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Tom's Hardware Tests and Reviews Fedora 16 and Gnome 3 101

New submitter LordDCLXVI writes with a review at Tom's Hardware that starts out with some loaded questions about GNOME 3, as included in the newest version of Red Hat's Fedora: "While most other distros are passing up or postponing GNOME Shell, Fedora is full steam ahead. Does Red Hat know something the rest of us don't? Or is GNOME 3 really as bad as everyone says?" Writes LordDCLVXI: "This massive article amounts to a full-blown guide to Fedora 16 'Verne' and complete dissection of GNOME Shell. It begins with an installation guide, with instructions for enabling third-party repos, proprietary graphics drivers, Wi-Fi, Flash, Java, multimedia codecs, and 32-bit libs. Next up is a GNOME Shell tear-down, including customization options and methods to 'fix' the Shell or mimic GNOME 2. Finally, Fedora is benchmarked against Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7. [While the author] adds to the voices criticizing GNOME Shell, he also points out that the extensions can empower distributors to create unique, yet compatible layouts. One of the most fair and constructive critiques of GNOME 3 — definitely worth the read, and even makes GNOME 3 worth a second look."
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Tom's Hardware Tests and Reviews Fedora 16 and Gnome 3

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  • by rish87 ( 2460742 ) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:24PM (#39415475)
    Same here, I went with XFCE years ago and haven't looked back. It's not that I am opposed to new directions in UI development, I've just never felt Unity/Gnome Shell offered anything useful. For someone who spends most of their time in linux with a maximized terminal and screen session, when I DO have to interact with the desktop, I want it to be as small and light as possible. I know there are lighter environments, but XFCE is a good blend of efficiency and usefulness IMO.
  • Re:Gnome 3 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by justforgetme ( 1814588 ) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:34PM (#39415655) Homepage

    Gnome3 is the default desktop env that gets installed. Anaconda (the OS installer of fedora) asks
    you, on install, if you wish Gnome3 or KDE. Just choose KDE and you are set.

    I get the point though, from the two KDE is definitely the better desktop env. Probably that choice
    came from higher up though.

  • by ifiwereasculptor ( 1870574 ) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:51PM (#39415893)

    And it's sad that most /.ters won't read the review, because it is truly very complete. At one point you read

    Another side-effect presents itself after a few weeks of regular use.


    I needed to open it on the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v to access my DropBox account [...] Back on my desktop, KeePassX reported that my password database was locked

    and think "a review that actually tried to use the fucking thing for weeks intead of just installing, looking around for a few minutes and writing about it? What the hell is happening to tech journalism?". Gnome Shell didn't, but Tom's Hardware scored a few points with me today.

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