Currently Giving Gnome a Try

Thought I would share my news with you. As a KDE die hard, I decided to give Gnome a run. Using 11.2
Pretty slick if you ask me, I have Mint 8 on another partition and I gave F12 a go too.
This is my Sandbox Laptop.

No updates done yet but so far everything is perfect, easy and pleasant to look at. It is has been a really easy install, should be a walk for anyone.:slight_smile:

It’s always a worthy task to broaden your horizons. Are you planning on giving other desktop environments a spin as well?

I’ve used Gnome enough in the past on Ubuntu and Mint to know I prefer KDE4. It just looks so much better, eye candy doesn’t matter to some but when everything else works just fine it’s an extra worth having. I’ve wondered how Mint 8 KDE compares to openSUSE 11.2 though.

I’ve thought about trying Fedora in the past but the bleeding edge-ness puts me off. I want stability to be inevitable not breakages, which is also the problem with Arch.


Search on the OBS for gnome-shell and give the preview a whirl. Just
disable desktop effects logout and you should be able to select via
gdm. There is tilda as well which I prefer over Guake (yakuake) and
medit over gedit.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 2 days 0:13, 2 users, load average: 0.31, 0.29, 0.55
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - CUDA Driver Version: 190.53

Will look at that for sure.

Mint/Ubuntu all a muchness, Mint does work well though. I didn’t try kde there yet. Fedora I have used extensively and it works fine, not so scary as you have been informed. But my one advice would be: Install the video driver manually.

KDE and Gnome, that’ll do me. I have no need to go down the lightweight route

I’ve been running Opensuse GNOME for the past 2 months (always been a KDE fan), after the Akonadi/Nepomuk fiasco in KDE 4.4.x. GNOME is something quite different…a lot more stable and fast. It has less bling, but doesn’t get in your way to get the work done. I like the fact that for my laptop, it has all of the special keys mapped out…so I can easily lock my screen with Fn+F2, hibernate with Fn+F12 etc.

Give the Shiki-Wise theme at Eyecandy for your GNOME-Desktop - a try, you’ll like it…if you like dark themes.

My plan is to give the Black Screen theme a try this weekend and get some housework done. lol!

Although I probably won’t be able to resist having a peek at the net in between chores. :\

I’ve also packaged up GnoMenu
Then there is always avant-window-navigator.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 2 days 4:19, 3 users, load average: 0.16, 0.41, 0.26
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - CUDA Driver Version: 190.53

I liked Gnome a LOT when I tried it on my Sandbox PC. I think I’ve mentioned in other threads that using it changed my desktop outlook a bit, and I went and retuned a number of my KDE desktops as a result of having played with Gnome.

I found its clean simplistic ( ? not sure if thats a good description) presentation a refreshing and enjoyable change from KDE. But its mouse double click requirements DROVE me up the wall, until someone explained to me how to change it to single click. Its YaST implementation of Software Management is truly IMHO subpar, and unacceptable for me. Fortunately one can run the “qt” version of YaST in Gnome, which I did.

In the end though, Gnome’s pulse audio implementation in 11.2 was the end of Gnome on my sandbox PC. It was constantly in need of tuning with my hardware, in order to get things working each time in new applications, which is something I do NOT have to do in KDE. If Gnome can sort their pulse audio problems for more hardware, then IMHO I may consider a move to it, but for now, I plan to avoid Gnome. Maybe after 11.3 is released, I’ll put Gnome back on a sandbox PC. It IS a nice desktop.

One thing I wanted to pontificate a bit on, is the silly attitude many KDE and Gnome users have toward each other’s desktop selection. I note that both xfce and lxde packagers on openSUSE work together, supporting each other’s desktop, so as to make BOTH xfce and lxde better.

Why can’t Gnome and KDE users work together positively, instead of the constant bickering ?? In the past I would just ignore the Gnome vs KDE debates/bickering, but I am finding it difficult to ignore now. Maybe its because I’m a moderator now, or maybe its because I discovered I really like Gnome, but this continued bickering between KDE/Gnome users is starting to annoy me.

I need to find a way to insert a KDE vs Gnome filter and not display such threads!

