at time, I will use this far superior version, try it:
It's great! No more horrible clock bang in the centre of the top of the screen, but I can always find out the time by typing date, or surf the interwebz with telnet www.google.com 80, hell there's even great programming IDE: vi
(BTW: I'm not far off joking, I only really use X for lots of terminal windows and a browser)
Of course, GNOME devs have every right to put whatever they want into their release, that's the point of all this free software stuff.
Just as I and many others have the right to use something else and, god forbid, dare to criticize the Holy GNOME 3 project.