Material Shell – A modern desktop interface for GNOME

(material-shell.com)

641 points | by doesntmeananyth 14 days ago

61 comments

  • generalk 14 days ago

    Trying this out as it's typed. For background: I really want to love tools like i3 or awesome, but I always go back to Gnome because it juts gets stuff done. I liked Gnome 2, I like 3.

    So: just like the site says. Top is the taskbar, which also has a left icon for the current tiling pattern (fullscreen, tiled vertically, etc). The left side panel starts at the top-left with the search button that does the Gnome activities overlay, then a globe icon for each workspace, and a button to create a new workspace. At the bottom of the left panel are the system icons (normally in the upper right in Gnome) and then the clock, crammed into bottom-left.

    So I don't hate the tiling, and one of the layout options is "floating" so you can have a workspace full of floating windows. Cool.

    My first thought was that the panels are too big -- 48px, which seemed overly large. Luckily this is easily configurable in the extension settings, and updates as you change it so there's no guesswork.

    If I switch to floating, or a new workspace, I appear to have no wallpaper behind the windows or the "new workspace" launcher. I liked my wallpaper, and I miss it.

    I was going to complain about the globe icons for the workspaces, but it turns out it only preselected those icons because I have browsers primarily in each workspace. It'll pick based on the first open app (I think?) or you can override the icon by right-clicking, or have it display a group of app icons for the open apps in that workspace. This is cool! It's not quite the thumbnail previews of virtual desktops I had in 2004 with Openbox, but It works well.

    I'll keep on this for a little while -- I really like that I can turn the whole shebang on and off with a single extension toggle.

    • andrepd 14 days ago

      I use cinnamon, for that very reason. Just works, and works well for my use case, is very stable, and I've no wish to learn and configure another desktop paradigm.

      • dheera 13 days ago

        I've been using cinnamon as well but in 20.04 the new mac-ish taskbar that conflates the quick launch favorite apps and running apps in one widget turns me off. Starting to look for alternatives that aren't trying to copy Apple.

        Installed apps and running instances of installed apps are different concepts, damnit, and I don't need a phone-like interface that fakes the idea that all apps are "always running" when they are not.

        • stjohnswarts 13 days ago

          KDE? You would be surprised at how small it's footprint has shrunk, it's as small or smaller than cinnamon now.

          • heavyset_go 13 days ago

            KDE uses less memory than Xfce does.

            • bmn__ 13 days ago

              > KDE uses less memory than Xfce does.

              KDE user here. What you say is false. Xfce is quite primitive in comparison, it has a miniscule amount of features and hence gets away with using less memory. Observational data:

                  3570M kwin_x11 (window manager)
                  2512M plasmashell (task panel)
                  1411M krunner (application launcher)
                   895M kded5 (?)
                   532M kactivitymanagerd (multiple desktops)
                   422M polkit-kde-authentication-agent-1 (?) 
                   389M org_kde_powerdevil (energy settings)
                   352M kdeconnectd (use mobile phone as remote control)
                   220M xembedsniproxy (make tray icons work)
                   277M kaccess (accessibility keys?)
                   277M ksmserver (?)
                   276M plasma-browser-integration-host (Firefox can show desktop notifications)
                   276M kwalletd (password manager)
                   265M klauncher (?)
                   265M kglobalaccel5 (global keyboard combos)
                   213M kscreen_backend_launcher (changing screen orientation and resolution?)
                   153M kio_http_cache_cleaner (?)
                   101M kdeinit5 (?)
                   101M file.so [kdeinit5] file local:/run/user/1000/klauncherXHvFxc.1.slave-socket (?)
                    69M kdesud (caches sudo password)
                     7M xsettingsd (apply colour scheme to Gnome applications)
                     2M start_kdeinit (?)
              
              On top of that, some applications for comparison:

                  2805M ktorrent (file sharing)
                   694M konsole (terminal)
                   402M kate (text editor)
              
              ----

                   570M xfce4-appfinder
                   332M tumblerd (makes thumbnail images)
                   331M Thunar (file manager)
                   283M xfdesktop 
                   266M xfce4-panel
                   260M xfce4-session
                   251M xfce4-notifyd
                   223M xfconfd
                   220M xfwm4
                   205M xfce4-screensaver
                   190M xfsettingsd
                   188M wrapper-2.0 /usr/lib64/xfce4/panel/plugins/libactions.so
                   186M wrapper-2.0 /usr/lib64/xfce4/panel/plugins/libsystray.so
                   179M xfce4-power-manager
                   
              On top of that, some applications for comparison:

                  411M mousepad (text editor)
                  363M xfce4-terminal (terminal)
              
              ----

              KDE really has become very bloated. First of all, I cannot uninstall any part of that huge list with the exception of kdeconnectd (don't want/need) or plasma-browser-integration-host (maybe want/need); AFAICT this problem is existing, but not at all pronounced in Xfce.

              Due to lazy design choices by the responsible programmers, KDE fails to scale properly down to the user's circumstances or preferences.

              • I do not have multiple desktops configured, yet I must spend 532M

              • My computer chassis only has a power button that does something in the desktop environment when triggered, and any power saving settings are off, yet I must spend 389M for that

              • I do not have any of the five accessibility features enabled, yet I must spend 277M

              • I have only one monitor attached, yet I must spend 213M listening for an additional

              Then there are many initialisation processes hanging around after the desktop environment has already started. Xfce does not have this problem.

              A lot of the processes I cannot even identify in the sense of telling what use they are to me.

              Some processes exist only due to their own doing where the responsible programmers painted themselves into a corner (like with the tray icons fiasco), or no one competent stepped in and stopped the submission of a solution that has a simple and superior equivalent.

              • Why is there a 153M cache cleaner hanging around resident in memory? This is a job for periodic timer (cron/systemd). Even if real-time cleaning is needed for some bizarre reason, then one would attach an inotify listener to the cache directory, and every time a file is added or changed, a small <1M process executes that calculates the diskspace in use, and only when we are over the threshold, then execute the big cleaning process. Exit the process when done.

              • Why is there a daemon for applying the colour scheme? I mean, it's only 7M, but this used to be a checkbox in the settings dialogue.

              • heavyset_go 13 days ago

                You're looking at virtual memory and not resident memory. I've never had KDE take up 3.5GB of memory on a machine with 4GB, 8GB or 32GB of memory. Right now, kwin_x11 occupies 110MB of resident memory on my machine while claiming 3.4GB of virtual memory. Similarly, konsole occupies 54MB of resident memory and 928MB of virtual memory on my machine.

                Virtual memory[1] is not at all the same thing as resident memory[2].

                I've experienced similar amounts of memory usage to the stats in this article when it comes to KDE vs Xfce memory usage[3].

                [1] https://linuxconfig.org/ps-output-difference-between-vsz-vs-...

                [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_set_size

                [3] https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/10/23/bold-...

                • bmn__ 12 days ago

                  > You're looking at virtual memory and not resident memory.

                  That does not change anything in the conclusion.

                        685M kwin_x11
                        417M plasmashell
                        161M krunner
                      74820k kded5
                      58612k kdeconnectd
                      53368k polkit-kde-authentication-agent-1
                      52460k ksmserver
                      50364k kaccess
                      49488k plasma-browser-integration-host
                      48568k kwalletd
                      44268k kglobalaccel5
                      44044k org_kde_powerdevil
                      44020k klauncher
                      40384k kactivitymanagerd
                      26068k kdeinit5
                      24432k xembedsniproxy
                      21508k kscreen_backend_launcher
                      18964k file.so [kdeinit5] file local:/run/user/1000/klauncherwpWDlK.1.slave-socket
                      11672k kio_http_cache_cleaner
                       3984k kdesud
                       3652k xsettingsd
                         96k start_kdeinit
                      
                        144M kate
                      96464k konsole
                      
                  ----

                      73828k xfdesktop
                      59788k xfwm4
                      44508k xfce4-screensaver
                      38552k xfce4-appfinder
                      36260k xfce4-panel
                      29392k xfce4-session
                      29216k wrapper-2.0 /usr/lib64/xfce4/panel/plugins/libactions.so
                      27156k wrapper-2.0 /usr/lib64/xfce4/panel/plugins/libsystray.so
                      27064k Thunar
                      25284k xfsettingsd
                      25284k xfsettingsd
                      25140k tumblerd
                      17656k xfce4-notifyd
                      15248k xfce4-power-manager
                       5880k xfconfd
                      
                      54492k mousepad
                      51244k xfce4-terminal
                     
                  The findings from the article are non-reproducible, too. When I run the desktop environments with a text editor and terminal each, `free -h` reports a clear difference in the "used" column:

                      KDE 5.19.4:   1.2Gi
                      Xfce 4.14.5:  521Mi
          • andrepd 13 days ago

            1. It's not a mac-ish taskbar, if anything it's a Windows 7-ish taskbar. If they're trying to chase new trends they're 11 years late ;)

            2. You can disable that feature and use old-style taskbar. In fact it's a prominent toggle in the first-run config window.

          • noir_lord 14 days ago

            Lack of Wayland support is the single thing I have wish it had.

            Gnome is so smooth on Nvidia in comparison but in every other way I prefer and still use cinnamon

            • croh 13 days ago

              Cinnamon with Mint is very stable and tuned, very good to get job done. It has very low cpu consumption. I don't know why but gnome always eats lots of resources. Plus this very old famous bug, keep me away from gnome-shell for good.

              https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=733297

              • BearOso 12 days ago

                > Cinnamon with Mint is very stable and tuned

                Unfortunately not. Muffin, the compositor is based on a really old version of Mutter, and it’s missing a lot of performance work and fixes that make latency lower and output less likely to hitch, hidpi works better, etc. They need to just drop their fork and use the upstream version. They haven’t added anything significant to Muffin to justify keeping it—-the differences to gnome are done with other packages.

                • einpoklum 13 days ago

                  Nitpick: Mint (the distribution) uses Cinnamon as one of the options for a desktop environment.

                • greendude29 13 days ago

                  Hmm, interesting.

                  I user Gnome on Nvidia, but use the open drivers since Nvidia was difficult to get to a stable state.

