Rather go to the root of the problem, fixing gnome-shell or whatever else responsible for these massive screen refreshes.
I like the animation; it is pretty minimal. Obviously when stuff is remote you have to ensure that it is efficient. But I wouldn't want all the limitations and trade-offs that you need for something like that applied to when I have a local connection
When it is remote, it needs to be responsive / quick. You immediately suggest not doing screen refreshes. But that is a pretty easy view because your focus is that animation. What if you have some application that is also graphically intense?
It seems better to determine on a case by case basis what the best solution is. For the animation, maybe making gnome-shell efficient when used during a remote desktop viewing (ideally anything, VNC, SPICE, remote X, ...). But making e.g. SPICE more efficient would also help for some applications.
I like things that automatically do the right thing, eventhough that might take a while to get right. During which a visible 'knob' might be seen as a better solution. I still love that you don't need an xorg.conf, etc.
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