I'm going to write a lot more about this in the coming days but the most important takeaway from my first few days of switching my main development machine to Linux (Pop!_OS 18.04)?
I. Do. Not. Miss. The. Mac. One. Bit.
Everything Just Works (tm), including my USB-C-only LG external monitor (which doesn't even work with Laura's older MacBook Pro), Magic Trackpad, etc. And there are things I actually enjoy more about the experience. Never thought I'd be writing this about Linux. Exciting times!
I'm currently just getting set up & already started marking some todos of issues to file, etc., but mostly I want to take a little time to really get a feel for things. Also looking into GJS (how fucking amazing is that?) and into the various projects.
I have to say, Gnome shell is hugely impressive and I feel it's time those of us who understand that experience, not ideology will win this start combining our efforts behind it :)
@aral @mathieu @inmysocks Ohhhh... I finally now understand who GNOME 3, etc. is aimed at. I see it must be very inviting for Mac users... Huh, thanks! I was a refugee to #MATE and Xfce. Gnome2/MATE was a similar revelation in joy coming from WinXP. One thing I love about Linux is the cornucopia of DE’s to choose from. This could be leveraged more systematically by a selector in a canny user oriented distro installer...
GNOME is designed to be accessible to all. (not just in terms of disability, but also computer proficiency and geographical/regional specificities)
It doesn't actually appeal to everybody though, and that's fine: there are other options. Glad you found one that works for you! ☺
@mathieu PS. Just saw this: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/06/gnome-app-menu-migration - it would be a huge step backwards if implemented. How can I get involved to try and prevent this? Where is best to make the case?
But nothing is ever a "done deal". Design is a live thing, it evolves constantly. Especially when you release every 6 months.
It could be that user testing will reveal more problems after the removal than we fixed, and the designers will decide to revert. Or to experiment something entirely different.
Come and say hi in #gnome-design. 🙂
Usability testing should be one element of design, it should never drive it as the only factor. I'd love to know how many people were involved, who they were, etc. In this case it sounds like usability testing was used as an excuse to justify a different direction someone wanted to take. I'll make my case in longform & on the forums you suggested & worst case scenario, we'll have to consider a fork as the new direction I'm seeing for this & the lock screen is regressive
Usability testing is definitely not the driving factor, it's more of a way to validate/inform past design choices.
As for all your questions, you'll find answers talking to the designers.
Do note that this has been under consideration for a while already. The designers and developers have been thinking about the problems with app menus for years. This isn't a new thing someone pushed for.
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