                  Did you just install the nvidia drivers from your OS's repo or get them directly from Nvidia?

                  NB: The free drivers are working splendidly by the way

                  • orestarod 13 days ago

                    The free drivers work in the sense that you get a working desktop. But by no means can you get good performance on something that puts something other than light burden to your card. Nvidia gives no clues as to how to implement clock boost over the minimum base frequency in driver, so the free driver only uses the minimum available computing power, enough to get the desktop running.

                    • noir_lord 13 days ago

                      akmod-nvidia because it just works on a 2080.

                  • stjohnswarts 13 days ago

                    same here. the 4 quadrants limited tiling works pretty well. Sometimes switch over to KDE as well just to have a change of pace but unsurprisingly it works a lot like cinnamon, just with a lot more options that I dont' really change from the default :)

                  • phkahler 14 days ago

                    Thanks for pointing out that it supports floating windows. I use a 55" 4k monitor so I manually lay out my app windows and would hate tiling (only rarely used stuff goes up top and I drag those down when needed). I use and like gnome but there are a few thing I hate about it so I'll give this a try.

                    • ebiester 14 days ago

                      Tiling people would create a group up on the top. When you want to bring it down, it's just a keyboard command away.

                      After going back to mac (for work reasons), It's been a painful experience adjusting to the lack of tiling.

                      • confounded 14 days ago

                        > After going back to mac (for work reasons), It's been a painful experience adjusting to the lack of tiling.

                        Same situation, I use ‘yabai’ on macos, which is similar enough to i3 for me.

                        • dashwav 14 days ago

                          Yabai (https://github.com/koekeishiya/yabai) and skhd (https://github.com/koekeishiya/skhd) together makes a very powerful combination that works extremely well. It's as close to i3 as you can get on MacOS, and outside of a few odd things with 3 monitors I haven't run into any issues.

                          Yabai is actually the second iteration of tiling windows that koekeishiya has made and it's super well developed.

                          • whoisburbansky 14 days ago

                            Seconding this; the only thing I miss from i3 is the fact that yabai almost by definition can't be better integrated with the OS, so there's a slight increase in latency that's barely perceptible but enough to make me notice how much zippier my Linux boxes + i3 are. Small price to pay for how much more comfortable they make me on macOS, though.

                        • michaelsbradley 14 days ago

                          Tiling isn't particularly difficult to implement on macOS with e.g. Phoenix:

                          https://github.com/kasper/phoenix/

                          I hacked something together several+ years ago (see below) based on someone else's config, and I've maybe edited it twice since then, so it likely can be substantially improved. Also, I'm sure it's not as slick as a true tiling manager, but I've certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of it:

                          https://gist.github.com/michaelsbradleyjr/a8ef81982420d06118...

                          • hobofan 13 days ago

                            No need to implement anything at all, as Amethyst[0] already provides a pretty good tiling WM. It's so easy to setup that even some of my not-so-techy friends started using it.

                            [0]: https://github.com/ianyh/Amethyst

                            • miker64 13 days ago

                              Amethyst is pretty nice, though I find I have to restart it once a day at least because it loses an app or two over time.

                            • stjohnswarts 13 days ago

                              The Tiles app works fine for me. Usually i have floating windows but sometimes I need tiling and I use Tiles for that.

                          • ycombinete 14 days ago

                            how far away from the screen do you sit?

                            • phkahler 13 days ago

                              Looks like between 2 and 3 feet - closer to 2. I use the huge monitor like the virtual desktop - we've all heard the metaphore but don't really use it. Spreading things out left to right is fine, but I don't like to tilt my head to look up (I have progressive lenses so that's worse for me than younger people), so the top is - like further away areas of a desk - where I shove things I don't need right now but want nearby. So if you're wondering how I can see the whole thing up close the answer is that I don't need to or try to. I might roll my chair back a bit if I want to watch a full-screen video.

                              • ycombinete 13 days ago

                                That’s an interesting approach. I can picture the system quite vividly.

                                You’ll probably use 100% scaling?

                          • Naac 13 days ago

                            I would check out Regolith[0]. It's i3 on top of gnome, so you get the best of both worlds. It's available as a distro or an Ubuntu PPA.

                            [0] https://regolith-linux.org/

                            • nyolfen 13 days ago

                              i switched to regolith a few months ago on my desktop and +1 this; convenient defaults that are relatively close to what i previously built up on my own, and overall a nice preconfig for i3+rofi. the only real tweak it needs out of the box is enabling tray icons.

                            • danans 14 days ago

                              > I really want to love tools like i3 or awesome, but I always go back to Gnome because it juts gets stuff done. I liked Gnome 2, I like 3

                              My approach is to use the window manager best suited for the task, but all at the same time.

                              That means for my highly structured multi-desktop, multi-git-workspace programming tasks I use i3, which is ideal for those.

                              However for my less structured tasks like writing or consuming documentation, email, and personal web browsing, I use a more conventional, less constrained desktop environment (i.e gnome), which is more ideally suited for those tasks.

                              If I'm willing to abuse the term window manager a little further, Vim running inside i3 serves as a third window management environment I run in parallel, optimized specifically for code editing.

                              The trick is that I use i3 in its own separate Linux desktop window (In my case running on a remote machine, but you could just as well do this running in a local VM). this allows me to have both environment successful on the same screen at the same time.

                              This also has the added benefit of making it very easy to find my code editing window among the tons of other windows I have open.

                              • cflewis 14 days ago

                                How do you access the Material Shell settings? I can't find them _anywhere_.

                                • globuous 13 days ago

                                  Open up gnome tweak tool, go in the extensions tab, and on the "material shell", there is a little cog next to the switch. Click on it and there you have the available configuration options made available. Actually, this is how you can configure most shell extensions ;)

                              • yrro 14 days ago

                                I find the app-based window navigation in vanilla GNOME 3 rather frustrating, and try as I might, I just can't get comfortable navigating between what I think of as applications.

                                This is because I have a few applications (Firefox, Terminal) that are really not applications in and of themselves; the applications are really Outlook, JIRA, Confluence, Slack, OpenShift (logged in as cluster admin), OpenShift (logged in as my regular user), that quick terminal session I opened to work on a script, the SSH connection to an OpenStack director, the 'oc rsh' command that I'm using to administrate a PostgreSQL database running in OpenShift, and so on.

                                This becomes far worse when using multiple monitors. Say I have teams hanging around on my secondary monitor to keep an eye on stuff. I literally just now alt-tabbed into a terminal and then alt-tabbed back to continue writing this comment. As a result, I'm back in Firefox on my primary monitor (as expected) but now I have an unwanted random Firefox window that I forgot was even open on top of Teams on my secondary monitor!

                                The only window manager I've ever been at home with while using multiple applications, workspaces and monitors has been i3. Specifically I love how it manages multiple monitors in that each has a current workspace, but workspaces are not bound to a particular monitor. So I was able to have my secondary monitor always showing my 'Slack and email' workspace, and switch between my multiple task-based workspaces on my primary monitor and never get confused like I with GNOME where I want to switch to my email tab but to get there I have to remember ahead of time that I have to switch to my first workspace, then switch applications to Firefox, then switch windows to the one with Outlook in it, and finally switch to the Outlook tab...

                                Anyway. This project looks awesome and I will try it out!

                                • bobince 14 days ago

                                  Very this.

                                  My mind is not app-centric. I want the shell where I'm looking at logs, the editor where I'm taking notes, the browser where I'm checking some doc. I don't care to think about which terminal application the shell is inside, select that, then find I've opened a different terminal window and have to search through the windows separately. I don't care whether the doc is loaded in Firefox or Chromium so don't ask me to choose based on that.

                                  IMO app-centric task switching works much, much less effectively than window-centric task switching; I hate that all the major DEs have copied the same basic app-based dock design that has been failing in obvious ways since day one.

                                  (Although Windows can at least configure grouping away, and there's the dash-to-panel extension to make GNOME tolerable again.)

                                  I get that an app-centric view is attractive to app developers, who would love me to be engaging with their brand. And that mobile has its own reasons for putting apps in silos. Does nothing for me as a desktop user though.

                                  • Symbiote 14 days ago

                                    I miss an older KDE feature, which was custom tabbed windows. You could easily Alt+Tab between windows, and then use another shortcut to move between tabs.

                                    https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/archive/kde44...

                                    That way, I could put the service logs/terminal on one side, and the IDE and e.g. running website in another window.

                                    You can get this with i3 or any other tiling window manager, but I found too many cases of odd behaviour with i3 and gave up on it.

                                    • slipheen 13 days ago

                                      fwiw, this (Material Shell) feels very similar to that.

                                      I can have a tab for Thunderbird, Slack, and Jira in my "Communication" workspace, and Meta-A/Meta-D to swap between them.

                                      Each has a little tab in the top bar that highlights the currently selected tab.

                                    • transpostmeta 14 days ago

                                      It's interesting. Microsoft agreed with this philosophy and fought tooth and nail against tabbing in browsers, opting instead that each browser tab be it's own window and accessible from the task bar. After all other browsers had switched, they were forced to introduce that in IE as well.

                                      The worst offender here is OSX. I still haven't figured out a good way to switch between multiple open windows of the same application, not even the file explorer (Finder). It's a huge pain.

                                      • michaelmrose 14 days ago

                                        They were wrong. Emphatically. Ridiculously wrong. Remember for context that virtually nobody was using virtual desktops for windows as it not part of the UI unless you installed it and it sucked besides. Also remember most people's internet was very very slow. Screens were also not that big. Not that they are much bigger now with everyone using laptops.

                                        Grouping related windows in the task bar makes it frustrating to use it because everything involves multiple clicks. Once you got beyond a certain number of apps the task bar sucked without grouping because there wasn't enough text to display a long enough label to distinguish between windows.

                                        When something takes a long time to load you are incentivized to create a new tab if you might want to come back to that resource rather than waiting for it to load again. This absolutely incentivizes using multiple tabs. If you have 8-12 browser windows + 2 or 3 other windows you are already past the threshold where you have to group windows in the task bar to use it and are now changing tabs by moving your mouse at the way to the bottom of the screen clicking on the browser icon and then hunting for the desired text then clicking again. This is in a word annoying.

