A Crack In The Monolith
It would seem that Red Hat’s GNOME devs have had a meeting and a change of heart:
while we certainly hope that many users will find the new ways comfortable and refreshing after a short learning phase, we should not fault people who prefer the old way. After all, these features were a selling point of GNOME 2 for ten years!
Why, these people are just so darn heart-warming, aren’t they? I love it when they call alt-tab “the old way”. :) Not standard or even different or alternate, but “old”. Why do I feel that in his mind he’s making some minor concessions to senior citizens?
we’ve decided that we will compile a list of supported gnome-shell extensions. This will be a small list, focused on just bringing back some central ‘classic’ UX elements: classic alt tab, task bar, min/max buttons, main menu…
We haven’t made a final decision yet on how to let users turn on this ‘classic mode’ – it may be a switch in gnome-tweak-tool or something else.
As in, “oops, we forgot that we have users and they like to actually do stuff, so now we have to figure out how to hack flexibility into our rigidly designed system”. This is sure to be done well.
Yet the good news is they finally responded on this one issue in some form, at least in theory. Perhaps.
Earlier reading: GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes
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