While reading articles like Jon’s or the Nicu’s one (actually,
this one is really funny, although IMHO wrong) I have couple of
thoughts I would like to write down:
Yes, the user interface will be VERY different. Deal with it! Take
this book (find it in the library or in a second hand bookstore)
as your good night companion. If you need a professional help, Fedora
won’t cover it though.
Yes, given that all Gnome developers will most likely just struggle
with crashes and similar lovely stuff until GA, I don’t expect much
change in UI, and yes it will be probably kind of “1.0” (hopefully,
we’ll do better than KDE 4.0, but who knows?). Deal with it! Yes, I
have some pet peeves as well, but I won’t mention them here on
Yes, there will probably some people who will leave for
XFCE/LXDE/twm/Fluxbox or other distros which are not changing in
their user interface this release cycle (Debian, Arch, Gentoo?).
No, I am afraid, in the end, it is not possible to do fundamental
changes in an user interface in more gentle way.
No, I don’t think the current Gnome2 user interface is the Holy Grail
of user interfaces, and I would expect that other DE now holding
against the change, will either change in next few years as well
(with similar bumpy road on start), or they will become irrelevant
(which is not the worst thing to happen … I don’t see Google and
Microsoft exactly to fight over Fluxbox, but I know about many happy