I will admit, the only thing that kept me from jumping on the Unity and Gnome Shell bandwagons at the outset was the prospect of losing my compiz-fusion effects. After all, seeing my uncle messing around with his desktop cube was what had gotten me interested in Linux in the first place!
Compiz brought many new users to Linux and seeing my lovely wobbly windows disappearing pained me deeply (this was a very deep psychological disturbance, as the fluid movement of wobbly windows was very calming and pleasing, especially when I was rather tired or stressed).
To my extreme joy, I found a way to re-enable my desktop cube in a wonderful and informative post over at OmgUbuntu! (you can find the link here), and realized, “Hey, this might work for wobbly!” Unfortunately, in 11.04, enabling wobbly windows pretty much crashes Unity. Ergo, when I installed the Alpha for 11.10, I was all ready to be disappointed. However, after installing 11.04 on my brother’s new/old computer and enabling cube for him, I realized that I hadn’t yet attempted to enable it in my 11.10 installation (which had recently upgraded to the first Beta release). So I opened up Compiz, and followed the same steps as I had before. It was random chance. A simple misclick (wellll, maybe not completely, I forget now). I enabled Wobbly Windows and to my utter jubilation, my wobbly windows were back (I caught it on video! You can see it here). Anyways, my Compiz is back in 11.10, and I’m happy with Unity (read my post about that here.
Gnome Shell was another matter. I first tried out Gnome Shell in my Linux Mint 10 install, way back in March (you can see the video here) I won’t say it was love at first sight – because I forget what I first thought – but I thought it was a pretty cool concept. Why do I like, let alone love Gnome Shell? It is a challenge. It is a complete paradigm shift from the traditional desktop metaphor. It is something that neither Windows nor OS X have ever done, and that is what sets Gnome Shell apart. I may not know my complete Linux history, but this new standard has potential. Gnome Shell isn’t for everybody – and indeed, I’ve seen enough complaints around the web to justify that remark – but a lot of people would also say that this will help bring Linux out to even more people. I for one am all for it, I like being on the forefront of innovation, I revel in the adventure and exhilaration in being the among first to try anything. Gnome Shell has a bright future before it.
This section will be devoted to all the complainers. I am not against criticism, in fact, it is necessary to progress in anything. What is wrong, and what is counterproductive is complaining for the sake of complaining. If one must criticize then please do so! But instead of insulting the end product and the developers, instead try to suggest a way to improve the product. Complaining without having one’s own plan is absurd. It really isn’t right for someone to criticize someone else’s hard work if he or she hasn’t given the same effort. It’s really a slap in the face to developers when their work is belittled. So perhaps, instead of meaningless criticism, how about people make suggestions to better the product instead? Those are my two cents on that matter.
In conclusion, Gnome Shell and Unity may not be for everybody, but I personally cannot wait to see them in the near future. It will be an adventure =)
Now good night! I know, I know, my intro was nonexistent in this post, my bad. But maybe I’ll try to start posting weekly on Sundays. . .