                                        if your browser supports tabs you can have 2-3 other windows and 2 browser windows and use an ungrouped taskbar. You can also hit one hotkey to open a new tab or use in browser tab switching in place of all desktop window switching to switch between several. This is much much much better.

                                        Even if all other sins were removed the browser tabs represent a logical grouping and additional context that would be lost with just windows.

                                        I can close them as a group I can book mark them as a group I can save them for later perusal as a group. I can use a side tab extension to more easily switch between a large number of tabs. I can right click on a link and open several links in the background without changing my current context.

                                        They designed a user interface that was only useful for grandma opening 1 browser window at a time and maybe 2 apps at a time.

                                        • stormbrew 14 days ago

                                          They weren't wrong, they just did an awful job of making it so individual apps wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel to get tabs. There's no reason browsers should have to implement it themselves or that other apps shouldn't be able to have the same semantics.

                                          Ironically the pieces were there with MDI but that was also a bad implementation of the same semantic concept.

                                          For whatever reason, only tiling wms like i3 have ever really delivered at all on the concept of making tabbing a universal thing.

                                          • michaelmrose 14 days ago

                                            I still use tabs in apps despite using i3 for years. This firefox window has 13 tabs and would be much much crappier if I used 13 i3 tabs.

                                            I couldn't open new firefox windows in the background and opening others in the foreground within firefox.

                                            I would have to use i3's horizontal tabs instead of tree style tabs making it harder to read the titles.

                                            I couldn't switch tabs separately from switching windows. This would make having firefox alongside another window suck because it would trivially become hard to navigate. I would have to manually put only the firefox windows in a tabbed layout with the other window outside of it. I would have to focus parent and then focus direction to switch to the other. This would be so for any window I want to use alongside it even briefly.

                                            I couldn't close entire trees of tabs at once. I couldn't close everything except the current tree.

                                            I couldn't save a particular set of tabs as a session to be restored later.

                                            In theory could these features be implemented in an i3 specific nature? Perhaps so long as you are willing to do so for every specific environment and for every individual app.

                                            If we pick 100 apps and the most popular 10 environments and the most desired 10 features we will find we only have 10,000 tasks ahead of us!

                                            Tabbed environments within i3 ARE useful but not as a replacement for tabbed interfaces within applications.

                                            • stormbrew 13 days ago

                                              I didn't say they delivered perfectly either; i3's minimalistic nature isn't really well suited to a holistic approach to tabbing, either. I just said that it delivers on the concept at all.

                                              My frustration, fundamentally, is that I don't want every app that wants to use some kind of tabbing interface to be different. Use different shortcuts, different models. I would rather the WM/DE provide a holistic approach that can be inclusive of all or at least most of the basic needs you keep listing, and that could be applied to other programs in a uniform way.

                                              That's beyond the imagination of Microsoft apparently (I agree that just making taskbar items clump isn't the same), and beyond the scope of an x11 WM (which doesn't have any meaningful say over the client area of any program on its own). But it's not impossible, and it's not "the wrong way" just because no one's tried or managed to do it yet.

                                              • michaelmrose 13 days ago

                                                Its implicitly the wrong way because firefox tabs aren't emacs tabs which aren't vs code tabs which aren't i3 tabs.

                                                It's not merely that i3 tabs lack features its that it lacks and ought to lack deep integration with the application.

                                            • pseudalopex 13 days ago

                                              Haiku has stackable tabs instead of title bars.[1] KDE used to let you group windows as tabs.[2] Microsoft experimented with it.[3]

                                              [1] https://www.haiku-os.org/docs/userguide/en/gui.html#stack-ti...

                                              [2] https://superuser.com/questions/848840/triggering-kdes-attac...

                                              [3] https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10s-sets-feature-is-go...

                                              • GekkePrutser 13 days ago

                                                Oh yes MDI was horribly bad. Window management within other windows... Ugh.

                                            • ctrlrsf 14 days ago

                                              Just press Command-` to switch between windows of the same application. Command-Tab to switch between windows of other applications.

                                              • kilburn 14 days ago

                                                Note that on a US keyboard the ` (backtick) key is the one right below ESC.

                                                If you have the keyboard in another locale (I use ES-intl) that hotkey doesn't make any sense at all: ` is next to "p" in my keyboard, and works only as a dead key. Cmd-` is literally impossible to use on it.

                                                If you are in this situation, do yourself a favor and remap the "move focus to next window" hotkey [1]. It is very useful and I couldn't live without it now.

                                                [1] https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/280220/how-to-chan...

                                                • emidln 13 days ago

                                                  ` (backtick) is also right above tab. On a US keyboard, this makes Cmd+Tab switch apps and Cmd+` switch windows of an app.

                                                  It's probably worth noting that the defaults remain on common Linux (at least KDE, GNOME, and Cinnamon) and Windows desktop shells with Alt instead of Cmd.

                                                  On Linux, Windows, and OSX, adding Shift cycles in reverse order.

                                                • symlinkk 14 days ago

                                                  Weirdly enough this doesn't work when apps are in full screen mode, which Apple has been pushing lately.

                                                  • zelos 13 days ago

                                                    Or Ctrl-Down to get Mission Control (Exposé) for the current application's windows only

                                                    • Jtsummers 14 days ago

                                                      I got so used to this I made M-` switch between frames in emacs on Windows (work environment).

                                                    • RussianCow 13 days ago

                                                      > The worst offender here is OSX. I still haven't figured out a good way to switch between multiple open windows of the same application, not even the file explorer (Finder).

                                                      I use HyperSwitch[0] on macOS to solve this issue. I use it to override the default Cmd+Tab behavior to cycle through windows on the current desktop. It's become one of the first things I install on a new machine.

                                                      [0]: https://bahoom.com/hyperswitch

                                                      • pixel_fcker 13 days ago

                                                        Cmd-~

                                                        • RussianCow 13 days ago

                                                          This only works if you already have the relevant app focused, which is an additional piece of state that I shouldn't need to keep in my mental stack.

                                                      • choosegoose 14 days ago

                                                        I've found https://contexts.co/ to be the best solution for OSX. It wont let you ⌘+tab through the browser tabs but if you have multiple windows of the browser open you can see them individually.

                                                        • rewgs 13 days ago

                                                          Cmd+tab for apps, cmd+` for apps' windows.

                                                          • giantrobot 13 days ago

                                                            Cmd+` will tab between windows of the current application.

                                                          • Angeo34 13 days ago

                                                            So how do you solve this on other Desktops? Do you use the window previews or is there any other way? Because Windows and Mac both only show icons as well and Youd have to look at the names or previews of the Windows to know exactly which one you'd want. The grouping of applications can be disabled in gnome tweak

                                                            • waz0wski 13 days ago

                                                              If you're on OSX, try using https://contexts.co for your switcher, and https://www.alfredapp.com for your launcher

                                                              Contexts gives additional 'switching' options on different hotkeys, fuzzy window searching+selection, history-based selection, and no mouse interaction required (but it is supported)

                                                              I dedicate spaces to tasks, eg communications, monitoring, and 3-4 development task spaces with tools/docs/terminals

                                                              I have Contexts setup as follows:

                                                                  cmd-tab: cycle thru all visible windows of all apps on current space
                                                                  opt-tab: cycle thru all windows of all apps on all spaces (include hidden/minimized)
                                                              
                                                              
                                                                  cmd-~: cycle thru all windows of focused app on current space (include hidden/minimized)
                                                                  opt-~: cycle all windows of focused app on all spaces (include hidden/minimized)
                                                              
                                                              
                                                                  cmd-space: activate Alfred
                                                                  opt-space: search/activate of all running apps on all spaces
                                                              
                                                              
                                                              Alfred then allows you to add effectively anything you can script/applescript for additional workflows and a complete, keyboard-driven navigation/switching experience, and total deprecation of the slow 10.7+ mission control gui

                                                              I also use Totalspaces (https://totalspaces.binaryage.com/) to give a 'grid view' spaces overview & manage app-space pinning, Stay (https://cordlessdog.com/stay/) to manage static window placement & sizing, and Sizeup (https://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/sizeup/) for dynamic window movement

                                                              • a1369209993 13 days ago

                                                                Each logical application (eg HN or ssh-to-example.com, not firefox or terminal) is in a separate window. The window list at the bottom of the screen shows a list of which windows (not physical applications) exist, and then I click on the window(-list-entry) button thingy for the (logical, not physical) application I want.

                                                                > Because Windows and Mac both only show icons as well

                                                                Windows (version Vista or worse, because this definitely wasn't a problem in XP) and Mac are defective by design then.

                                                            • dkersten 14 days ago

                                                              I recently switched to Sway because gnomes workspaces annoyed me too much. Let me choose a workspace independently on each monitor please! On i3 I was getting really bad screen tearing, even with conpton/picom otherwise I’d have just used that, but Sway/Wayland has no such problems.

                                                              Sadly a few things don’t work so well in Wayland. For example, Windows games under Proton work fine on X but not on Wayland/Xwayland (I guess since they’re not Wayland aware they can’t bypass the compositor?)

                                                              So, I too will try this project out as it looks like it may be a nice middleground where I can be productive in gnome on X.

                                                              • shock 14 days ago

                                                                Maybe you would find PaperWM useful. You can move workspaces among different monitors seamlessly.

                                                                • dkersten 13 days ago

                                                                  Thanks! I'll give it a try. It looks like it might help.

                                                                  In general, I'm happy with Sway, but it would be nice to have an X option that works for my workflow too (gnome doesn't seem to have the screen tearing issues i3 did).

                                                                • ews 13 days ago

                                                                  Same, after years of X/i3 tearing and unsuccessfully tweaking compton, I switched to sway/wayland on arch and couldn't be happier.

                                                                  • mijoharas 12 days ago

                                                                    The only thing I find annoying is the lack of screen sharing on zoom. Zoom claims they support wayland on arch, but unless I made a mistake or something, that's just not true.

                                                                    Some wine things don't work properly too, which is somewhat annoying, but I only have one wine application I run very rarely, so it's not too onerous to boot back into i3 for that.

