Raped by Gnome 3
Well, yes. It's a sensational headline, but I can't find another way of putting it. Me and a colleague was pair programing, he's running Fedora witch is a great distro, but, it suffers from Gnome 3 and I had to suffer through two days of Gnome 3.
Gnome 3 in short, is a monstrosity that gets in your way all the time, really all the time, and to whomever is in charge for usability and design, please make a career change, cause you're a bad bad designer / interaction designer / usability expert or whatever you call yourself.
Let's start with something that we can all compare to, Gnome 2.x always had sensible defaults, you could use it out of the box without it getting too much in your way. Gnome 3, well, noooo. Just no. It got a UI that pads the padding, wastes important screen real estate for no good reason whatsoever.
It has a new task switcher, the one via ALT+TAB now groups stuff forcing you to use optional commands such as arrows of mouse to toggle between app windows. This just gets in my way, and probably yours as well. It also has some fancy animations or transitions? Or whatever, that takes time and hides information that you need to make an informed decision.
Well, it doesn't stop there, there is a lot of minor stuff that's just forced in there with no good reason. It's like it was with KDE 4 in the early releases, but much much, much, much worse. I just can't see any big goal that they try to get to, as I did with KDE 4. So, good luck with that Gnome 3.
To all of you from me, and me only. If you're going to try out Gnome 3, be prepared for the worst and you might feel a bit better about using it then I do. I will wait for a couple of iterations before I try it out again, and hopefully, they have put someone in charge of steering it out of this horrible mess.
Meanwhile, go with KDE 4 if you're in to fancy UI's, just want the good old fashion productivity? Go with LXDE or XFCE or even Gnome 2.
To anyone that might take offense by this post, you're entitled in doing so, but no matter how much you bitch and moan about it, it wont change my experience. And if you're a Gnome 3 developer, please try to remove whom ever in charge of UI and interaction design.