Ubuntu Gnome 14.04
May 13, 2014 10 Comments
Last weekend I decided to take the plunge and return to a core Ubuntu release. I have never liked the fact Canonical forked Gnome, and lately I am no longer happy to support Mint’s obsession with forking every gnome app!
My first impressions of Gnome 3 were not that good to be honest, but because I had actual work to do and I did not have the time to go back to Mint 16, I decided to persevere.
I am so glad I did. I have come to appreciate Gnome 3’s simplicity and extension driven customisation.
I installed the frippery move clock extension, dask-to-dock, workspace-to-dock. Enabled the native window placement and removable drive menu.
I also installed HTitle Firefox extension which remove the title bar in firefox.
The gripes I have so far, is it was a real pain to add launchers for my custom apps that are not installed. Especially getting the icons working, I manually created the files in /usr/share/applications and that seemed to work. Alacarte ignored the extension of my icon, which I did not understand.
I have had a couple of freezes, but ALT-F2, R, Enter gets around them, and I think they were mostly to do with earlier extensions I have added and now removed.
I tried quite a few extensions for stuff, (I don’t remember the complete list) but the ones I have listed above work for me.
I will post additional comments based on my experiences in the coming weeks. But it is nice to be back with a proper ubuntu release, sorry mint.
As an aside….
It would be so nice to see Cinnamon re-merged back into gnome 3 instead of duplicating all that effort. The same goes for Mate to contribute to the gnome classic mode. It’s upsetting to see so much UI fragmentation. Yet another reason why I don’t see Linux ever getting that ‘year of the desktop’