                                                                  • dekimir 14 days ago

                                                                    Another annoying breakage in Sway is Android Studio. Submenus appear in random places on the screen even with _JAVA_AWT_WM_NONREPARENTING=1.

                                                                    • dkersten 14 days ago

                                                                      Oh, yeah, I did notice some glitches with Java applications like DBeaver.

                                                                  • vladvasiliu 14 days ago

                                                                    You can kind of implement this in Gnome 3 by putting windows that go together on a workspace, the same way you do in i3. Hoewever, using workspaces in Gnome never felt as fluid as it does in i3.

                                                                    • INTPenis 14 days ago

                                                                      It rarely affects me. I'd say 99% of my time in Gnome is spent in either Firefox or terminal.

                                                                      Suddenly I'll need a program so I hit windows key, type in the start of the program name, and smash the Enter key. It's super simple. What's the problem?

                                                                      • esclerofilo 13 days ago

                                                                        Did you read the comment? What do you do when you have multiple windows of the same app? Do you write the name of said program and then Alt-backtick until you get to the correct window? Wouldn't it be better to have your windows grouped in a way more related to their purpose than to the app?

                                                                        For example, say you're doing something (eg programming) that requires both the browser and the terminal. While you're at that, you want to do something that also requires both the browser and terminal (eg checking something in a terminal-based todo app to reply something to your coworkers in a web based chat app). Assuming you leave these things open, you now have to do 2 switches (app switch+tab/window switch) to get to whatever you're looking for in the worst case, 1.5 switches on average.

                                                                        • INTPenis 13 days ago

                                                                          No I misunderstood the comment completely.

                                                                          Talking about switching between programs, yes I thought that was a bit weird in the beginning but it came up so rarely that I eventually learned the habit of using alt+§ (on swedish layout). It's not so bad since the key is right above Tab.

                                                                        • Angeo34 13 days ago

                                                                          People don't get that Gnome is simply a new paradigm that is far superior to everything else. It's so easy to manage Windows just by hitting super you have everything at your disposal.

                                                                          It's boomers complaining of change genuinely.

                                                                          • PaulDavisThe1st 13 days ago

                                                                            Maybe if your screen real estate is limited (e.g. laptop) that is true.

                                                                            I work on 3 monitors; two of them are 1920x1200, the third is a 40" 4K "TV". Nothing about the Gnome model is useful to me. I appreciate that my setup is unusual, and that I do sometimes find myself on a laptop. But I prefer to keep the paradigms consistent, and so 5 named workspaces at all times, thank you very much. I never move windows between workspaces. All of the windows in a given workspace are visible at all times.

                                                                            And yes, boomer.

                                                                        • silon42 14 days ago

                                                                          >I find the app-based window navigation in vanilla GNOME 3 rather frustrating, and try as I might, I just can't get comfortable navigating between what I think of as applications.

                                                                          Same here. Gone from GNOME because of this.

                                                                          • mleonhard 12 days ago

                                                                            I stopped using multiple monitors because managing windows across them is difficult. Now i use a single large monitor.

                                                                            I wish a company would make a good portable computer to fit my work style:

                                                                            - tall 20" x 12" matte screen with built-in stand to raise it up to eye level

                                                                            - detachable corded tenting keyboard

                                                                            - detachable corded tenting vertical mouse

                                                                            - hot-swappable battery with various weights available

                                                                            - thin 20-foot power cable with magnetic release on both ends

                                                                            - vertical docking station with battery charge-level indicator

                                                                          • boogies 14 days ago

                                                                            Doesn’t GNOME at least have a setting to change alt-tab to window- instead of app-based?

                                                                            • skeletal88 14 days ago

                                                                              It does, but the fact that the default is so braindead and annoying, and that I have to configure it to make it usable, is well.. very annoying. Like, why would they think that it is a good idea? No other desktop does this.

                                                                              • Symbiote 14 days ago

                                                                                Isn't Gnome just copying Mac OS X?

                                                                                Cmd+Tab switches between applications, and Cmd+~ switches between windows of the current application.

                                                                                • minkiu 12 days ago

                                                                                  Just checked, and the equivalent of Cmd+~ on GNOME is Cmd+`.

                                                                                  That said, I rarely use Cmd+Tab anymore, I just move the mouse to the top left corner and pick, now that screen could use some UX improvements (i.e. hotkeys for the apps, and maybe grouping, since when you have a lot of open apps, it is hard to find what you are looking for).

                                                                              • spiffytech 14 days ago

                                                                                It does, but e.g. on Ubuntu you have to install an extra configurator tool to access that setting.

                                                                                • tadfisher 13 days ago

                                                                                  This is incorrect; you can rebind the shell's keyboard shortcuts in Settings -> Keyboard Shortcuts. There are entries for "Switch applications", "Switch windows of an application", and "Switch windows of an app directly"; you want to switch the two that are bound to "Alt+Tab" and "Alt+`".

                                                                                  • young_unixer 14 days ago

                                                                                    Without tweak tool, Gnome shell is unusable.

                                                                                    • giantrobot 13 days ago

                                                                                      Without tweak tool and several plugins Gnome shell is unusable for me. Unfortunately Gnome shell plugins tend to see zero maintenance so they regularly break with new versions of Gnome shell. I fucking hate that DE.

                                                                                • callamdelaney 14 days ago

                                                                                  Perhaps as a slight work around for gnome-3 users. I use workspaces across two monitors with the `window list` extension. To address your 'X window is not in Y workspace issue' you can assign a hotkey in gnome to move the currently active window up or down a workspace.

                                                                                  So I have ctrl-alt-shift-up and ctrl-alt-shift-down bound to move windows up and down.

                                                                                  • dyingkneepad 14 days ago

                                                                                    "Use this gnome 3 extension" is never the answer to work around gnome 3 problems: in my experience extensions either don't work or stop working at the first 'apt-get update' you do, or just consume like 40 gigs of memory if left running for a week. Extensions are the devs way of saying "we don't care about you, but we're going to pretend to care by allowing you to write software that we're going to break".

                                                                                    • Angeo34 13 days ago

                                                                                      Yes it actually is the answer because that's the design paradigm of gnome. You get a basic shell that implements Red Hats vision and everything that you find missing/don't like is what extensions are for.

                                                                                      • dyingkneepad 13 days ago

                                                                                        Except that extensions will inevitably blow up in your face and then you're going to migrate elsewhere anyway?

                                                                                  • xorcist 13 days ago

                                                                                    You can bind back alt-tab to switch-window:

                                                                                      gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications '[]'
                                                                                      gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-windows '["<Alt>Tab"]'
                                                                                    
                                                                                    There are more settings like that which you can find in the manual, or from other frustrated users.

                                                                                    These settings seem to be stored in a binary format so the resulting rc-files can not easily be commited to git. I keep a dozen lines like the above in a script I run on any new gnome-like desktop to make it somewhat sane.

                                                                                    • minkiu 12 days ago

                                                                                      You can do it from Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts.

                                                                                    • Angeo34 13 days ago

                                                                                      There's a config for that in the tweak tool. It makes secondary monitor workspaces static. It's not exactly what you want but it gets kinda close for me. Wayland does away with the shitty X conventions so maybe there is hope once X finally dies.

                                                                                      • robinoh 14 days ago

                                                                                        > As a result, I'm back in Firefox on my primary monitor (as expected) but now I have an unwanted random Firefox window that I forgot was even open on top of Teams on my secondary monitor!

                                                                                        The idea here is to also use the tilde while alt-tabbing. Also shift comes in handy to wheel back through the applications.

                                                                                        • yrro 14 days ago

                                                                                          Please note that I never selected this random Firefox window. I wasn't even aware that it was open.

                                                                                          The problem is that when I tabbed back to Firefox, all Firefox windows on all monitors were raised.

                                                                                          And if you expect me to Alt-Tab to terminal, and then remember to use a _different_ keyboard shortcut, that is now no longer so short because I need to holt alt, press tab, release tab and keep holding alt while then pressing ` until the window with Hacker News is selected then... no way pal I'm not even going to go there, this is madness!

                                                                                      • pimlottc 14 days ago

                                                                                        The word "modern" is really overused in tech, and it doesn't really tell you all that much, just that "this is better because it's new, and new stuff is better than old stuff".

                                                                                        Consider a more descriptive word, such as: - minimal - streamlined - sleek - simple - opinionated - spatial - comprehensive

                                                                                        etc...

                                                                                        • arendtio 14 days ago

                                                                                          How about providing an explanation for those words?

                                                                                          - minimal: limited features set aka either you like it in 10 seconds or you don't

                                                                                          - streamlined: good looking?!?

                                                                                          - sleek: combination of streamlined and minimal?

                                                                                          - simple: IMO even more overused than 'modern' and as diverse in its meaning

                                                                                          - opinionated: There is exactly one way of doing it right and either you like it or you don't, but it might come with an extensive feature set compared to minimal.

                                                                                          - spatial: no idea; Endless space? 3D? Depending on my geolocation?!?

                                                                                          - comprehensive: 'Oh, I have to learn something, but not too much'

                                                                                          Modern, on the other hand, means to me: Mainstream look & feel (kinda polished) and with considerable feature set.

                                                                                          Whats your definition?

                                                                                          • heisenzombie 13 days ago

                                                                                            "Spatial" is, I think, a term of art. It refers to conceptual objects in the software having a 1:1 correspondence with a UI element with a single, stable location.

                                                                                            The metaphor is with the real world: If a put an object somewhere, it stays there. My notebook is in the front-right corner of my desk and nowhere else.

                                                                                            Notably, the "Finder" application in Mac OS used to be spatial. Opening a folder opened a window, and that window would be exactly where it was the last time you opened that folder. Conceptually, the window is the folder.

                                                                                            Here's an article about it from John Siracusa, who is a proponent of spatial interfaces: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2003/04/finder/3/

                                                                                            • valenciarose 13 days ago

                                                                                              Aesthetic evolution is a fact in user interfaces as much as it is in other functional objects like automobiles, furniture, and architecture. Priorities in trade-offs between things like information density and rapid visual navigation are also subject to this kind of change. Part of that evolution is influenced by technical context, such as what has become possible or practical that wasn’t before. Part of that evolution is influenced by cultural context, including both art and the aesthetics of physical objects (or software). Successful UI in Japan is strikingly different than it is elsewhere, even allowing for differences in language.

