I stumbled across this blog post about GNOME 3 last night, and I really wanted to share it. I’d definitely recommend it if you are interested in GNOME 3 (even though I’m not exactly bowled over by the 1950s wife-at-home imagery). It is just one example of the positive feedback people are giving GNOME 3.
The post shows what a compelling product GNOME 3 is. ‘Is it a new OS? It looks cool!’, the (non-techie but experienced computer using) wife of the post’s author exclaims. He goes on to explain how: ‘I gave her the machine to try, expecting complaints. She surprised me again – she was already logged into Facebook and was watching a video about Japan. She shared it with her friends and started talking about the situation.’
The moral of the story? ‘[W]e, the so called tech-savvy users, may fight, argue, and create mountain[s] out of mole [hills.] [O]rdinary users don’t care. They just need something that works. And when you hear “wow, that’s cool” from an ordinary user, it means a lot.’
I couldn’t agree more. That isn’t to say that GNOME 3 is just for non-technical users. Far from it: it has plenty of depth and some great power-user features (I get frustrated that GNOME 2 is slower than GNOME 3; I mean, seriously… nested menus?!) What this post shows is that GNOME 3 it is an extremely attractive product and, if you approach it with an open mind, it works.
Thanks for the great post, Swapnil.