Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

GNOME 3: Seven Pros and Cons

Filed under
Software

Switching to GNOME 3 is both an opportunity and a distraction. On the one hand, it is the opportunity to put aside some annoying behaviors in earlier GNOME releases. On the other hand, GNOME 3 is a distraction because its changes can get in the way of long-established work methods.

As a result, you need to weigh GNOME 3's pros and cons carefully before deciding to make the new desktop part of your everyday computing -- unless, of course, you are the sort who automatically rejects or embraces change simply because it is new.

GNOME 3 contains many changes that average users are unlikely to notice unless they are pointed out. For example, not many are likely to notice that improved hardware interaction means that GNOME 3 offers a Suspend option only on a machine that supports that option. Nor are many going to care much that typing completion in the Activities screen's Search field allows you to launch an application by pressing the Enter key. Such enhancements are easy to overlook, and -- despite their convenience -- too minor to create a large part of anybody's reaction to GNOME 3.

So what factors are likely to influence your decision whether to use GNOME 3? Here are seven pros and several cons of the new desktop that might be important to you:

GNOME 3: PROs




More in Tux Machines

Blackphone unveils a new phone and tablet running secure, encrypted Android

Today at Mobile World Congress, the encrypted phone system Blackphone announced a new phone and tablet, along with a new business focus on enterprise. The phone is called the Blackphone 2, a successor to the first Blackphone shown at MWC last year, but adds a new processor, better screen, and a larger profile overall. The tablet, called the Blackphone+, is slated for release in the fall. Both run Blackphone's secure OS, forked off of Android, which is designed to protect metadata and provide end-to-end encryption throughout. Read more

Oracle VirtualBox Updates to run on Linux 4.0 Kernel

The open-source VirtualBox virtualization project is out with its 4.3.24 update today providing a number of important updates and bug fixes. Read more

Qbo Is an AI-Driven Ubuntu-Powered Cute Little Robot - Video

We've seen some interesting devices coming out of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the small Ubuntu-powered Qbo robot is just one them. Linux fans already kind of knew what to expected to see in Barcelona. Many Ubuntu fans were looking to check out the first Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition phone and their curiosity was satisfied, but now we have something that it's equally interesting, and that is a small robot. Read more

Ubuntu MATE Is One of the Last Major Distros to Officially Support PowerPC

Ubuntu MATE has been providing PowerPC support for some time now, but the developers have made some serious improvements to this particular feature in the latest 15.04 Beta 1 update. Read more