Exactly: if a desktop environment cannot accomodate the extremely modest GUI demands of someone who just wants terminals, what does that say about its ability to accomodate more sophisticated GUI users?
who said it doesn't accommodate "launching multiple terminal windows"? I count at least five ways to achieve that:
use the Ctrl + Shift + N shortcut when the terminal is active (which is by far the most likely scenario at any given time);
go to System Settings → Keyboard → Shortcuts and define a global shortcut to launch a terminal (I personally use Ctrl + Alt + t);
go to the activities overview and drag the terminal icon from the dash to the desired workspace;
go to the activities overview and middle click the terminal icon from the dash to have a new window on the last workspace;
go to the activities overview and right click to open the menu and choose between opening a new window or focusing any other one.
but, obviously this is a false metric; if we put a gigantic icon to launch the terminal in the middle of the screen we'd obviously placate the ires of people launching terminals all day, at the expense of the absolute majority of people that don't need, or want, or have the skills to use the terminal.
this is, by the way, what the most vocal individuals in the vocal minority of users that are constantly pissed off at Gnome define as "dumbing down the UI at the expenses of the experts". personally, if aiding the majority of potential users, and improving their life, comes at the expense of a vocal, angry minority of a minority of the denizens of the Intertubes that scream and cry murder because they can't, from the height of their tower of terminal windows, feel superior to the rabble of common users any more, then I'll not only take the insults - I'll wear them as a badge of honour, as they mean that we're doing something right.
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