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Thoughts on Gnome 3 & Fedora 16 Linux

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I admit, that I am still running Fedora 14 for most of my machines, which is the last version to include the Gnome 2 desktop. I've purposely not upgraded because I haven't had the time yet to explore Gnome 3. Fedora 15 and 16 come with the Gnome 3 desktop by default. So, this was my first good look at Gnome 3. My challenge is to try and make it as close as possible to the other GNU/Linux PC they currently use, which is running Fedora 14. I decided that Fedora 16 would be a good starting point on the new PC, that way all of the binaries (programs) are the latest version.

The installer for Fedora 16 is in line with the previous Fedora installers, very simple to follow and on this Core 2 Duo PC, it installed in about 25 minutes from start to finish. Next, I had to customize the Gnome 3 desktop to be as close to the old Gnome 2 desktop, otherwise I think the users would probably be fairly frustrated and confused. If you've used Gnome 3, you will know that the old menus at the top have been replaced with a single "Activities" button and under Activities, you can select which Window or Application to open or switch to. Along with a small "dock" on the left side as well. But, again I was trying to make the two PCs they have as close as possible without a bunch of differences.

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