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GNOME-Shell on Nimie by technokoopa GNOME-Shell on Nimie by technokoopa
For a while, I have debated about testing the two new looks of the Gnome interface for Linux under development. One of them is called Gnome Shell made by Red Hat and the other is called Unity made by Ubuntu. After trying the two under Ubuntu 10.04, my results was that Unity is still too buggy, and thus I'm more in favor (and still currently using) Gnome Shell which is what's pictured.

Gnome Shell, once set as a startup application, takes some getting use to since some things are rearranged (like the system preferences in the drop-down menu in the upper right) or unavailable (taskbar, volume control, battery indicator, etc.). However, the later is easier to work around if you have dedicated keys for them, such as volume control, or use a different app such as a battery indicator screenlet on the desktop. The best part is how it arranges things and the fact it can do so without Compiz (special effects program), which for PC's like netbooks means less resources are needed and still have eye-candy. I'm learning how to change aspects of Gnome-shell (such as colors which is easy) to where I can get it the way I want it to.
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ThePurpleHulk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
ehhhh I prefer good old GNOME 2.32.0. With GNOME Shell, it becomes too annoying to switch windows. All that zooming in and out.
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technokoopa Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alt+tab still works as an option. I like using Gnome Shell on my netbook most because I'm not too fond of the netbook launcher (in Lucid) and Compiz can be a little taxing on a netbook sometimes. (I'm one for eye-candy on computers.) Eventually, Gnome Shell and/or Unity will become the default environment based on the distribution (Ubuntu wants Unity as default for desktops starting with 11.04) with 2.3X.X going the same way as KDE 3.5. If Gnome Shell can improve some more such as a better means of switching apps, I'd prefer it more.
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ThePurpleHulk Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
I just use Compiz on my netbook. Streamlined the install and still get ALL my eyecandy :D even installed PhotoShop CS2 on it (for kicks). And neither Unity nor Gnome Shell appeal to me.
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technokoopa Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you like Compiz then here is both some good and bad news. The bad news: the GNOME team chose Mutter over Compiz as their composite manager and it doesn't look like Compiz will ever work with Gnome Shell due to conflicts between the developers. This leaves the Compiz team in a dire situation. The good news: Ubuntu, after seeing how Unity performs slower using Mutter on their 10.10 netbook version and having issues about Gnome Shell's development, decided to use Compiz over Mutter for Unity since it was faster in their opinion and make Unity their default desktop. Ubuntu has even hired the lead developer of Compiz to work with getting that to work with Unity by the time 11.04 comes out for their desktop version. Thus, Compiz's future actually rests in Unity and its development. Sadly, this means those distributions who were not Ubuntu derivatives and have adopted Gnome Shell will no longer be able to use Compiz.

I would pick Unity over Gnome Shell in that regards if I want to use Compiz for the sake of having eyecandy. If they can make Unity more customizable, even better.
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ThePurpleHulk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I prefer Unity. Mutter was always slow, clunky, and un-customizable. I'll try out Unity :D On a side note: Compiz has been pissing me off lately so I'm trying to get hooked on Fluxbox.
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