                                                                                              One of the things that all user interfaces do is marshal user attention, and newness or freshness is one tool for that. That can be used to advantage or disadvantage users, but it is a constant pressure for change in user interfaces.

                                                                                              The term Modern in user interfaces tends to translate as “inspired by the Functionalist school of Industrial Design, particularly as exemplified by Dieter Rams at Braun and Apple’s Industrial Design team under Jonny Ive”. There’s functional value to freshness, so the definition isn’t static, but the term Modern means something other than new or contemporary.

                                                                                              It isn’t a waste of time for producers and critics (in the neutral sense) of user interfaces to learn some art history, architectural history, and history of Industrial Design.

                                                                                              • pimlottc 13 days ago

                                                                                                I think those are all valid interpretations that give some useful information about the product.

                                                                                                I tend to think of the words as staking a position vs its opposite, so you at least have some idea where the product lies on at least one axis.

                                                                                                - minimal vs maximal: "we favor fewer few design elements vs more"

                                                                                                - streamlined vs not streamlined: "we have intentially chosen to focus on a few specific goals"

                                                                                                - sleek vs rough: "we are aiming for a polished appearance"

                                                                                                - simple vs complex: "we prioritize ease of use over supporting lots of use cases"

                                                                                                - opinionated vs configurable: "we have a philosophy of the right way to do this, which this tool supports out of the box; if you have a very specific use case, it might not be for you"

                                                                                                etc..

                                                                                                On the other hand, the opposite of modern is... old fashioned? Isn't almost everything basically modern, then? And how is that necessarily any better?

                                                                                                • arendtio 12 days ago

                                                                                                  Another alternative opposite of 'modern' might be 'classic'?

                                                                                                  • heartbeats 13 days ago

                                                                                                    The opposite of modern is quaint. Modern means that it uses new technologies (Web/HTML5/React), quaint means that it uses old technologies (Win32 UI/HTML 4/command line)

                                                                                                    • bergheim 13 days ago

                                                                                                      You say this with authority. According to whom is web modern and everything else «quaint»? Not to be that guy again but electron-based apps feels nothing like modern, except maybe in the worst possible sense.

                                                                                                      «Command line» is still very much alive as well by the way, and underpins a lot of things, say ci/cd.

                                                                                                      • nsonha 13 days ago

                                                                                                        Modern could mean technically not just stylistically. Like hackable in a contempirary language or use fancy tech like wayland. When we talk styles modern could mean anything, to some people it means minimalistic and functional, to some it means trendy

                                                                                                    • choward 13 days ago

                                                                                                      Modern is associated with your definition and has a positive connotation. However, it really just means it's new. That doesn't necessarily mean the things you listed. But it does mean that it's probably under active development, the creator has it fresh in their mind, and you can probably contact them.

                                                                                                      • valenciarose 12 days ago

                                                                                                        The word Modern absolutely does not mean new, recent, or contemporary in the context of design (or really in reference to any visual presentation). The design of Walkman was innovative and new when it came out, but at no point in time did it qualify as Modern.

                                                                                                        Modernism, as applied to the design of tools and other useful objects, was codified by Dieter Rams half a century ago. The recent resurgence of Modernism as applied to computer software and hardware is not the result of inevitable progress. It’s the result of Steve Jobs deliberately choosing Modernism in the early 90s (although this wasn’t apparent in products until his return).

                                                                                                        https://ifworlddesignguide.com/design-specials/dieter-rams-1...

                                                                                                        • pimlottc 13 days ago

                                                                                                          > But it does mean that it's probably under active development, the creator has it fresh in their mind, and you can probably contact them.

                                                                                                          This is true! But that's usually a given for projects being promoted via HN posts. Not usually a lot of Show HNs for for old, abandoned projects.

                                                                                                      • slingnow 14 days ago

                                                                                                        I would argue all of you suggested words are just as overused and meaningless as "modern". At the end of the day, I would still need to see the product to understand what it does.

                                                                                                        • pimlottc 14 days ago

                                                                                                          It's hard to describe a complex program with one word but I would argue they are at least more informative than "modern". Unless you're intentionally using old technology or going for a "retro-style", pretty much anything written in 2020 could be described as "modern".

                                                                                                          The alternatives listed as just examples, I would need to understand the program better to come up with a truly apt adjective.

                                                                                                          • eejjjj82 14 days ago

                                                                                                            without trying to nitpick I had a similar reaction as pimlottc. the Gnome-Shell title page is: "GNOME Shell, next generation desktop shell"

                                                                                                            so when I read modern on your description I just chuckled a bit.

                                                                                                            in any case great work on this. looks like a ton of work

                                                                                                          • mobb_solo 13 days ago

                                                                                                            Good point️ Additionally, people seem to forget about the term CONTEMPORARY.. It annoys me out that I can't use the word 'contemporary' when talking to 50% (~a lot?) of people. Somebody whose talking about some band they like and, I ask if they are a "CONTEMPORARY act?", they OFTEN reply, "No, they are a new/modern band".. lol

                                                                                                            • mixmastamyk 13 days ago

                                                                                                              The CADT Model. Modern usually means they rethought the problem from scratch. Not a problem in itself, it's how progress is made.

                                                                                                              However, in practice typically means that there are hundreds of edge cases not yet solved.

                                                                                                              • corytheboyd 13 days ago

                                                                                                                You are over analyzing the marketing pitch, and/or expecting it to be the exact specification. It’s not. IMO it’s fine for a project to pick a few vapid buzz words to get you interested, because a complete specification of the project certainly isn’t going to catch eyes.

                                                                                                                • harha 13 days ago

                                                                                                                  Not only in tech, e.g., modern portfolio theory.

                                                                                                                  Agree that it would be better to use more descriptive names.

                                                                                                                  • iso8859-1 13 days ago

                                                                                                                    Why is it worse to use the word "modern" in tech compared to any other context?

                                                                                                                    If they called it "postmodern", would that be acceptable? BTW, do you propose renaming the Museums of Modern Art?

                                                                                                                    • zapzupnz 13 days ago

                                                                                                                      These questions seem to be a bit grasping.

                                                                                                                      It's clear from GP's post that the problem with 'modern' in this context is that it lacks semantic meaning within the given sentence. As 'modern' has no domain-specific denotative definition, one must turn to its connotation — of some quality that is only available in newer products, not prior ones.

                                                                                                                      On the other hand, to simply say that something is 'new' in technology is clear: it is a recently-developed or recently-published effort, free of insinuation that there is anything better or worse than what came before it. 'Modern', on the other hand, implies some sort of quality that might not be apparent in prior art.

                                                                                                                      > If they called it "postmodern", would that be acceptable?

                                                                                                                      Why would that be acceptable? That would carry even less clear meaning.

                                                                                                                      > BTW, do you propose renaming the Museums of Modern Art?

                                                                                                                      In that context, 'modern' has a domain-specific meaning — art made past 1860.

                                                                                                                  • aszen 14 days ago

                                                                                                                    Tried it briefly, I currently use i3 on ubuntu and found it to be much much slower than that, the animations while pretty get pretty jarring once u start switching windows too often. I much prefer the i3 style of just showing a blinking cursor on switching windows.

                                                                                                                    The grid layout is interesting but I found it strange that the all tabs are shown along the left side in split mode. It would be interesting to see how the grid differs from the tree layout that i3 uses.

                                                                                                                    I did like their default hot keys and the side bar for switching work spaces. Ultimately though if you don't like gnome this isn't going to change that. But if you do prefer i3 and want a more nicer environment with all the gnome system management ui's consider using https://regolith-linux.org/

                                                                                                                    • gavinray 14 days ago

                                                                                                                      I Ctrl+F'ed in this thread for Regolith, this should be higher.

                                                                                                                      Zero setup, incredible keybindings.

                                                                                                                      You can install it on top of your existing Distro, as an apt package. And then log out + log back in using new DE.

                                                                                                                      I had never used a tiling WM before Regolith, i3 seemed too difficult to configure for someone who didn't truly didn't understand the point/benefit of using tiling WM's.

                                                                                                                      A day into using Regolith on Ubuntu I was hooked. Been using it for years now and it's the best decision I've ever made, productivity skyrocketed and it looks nice.

                                                                                                                      I tried Pop_OS shell's tiling WM, as I was hopeful, but the keybindings and behavior aren't as nice as Regolith. It does a "swap" animation when changing tile positioning that slows stuff down, and I could never get the gap borders to disappear completely.

                                                                                                                      • mxuribe 14 days ago

                                                                                                                        I'm going through a distro hopping phase, so recently hopped to Fedora spins (am currently on KDE)...but had heard of regolith separately and really liked the idea. So i went to DistroTest[0] and took it for a spin, and it won me over. I still ant to finish my experiment with fedora spins, but right after, I'll be heading Regolith!

                                                                                                                        [0] https://distrotest.net/Regolith%20Linux/R1.1

                                                                                                                        • JeremyNT 13 days ago

                                                                                                                          > Tried it briefly, I currently use i3 on ubuntu and found it to be much much slower than that, the animations while pretty get pretty jarring once u start switching windows too often. I much prefer the i3 style of just showing a blinking cursor on switching windows.

                                                                                                                          I've seen this complaint about GNOME in general before, so I want to mention that animations can be disabled or sped up in GNOME. There's a toggle to disable animations in GNOME completely (using the GNOME tweak tool, in the general setting). There are also add-ons to change their speed (I use Impatience [0]).

                                                                                                                          [0] https://github.com/timbertson/gnome-shell-impatience

                                                                                                                          • messo 13 days ago

                                                                                                                            > […] the animations while pretty get pretty jarring once u start switching windows too often.

                                                                                                                            Agree. I have used i3 for several years, but tried GNOME again recently to experience with Pop_OS's tiling feature. It was OK-ish, but a bit slow when resizing windows when rearranging / opening / closing windows, even with animations disabled.

