Anonymous asked: I think Gnome 3 is a good thing. It shows that people are still re-thinking the desktop, and that they're willing to take a chance. Other people who don't like what Gnome is doing can (and have) gone in different directions. That's one of the things that's so great about free software. Personally, I use LXDE now, but I'm always glad that we have lots of options. I'll switch to whatever best suits my needs - so choice is good.
Hey there, that’s a very fair answer, and I agree with choice being a good thing. The problem is that GNOME alienated a lot of users who chose GNOME 2 over GNOME 3 (and still do to this day). They removed a lot of customisability from the shell and general workings of the desktop, which is against a lot of what the Linux desktop has come to represent. Regardless, it utilises a very efficient desktop paradigm, and I admire the true uniqueness of the design, but it isn’t for me. I’ve tried each release for two weeks at a time, and I’ve still never been able to fully warm up to it.
These days, the argument of GNOME 3 alienating GNOME 2 users has less worth since the birth of the MATE desktop environment. And in the end, choice does wonders in the Linux world. Thanks for your comment.