Good on ya for trying Gnome. In many respects I think it a good desktop.

I must admit, the audio is something I must look at. I did notice no sound when the desktop first started, but I had other priorities. I’ll check it later today.
I held back yesterday morning from starting up the laptop because I know the sound had not been muted and just wasn’t sure if audio was there or not. As it was 3amI didn’t want the rest of the house waking. It’s darn annoying that, same with live CD’s.
I just updated it and installed from my own multi-media guide, with success:)

Audio was a problem for me too. But when i uninstalled Pulse Audio all the problems disappeared. Well i can’t control the volume level from the system tray and i can’t use the muntimedia keys on my keyboard (only on Gnome) but it’s a small price to pay. With pulse i had no problems in Gnome but when i logged in KDE the applications started behaving strange and i had no sound most of the time.
BTW i think openSUSE’s Sonar theme is one of the best themes for Gnome. openSUSE team rulz!lol!

> Pretty slick if you ask me,

The honeymoon isn’t over yet.
Give it a few more days.

Still impressed;)

So what is missing?

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 3 days 20:10, 3 users, load average: 0.19, 0.18, 0.12
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - CUDA Driver Version: 190.53

Actually Malcolm, I was just comparing ssh transfers and Gnome won hands down.
Actually I think there is something wrong in kde4, it’s ultra slow ATM.

It’s getting my serious consideration. I really mean that.

I normally create ssh keys, use ssh-copy-id and then just add bookmarks
in Nautilus to different systems. One of the features I miss when using
KDE is if I right click a src rpm I can’t unzip it… Have you tried
tilda and medit?

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel
up 3 days 23:43, 3 users, load average: 0.85, 0.47, 0.19
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - CUDA Driver Version: 190.53

ssh is working - not a problem, except in kde ATM. But then I’m using factory.
I can’t extract .rpm in kde.
I’ll look at the apps you mention in time. I’m kinda busy ATM.

I used to run Gnome and then defected to KDE4. Loved all the eye candy, the plasmoids, and activities. But I’m seriously considering a return to Gnome as the immaturities of KDE4 are beginning to bug me. First I ignored them, now they are beginning to be cumulative: poor support for dual monitors, the Nepomuk/Strigi fiasco, the usability issues with some key apps which seem to be KDE issues (copy/paste in OOo), lack of PIM syncing with anything other than itself, the vagaries of “activities”, etc, I could go on. I still like the underlying concepts but it will probably be KDE 4.5 until it all become usable in earnest, in a production environment.
Then again, I love Kwin’s built-in effects, and I’m not keen on Compiz. Decisions, decisions…

While I am a KDE fan, and I think Gnome is mostly great, don’t forget there is also Xfce and LXDE.

In particular if one wants a very clean simplistic desktop, then LXDE is difficult to beat in terms of being clean, simple and very light weight.

LXDE is still fairly new to openSUSE, and IMHO still relatively fragile programmatically in that we do not have a large established packager, tester nor user base. We need more volunteers to package, test and just use LXDE.

So kudo’s to caf4926 for using a great Desktop here (Gnome) but I wanted to put a plug in at the same time for an area (LXDE) where we need more user support on openSUSE. In some respects one might consider LXDE the poor (but very fast) minimal cousin of Gnome.

I have been with it for a good few days now and my happiness increases. Someone mentioned sound issues. To the contrary - I have no problem, in fact sound is way better than in KDE. Strange.
USB devices definitely have a better transfer rate as does ssh.
Yes, you loose some of the modernity and glitz of KDE but it is probably a better choice for the user that just want stuff to work. Though having said that, I never have trouble with KDE,except those annoying little things I already mentioned (ssh and usb transfers).
I have had a big foray with winders this week too, Vista and 7. I’m about ready to cry, they drive me nuts. If anyone tells me, winders just works! I’ll say they Lie! It’s rubbish. I digress.

I’ll always have kde running somewhere. But hear this Malcolm! I really like Gnome and I’m planning to use it on my must have working machines. At least that’s the plan. The wife uses one of them, she might not like the games experience in Gnome.

What would you Gnome users say was the best option as a launcher/dock. I currently use a hiding panel in kde4 and the search and launch desktop.