                                                                                                                            I have read about Material Shell before, but did not try it. Gave it a try today, and I am pleasantly surprised so far. The animations get old very quickly, so I do what I always do in GNOME – disable all animations in Tweak Tools. This made the experience as close to i3 as GNOME has ever been for me. I will keep using the Material Shell for a while and stress-test it a bit.

                                                                                                                            • barnabee 13 days ago

                                                                                                                              Agree! Can't speak highly enough of Regolith.

                                                                                                                              I'd actually somewhat given up trying to keep i3 working nicely and reverted to XFCE (which is at least far less obnoxious then Gnome 3) until I discovered Regolith and have been using it happily ever since.

                                                                                                                            • GekkePrutser 14 days ago

                                                                                                                              Nice!!! This is the kind of thing I visit Hacker News for.

                                                                                                                              I wonder how this compares with the Gnome tiling Add-on from Pop!_OS that is becoming very popular. But this material shell sounds like a much more holistic approach than just adding tiling to Gnome. I'll definitely try this out.

                                                                                                                              • square_usual 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                Pop's tiling is great, and it doesn't force tiling like this does so you can turn it off if you don't want it. I mostly just use their keyboard navigation tools to snap, resize and move instead of the tiling functionality, though. I think I'll stick with Pop's, partly because I'm used to its keyboard navigation, and partly because I don't particularly like tiling.

                                                                                                                                • lb0 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                  Sold when I read tiling, yay.. maybe finally at some point I get rid of xmonad, which I loved to play with but do not understand anymore (nothing to complain, has been stable for years even across Ubuntu versions .. but also never touched the config in like 5+ years :D)

                                                                                                                                  • mcny 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                    I have not looked into these things too much but I like how gnome keyring unlocks when I login to my fedora machine. After a simple initial setup, all my git commits are automatically signed by my gpg key. I don't even have to think about it. I haven't used this for anything serious but I think alternatives will need to achieve feature parity before I can seriously consider them.

                                                                                                                                    Kind of like how I go back to x as opposed to wayland because obs can't capture screen (last time I checked).

                                                                                                                                    • gtf21 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                      You don't need to be using the full GNOME DE in order to use gnome-keyring and have it unlock [1].

                                                                                                                                      [1]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GNOME/Keyring#Using_the...

                                                                                                                                      • vladvasiliu 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                        This is a Gnome Shell extension, so all the session-related stuff you describe should have no idea or even care that it's running.

                                                                                                                                        I actually don't even use gnome or the gnome session, just bare i3 with lightdm and the gnome keyring unlocks automatically.

                                                                                                                                    • V6HBGNQHU 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                      Pop Shell from System76 also does something similar. That is a gnome shell extension that provides tiling window management. It's focus is keyboard driven window navigation and has the option to switch between tiling and floating mode.

                                                                                                                                      https://github.com/pop-os/shell

                                                                                                                                      • mark_l_watson 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                        I was going to mention the same thing. I liked the old Pop Shell and have now been experimenting with the new tiling interface.

                                                                                                                                        Off topic, but System76 really seems like a great company. I enjoy my Linux laptop and their software support is good. I am stuck on Apple's platform for the Apple Watch and iPhone (and I like iPads), but I wonder if I would ever buy another Mac laptop. Turnkey Linux systems, like those of System76, Dell, etc. really make using Linux low overhead.

                                                                                                                                      • squarefoot 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                        I tried this a couple years ago on a Atom tablet. If memory serves it had no tiling yet, but I liked it because it was the only working solution that would allow a tablet-like experience under Linux, all others being either buggy or incomplete (rotation not working or not consistent with mouse, etc.). I admit it was well thought, beautiful to look at and very usable, although they didn't resist the temptation to dumb down even further the config panels by removing more and more options, which is the reason I avoid Gnome in all my PCs. The only real problem is that it was slow, I mean really slow, and memory hungry. OK, in 2018 having 2GB RAM it's the users fault, although that tablet was impossible to upgrade, so I had no other choice than either reinstall Windows 10 (which was a lot more snappy) or give the tablet away, which I did.

                                                                                                                                        I seem to have read somewhere that an open phone manufacturer (Librem?) is using a deeply optimized version of Gnome 3 to overcome its slugginess on less powerful hardware. Are there any chances their optimizations can be merged back so that every platform could take advantage of them?

                                                                                                                                        • heresie-dabord 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                          > "Improve your user experience and get rid of the anarchy of traditional desktop workflows."

                                                                                                                                          This usage of "anarchy" makes me wonder what is so satisfying to advocates of "tiling". I personally don't have a need for new windows to conform to a strict placement algorithm.

                                                                                                                                          My usability requirement for new windows: a) open the window in a timely manner and make it distinct so I can identify it; b) don't fiddle with my visual field unnecessarily.

                                                                                                                                          I use OpenBox. I make the "active" window distinct using a custom theme. I open what I need and hide the rest in a shaded window and/or virtual desktop until I need it. I find what I need in the menus.

                                                                                                                                          (I won't debate the qualities of Gnome, but I prefer a lighter DE.)

                                                                                                                                          • tkainrad 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                            I don't see why you would need such a complex system (spatial model) to switch between your apps.

                                                                                                                                            In my opinion, this has been solved perfectly many years ago. I simply use Super+<num> to launch/switch to my 10 most important applications. Supported out-of-the box by both Windows and Gnome and 100% predictable. Every shortcut invocation will launch exactly the right application.

                                                                                                                                            • nsonha 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                              I find that wierd too, and example of nerds cooking up something no one needs but then it catched on because nerdy things are hip now.

                                                                                                                                              • WealthVsSurvive 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                (i3-gaps user) Tiling is basically an extension of this, and it can absolutely make your life easier if your work or play revolves around switching between workspaces that contain ~3+ windows each.

                                                                                                                                              • mikewhy 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                I've always wanted to try a tiling window system, but they just don't seem to gel with how I work at all. Rarely, if ever, do I want a window to take up some common percentage of the screen. My editor is ~100 columns, which will change depending on the font / font size. My terminal is all over the place. My browser is multiple widths, because I need to test responsiveness, or what fits in my current tab does not fit what's in my next tab.

                                                                                                                                                Is there any sort of middle ground tiling solution for people like me?

                                                                                                                                                • olejorgenb 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                  Shameless plug: https://github.com/paperwm/PaperWM/ Gets rid of window overlap, but doesn't force all windows to be fully visible at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                • gkop 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                  Linux: just use Gnome out of the box, the basic tiling is totally usable. It's extremely simplistic, but helpful enough to get you hyped on tiling.

                                                                                                                                                  macOS: try Magnet app, it’s fantastic. Great out of the box config, fairly powerful (caveat: the mouse targets stink; but who uses the mouse anyway?)

                                                                                                                                                  • redisman 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                    In Pop OS the windows can have two states. Stickied to a part of the screen with auto-tiling with other stickied windows or free floating. I would guess many Linux flavors can do something like that. To me the ideal solution was Spectacle for MacOS - key shortcuts for a window to take up the space of a predetermined space. I just don't think automatic tiling makes all that much sense unless you're building some kind of a dashboard.

                                                                                                                                                    Tiling web browsers is especially bad since I use a lot of websites that flip to mobile mode or are just plain unusable when tiled into the wrong shape.

                                                                                                                                                    • narwally 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      For certain websites forcing them into their mobile version can be pretty useful, but it takes a bit of playing around to make everything work nicely together. I have a group of browser windows and a layout defined in stumpwm that includes gmail, spotify, and a few other sites that have good responsive design.

                                                                                                                                                    • narwally 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      Take a look at dynamic window managers. They allow for switching between tiling and floating windows.

                                                                                                                                                    • wayneftw 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      Can the user merge the workspace panel into the the system panel and move all that to the bottom of the screen instead?

                                                                                                                                                      I honestly can't stand global top bars and "system panels" that are nothing more than always-visible launcher menus. They're just a waste of space. IMO Chrome looks ridiculous in the video, with a set of tabs directly underneath the workspace panel tabs.

                                                                                                                                                      What I'd really like to see is XFCE with automatic tiling. I can probably script a half-assed version of it myself without too much trouble, but it would be nice to have a full-assed version of that.

                                                                                                                                                      • armoredkitten 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        A few months ago I set up i3 to work within Xfce (essentially swapping out xfwm4 as the window manager), and I love it. It took a bit of tinkering to get the two to play nicely, as you might expect, but once I got it set up properly it was great. I wanted to use a tiling WM, but I had a setup I really liked with Xfce and didn't want to give up all the DE niceties with my panels, system tray, etc. This gives me the best of both worlds as far as I'm concerned.

                                                                                                                                                        That said, I agree with you that it would be nice to have a built-in option to switch between tiling and floating. I've seen that Pop_OS has this, but that's also using Gnome.

                                                                                                                                                      • christophilus 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        This looks decent. Tangentially, why do Gnome windows have such big title bars? Is that something you can adjust?

                                                                                                                                                        • p_l 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          It's because a) GNOME no longer renders title bars b) GTK3 instead treats title bar as combined titlebar + menu space

                                                                                                                                                          • barrkel 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                            Gtk3's title bar / hamburger menu / tool bar / modal dialog hybrid thing is a great motivator for avoiding Gtk3 apps. I've been pretty successfully avoiding them since upgrading to Ubuntu 20 and discovering that horrorshow.

                                                                                                                                                            I'm having difficulty getting different colours on active vs inactive title bars on regular apps, though. Still working on it occasionally.

                                                                                                                                                            • alex_duf 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                              Why is it a horror show? It never bothered me

                                                                                                                                                              • barrkel 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                It's visually cluttered, the title bar is often missing an actual title, every control on there takes longer to respond to a click because it has to wait to see if you want to move the window instead, the menu takes an extra click to open and is also really slow, the menu doesn't include keyboard shortcuts ...

                                                                                                                                                                The applications which have been converted are much harder to use. For example, I found dconf-editor in particular is now extremely frustrating to use, since it doesn't have a treeview - it's impossible to explore more than one recursive path simultaneously, and the mouse distance between opening a folder to see its contents and going back to its parent is now quite large. The title bar doesn't have enough space to display a long path due to it having lots of other controls in there, and ends up showing something like '/ com / ubuntu / Ab...xy / ap...ons / ap...ons', or worse, only the most nested folder name.

                                                                                                                                                                It's also just really ugly: cluttered, busy.

                                                                                                                                                                The good thing is there are no - zero - gtk3 apps that I need to use.

                                                                                                                                                                • petepete 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                  It's not, some people are just a little dramatic about it.

                                                                                                                                                                  • II2II 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't go as far as calling it a horror show, but do find it genuinely unpleasant to use. In a default configuration GNOME's task switcher seems to assume that there is only one window open for each application. Switching between multiple windows in the same application is rather inconvenient. The title bar stuffs in frequently accessed options then hides the menu bar under the hamburger icon. Those frequently used options are the ones I am least likely to access from the title bar since they are bound to hotkeys that are common to most programs.

                                                                                                                                                                    For anyone who is accustomed to other metaphors, I'm not terribly surprised by the description horror show. Even as someone who is willing to adapt to change, many of the changes seem to be contrary to usability or efficiency.

                                                                                                                                                                    • petepete 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                      GNOME's task switcher has two modes, the one you're using switches between applications. Alt+(the key above tab) switches between windows within an application.

                                                                                                                                                                      The hamburger menu keeps the applications looking clean, if there's anything I use that frequently I'll just use the keyboard shortcut.

                                                                                                                                                                      It's improving every release, but if you want traditional, I'd choose XFCE.

                                                                                                                                                                      • II2II 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                        I would far prefer an organized UI to one that tries to look clean by tucking away functionality under a hamburger icon.

                                                                                                                                                                        This is not to say that I insist upon menus. Since I never had much invested in Microsoft Office, I do appreciate the ribbon bar. It does a fairly good job of organizing and exposing functionality in an otherwise complex piece of software. Contrast that with GNOME's approach. It is rather difficult to design a complex piece of software when most of the functionality is hidden behind a single menu.

                                                                                                                                                                        At the other extreme, you have software that is somehow command driven. The interface can be kept clean by hiding away all of the functionality. (An example of this would be vim.) Yet that is not what GNOME is trying to provide. GNOME is a graphical interface that is supposed to facilitate discoverability. Discoverability will always be a trade-off between visual clutter or a reduced feature set. The only other option is to hide functionality, which is dangerous in a GUI.

                                                                                                                                                                        • barrkel 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                          A "clean" UI is often a less functional or efficient UI; cleanliness is usually achieved by adding indirection or removing functionality. But Gtk3 isn't even clean; it's often cluttered. Just look at the title bar on dconf-editor when you're 5 levels deep in a config tree.

                                                                                                                                                                          Menus are ideal for commands which are individually infrequently used, but collectively frequently used. That is, where any given menu item isn't used often enough to warrant learning the keyboard shortcut (not that Gtk3 menus show shortcuts, because they don't), but the menu as a total is visited to execute a command frequently. Consider things like IDEs, photo manipulation, video editing, sound editing, basically anything with a lot of tools to apply.

                                                                                                                                                                          I find it particularly ironic that Gimp - the OG Gtk - doesn't use a hamburger menu, because that would be ludicrous.

                                                                                                                                                                          • p_l 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Another point with menus is that the typical top-of-the screen, and nowadays "hamburger" menu is just dumping ground for all functionality, and should be at most of a secondary use to common and context-specific actions represented by buttons/context menus/etc.

                                                                                                                                                                            Something usually lost in "clean" UIs...

                                                                                                                                                                  • izietto 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                    I use the Unite extension to have a more Unitish user experience, as I don't like the current Gnome layout

                                                                                                                                                                  • turbinerneiter 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                    People look at the big title-bar, complain, and don't see the lack of a menu-bar.

                                                                                                                                                                    I really love it.

                                                                                                                                                                • yboris 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                  Reminds me of the 10/GUI ("contenuum") http://10gui.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  A user interface mockup where everything is grouped, spatially oriented, and scrollable.

                                                                                                                                                                  https://vimeo.com/6712657

                                                                                                                                                                  • dflock 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                    PaperWM is inspired by/implements parts of this: https://github.com/paperwm/PaperWM/

                                                                                                                                                                    • erickj 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                      I had the exact same thought - I think it was the video presentation style, more than the actual UI design itself though.

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm still waiting for 10gui to break the shackles of our "4-finger" multitouch world

                                                                                                                                                                    • bengalister 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                      I tried tiling WM: i3/i3gap for a year, then sway and bspwm for a few days but finally went back to Gnome.

                                                                                                                                                                      I got fed-up spending way too much tweaking the UI to my "needs". (To be fair, most of the time was spent on the toolbar (polybar, i3bar) configuration). I also realized that I mostly needed tiling for the terminal.

                                                                                                                                                                      Thus I embraced Gnome UI with a few extensions: unite, dash-to-dock, system-monitor, etc. and started using tmux for the terminal.

                                                                                                                                                                      I might try Material Shell but I am actually happy with today's Gnome3. Performance is decent, and the level of configuration is enough for me with a few extensions. It is not as stable and polished as MacOSX but there is no blocking point.

                                                                                                                                                                      N.B: I kept i3 for my work Linux VM due to very limited system resources.

                                                                                                                                                                      • gkop 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                        Beg to differ that macOS is more stable and polished. macOS makes “arbitrary” UI changes over the major versions, including what I experience as regressions, while Gnome 3 keeps what works. And I experience more UI latency with macOS and a less-polished out of the box experience: Eg, macOS has no built-in tiling. Eg, macOS prohibits using the keyboard to interact with system modals unless you change settings. Eg, macOS hotkey for spotlight requires holding down a modifier key. Eg, macOS spotlight autocomplete is unbelievably brittle/dumb. Eg, macOS doesn’t allow changing the system font size, you must scale the whole viewport.

                                                                                                                                                                        (Can you tell I am required to use macOS at work? /facepalm)

                                                                                                                                                                      • felixfoertsch 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                        I really wish people would stop using "beautiful" as if it were an objective adjective.

                                                                                                                                                                        • ziftface 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                          I interpret that as meaning that good looks was one of their design goals. It doesn't necessarily mean everyone will find it pretty.

                                                                                                                                                                          • AnIdiotOnTheNet 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Ditto "fast".

                                                                                                                                                                            • Narishma 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Unless it's accompanied by benchmarks; then it's fine.

                                                                                                                                                                          • scoutt 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Can two windows overlap? Or are they just opened full-screen or inside a tile side-by-side?

                                                                                                                                                                            If not, then I don't like that very much. For example the calculator: I don't want it to take 1/3 or 1/4 of the screen. It's like going back into a 35 years ago pre DESQview era.

                                                                                                                                                                            Edit: nevermind. "In Material Shell windows are tiled. These means they are organised in a predictable way in which they do not overlap".

                                                                                                                                                                            I guess I like my windows to be not predictable, whatever that means.

                                                                                                                                                                            • approxim8ion 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                              I can't speak about Material Shell, but on dedicated tiling WMs, you get to select a subset of apps that you want to always open in floating mode to accommodate the use case you are describing. Nonetheless, I find myself not using that at all, since in most cases the tiled view allows for optimum use of screen real-estate in my opinion. If I can't see the entirety of a window it's kind of useless to me, so i'd prefer it be on a different workspace. But of course, floating one window like your calculator while your browser and RSS feed reader are tiled on the desktop is entirely possible and probably quite common. I do, however, use a popup rofi window with a custom script as a calculator, so that does indeed float near the top of my screen.

                                                                                                                                                                              • michaelmrose 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                In i3 you can perform operations based on window criteria for example if calculator don't tile with for_window. KDE has window rules, Linux in general has devilspie2.

                                                                                                                                                                                If it doesn't have this feature it probably should.

                                                                                                                                                                              • _def 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                I like the tiling. Unfortunately it breaks my beloved workflow with GNOME 3: I'm using an extension to switch workspaces via scrolling on the top panel, which makes the workspace approach very useful and fast for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                I also rather would like the left panel at the top since window lists aren't important to me anymore (hot corner for overview is so much faster for me finding the window I am looking for)

                                                                                                                                                                                • chronogram 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you have a link to that scrolling extension handy? It sounds useful to me. And if you have any other recommendations I'd appreciate them too, as I tried some extensions but have none enabled myself currently (just stock with the animations off). Your scrolling one is the first one that sounds useful.

                                                                                                                                                                              • einpoklum 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                > for GNOME

                                                                                                                                                                                For the life of me, I can't understand why there are that many GNOME-based desktop environments. I personally dislike most of their approach to UI. Maybe the innards are very pleasant to work with, but it's GTK-based, isn't it? That a somewhat-dated C toolkit, even if it has bindings in other languages. So I kind of doubt that.

                                                                                                                                                                                And yet - MATE, Cinnamon, XFCE (ok, that's just GTK, not GNOME proper), Unity.

                                                                                                                                                                                This is not a rant, I'm actually curious why GNOME is that popular, and those projects did not choose some other basis. I mean, that should be possible, right? LXDE switched from GTK to Qt a few years back.

                                                                                                                                                                                • msb 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  I will tell you why I use Gnome. Gnome/Fedora was the first distro that played nice with my 4k XPS display AND the various 2k and HD secondary displays I use. I switched from Ubuntu/XFCE about five years ago. As I get older, I look for applications and DE's that require as little mouse use as possible. In Gnome 3, it's super+space, type application name, enter and use. Super+arrow to snap around the screen. A minuscule top bar gives me the perfect amount of screen real estate. The only application that I like to tile is a terminal and tmux works just fine. So for my use, Gnome just seems to stay out of my way.

                                                                                                                                                                                • trilinearnz 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks really nice. I like how creative the Linux community is with their GUI experimentation.

                                                                                                                                                                                  My favourite feature is the ability to tile windows with a little gap between them. Having visibility (even a little) into the wallpaper when you're doing work makes a big difference for me. It's like it grounds you in a more natural frame of reference. I'm sure Mac users can relate to this due to the late introduction of true window maximisation, but as a Windows user I'm coming to appreciate the "non-fullscreen" or "edge-to-edge tiled" working environment.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • eximius 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't recommend AwesomeWM enough. You don't really have to customize it at all for the workspaces + basic tiling to be incredibly useful. And the workspaces can be per monitor!!! Or you can tie them together! Or use them as tags instead of workspaces! It's really just so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I think the only thing I really added was audio key support and I changed the menu shortcut...?

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not actually sure what the argument is to not use it. (it supports floating windows, if you want that as the default)

                                                                                                                                                                                    • mqus 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      > I'm not actually sure what the argument is to not use it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm currently using it, but if I switch away, it will be because there is no wayland support yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • eximius 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        Heh, valid point.

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Elv13 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Patches welcome :P

                                                                                                                                                                                          But really, someone went quite far a couple year ago. Unfortunately he lost interest before the finish line. There is no such thing as a WM port from X11 to wayland. It's a full backend rewrite.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The design that would have worked (after like 4 rewrite), but wasn't completed, was to have a WLroot process, then some custom protocols to talk to an awesome "client". This was a fork of the old codebase with the X11 code stripped out and the implementation of those little private protocols between the wlroot "server" and awesome "client".

                                                                                                                                                                                          Using this model, the event loops lived in different process and AwesomeWM could restart without losing all applications. It did render stuff, including the wibar and clients (without titlebars). But that's about it. It never got to the point you could dog-food it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • linuxdaemon 12 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have tried to like tiling window managers and for whatever reason, it just hasn't clicked for me. I have really come to like the way default Gnome works. That said, I have used material-shell for about 1/2 an hour, and so far this is the first time I can see myself actually liking a tiling window manager.

                                                                                                                                                                                      At the risk of being the guy who has used it for a minimal amount of time and starts complaining about it because it doesn't work like I'm used to...There are a couple preference things for me that I wish were a little different.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I like gnome's no-frills fullscreen. You only have the app and the top panel stuff. In material-shell, I can SUPER+ESC to get full screen, but I think I want to be able to just mouse-over to the left side to bring up the panel while in full screen. To get to anything at the panel I have to SUPER-ESC first. Which is ok, I'd just rather it optionally auto-hide.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Kind of the same as the left-panel, the top-panel workspace list looks especially jumbled when you have an app like a browser maximized. So you see the workspace list, then your titlebar, then your browser tabs. It just adds extra "business" that I would prefer to not see. And again, enabling fullscreen with SUPER+ESC basically gets me what I want so it's not that big of a deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally, I understand why people would like it, but for me I would prefer to not have the "+" in the workspace switcher at all. Or at least minimally have it skip being part of my SUPER+A/SUPER+D switching. I REALLY don't like it showing up when nothing is open on my workspace or when I have a vertical split workspace, and only one thing on the screen and it shows the "+" content window. I am so accustomed to just hitting SUPER and then typing the app that I want, its way faster to do that and I'd rather the whole "+" window go away.

                                                                                                                                                                                      All-in-all, I'm pretty satisfied with material-shell and will definitely be using it as my desktop.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • gigatexal 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        meh, imo, regolith is peak desktop for linux right now. [1]

                                                                                                                                                                                        [1] https://regolith-linux.org/download/

                                                                                                                                                                                        • asciimov 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thinking about those default keybindings (super+<w,a,s,d>) make my wrists hurt. Since the typical keyboard only has super (win) on the left, they should've used super+ <i,j,k,l> or <h,j,k,l>.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • corytheboyd 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                            Please. Add. SCREENSHOTS!

                                                                                                                                                                                            You lost me at having to watch a video. Just lead with a screenshot. A video is fine as supplemental marketing, but you NEED a screenshot otherwise you’re losing those first impression opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                            • dusted 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I'll just stick to i3 for now.

                                                                                                                                                                                              • rtlfe 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                It's moderately intimidating to jump into i3 or xmonad if you haven't used them before. This looks like a friendlier way for more people to get exposed to tiling, but doesn't seem to offer anything compelling for people already comfortable with one of the others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • bradwood 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This. All day long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • bestouff 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks nice, is there a video of how it works with multi-monitor setups ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sanqui 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is so close to how I would want my shell to work! For instance, there is a floating mode which can be enabled per-workspace. Big fan of the persistency. I have a few nitpicks, but the author seems active on Discord and work is ongoing. Going to give this an extended ride for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    EDIT: For Fedora users, apparently the package is quite outdated and missing some features and fixes. The author is going to make a new release on GitHub and hopefully package maintainers will make an update.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • RMPR 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really like the idea, maybe this can make me back to GNOME, but it seems to me it lacks an absolutely vital feature of i3/Sway: the scratchpad[0], I always have an Emacs buffer opened to my org folder, and the scratchpad is very handy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      0: https://i3wm.org/docs/userguide.html#_scratchpad

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • forbiddenvoid 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Installed and activated this morning. I'm already a fan. Easily revertible if I decide later that I hate it, but I like this workspace strategy much better than what's built-in with gnome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did find it a bit challenging to figure out where the settings were located (I don't use many GNOME extensions), but once I figured out the settings are on the extensions.gnome.org page for the extension it was lot easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • kevinherron 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          One thing I've learned from using i3wm and trying various other tiling shells/scripts over time is a stacking mode is crucial to my workflow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It doesn't look like this has one. There's an outstanding PR to add stacking to Pop Shell [0] that I'm hopeful about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          [0] https://github.com/pop-os/shell

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • michaelmrose 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How does this handle multiple monitors? Isn't the default on gnome 3 still to only switch the primary monitor when switching workspaces?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • kevincox 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It doesn't appear to work well with multiple monitors. I could open apps on different monitors but not move them between. The native GNOME shortcuts just caused the windows to flicker and their shortcuts don't have anything to do with monitors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • michaelmrose 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://github.com/material-shell/material-shell/issues/269

                                                                                                                                                                                                                >We are currently only compatible with the one workspace per external monitor mode since it's was the most adapted to my vision of the ideal workflow and also because altering the behavior of GNOME Shell can be a bit complex and maintain multiple mode can be very time consuming. Therefore step after step our code base is becoming more mature and I may be incline to work a second option if there enough demands. But we also have other fundamental stone to build like window resizing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seems like figuring how it works across multiple monitors would be a rather basic building block but dev has different priorities it seems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • miguelmota 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I switched from i3 to bspwm and never looked back. It’s more true to the Unix philosophy of doing one thing only and doing it well. I use sxhkd for the hotkey daemon and polybar for the status bar. It’s more initial work to set up though than i3 which just works out-of-the box which makes i3 good enough for most people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • y2kenny 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                For folks who are looking for tiling without switching the windows manager, the gTile [0] GNOME shell extension is pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                [0]: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/28/gtile/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • gkop 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gnome has [very] basic tiling built in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • forbiddenvoid 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Installed and activated this morning. I'm already a fan. Easily revertible if I decide later that I hate it, but I like this workspace strategy much better than what's built-in with gnome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did find it a bit challenging to figure out where the settings were located (I don't use many GNOME extensions).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • satya71 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks nice and innovative. But GNOME already lost me as a user. Wish they'd make it independent of GNOME.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • fareesh 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I find everything other than KDE and lighter desktops really slow - even with good hardware

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • mkaymalright 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is just one thing I'm missing from Gnome which is the white dot on top of the time signifying there is an unread notification. With Material Shell I have to manually click the time to see if I have any unread emails or slack messages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • aabbcc1241 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to switch between gnome and cinnamon. I switched between them when one failed after update. They seldom fail simultaneously, but once that happened, I switched to awesome and never go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • t0astbread 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice! I use i3 but I've always thought it would be great if it supported manipulating windows with the mouse as well. I don't use GNOME so this isn't for me but I like the idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Galanwe 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can have floating windows with i3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Try meta-shift-space, you will get a floating window that can be dragged and resized with the mouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • t0astbread 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know about that and it's a handy feature but I meant the typical window operations (moving in the tile grid, resizing of grid rows/columns possibly also sending to other workspaces or the scratchpad and toggling floating or fullscreen mode via a context menu on the title bar)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 5h 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've lived in Awesome WM for years, this looks pretty good to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • dubcanada 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My biggest issue with i3 and awesome is as soon as I plug in a second monitor the whole things just falls apart and it becomes too much to manage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone try this with multiple monitors?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • michaelmrose 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The way multiple monitors work out of the box is that a workspace is created when you first switch to it on the monitor that is focused. This means that even if you always use foo on monitor bar you must switch to monitor bar before hitting the hotkey to switch to foo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If all you know is focus directional hotkeys you could trivially have to hit focus left 7 times to get to the left monitor for example before hitting super+3 to switch to 3. This is of course horrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your life would be simplified if you had a hotkey to focus output right and focus output left. This makes it not TOO laborious however your life would be simplified MUCH MUCH more if you used the assign directive to assign particular workspaces to particular monitors for example 1-5 on left monitor and 6-0 on right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You would accomplish this for example by using

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    workspace 1 output name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    workspace 2 output name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then if you watch to switch to 3 on left monitor you don't have to worry about where you are presently you can simply hit super+3 wherever you are.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • nobleach 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've worked very hard to get my multi-monitor experience not to suck. In the end I landed on using this: https://github.com/lpicanco/i3-autodisplay This and a couple of scripts that run to change my audio output to HDMI when a plug event happens. I have to admit that I hate the "cobbled together" experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Elv13 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (one of AwesomeWM maintainer here)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a rather common issue for all OS, but even more annoying for tilling WMs since it messes up with the layouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The good news is that a lot have been made to fix this in AwesomeWM git-master and more is coming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's there:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * If you set the `-- awesome_mode: api-level=5:screen=off` modeline at the top of `rc.lua`, all screens will be virtual rather than tied to a physical screen. In practice this means you can block and act upon physical screen removal. Previously, once the screen was gone, it was gone. Now you can either have full control or have the default handler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * Screen swap: You can swap your primary screen back yo your laptop screen when disconnecting. So at least you don't lose everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * Screen splitting: If you have a extra wide or double width monitor, you can split it in multiple virtual screens. This helps since it allows you to have the "main" virtual screen the same aspect ratio as the laptop screen. It means nothing moves when you switch back to the laptop mode.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * Full signals and handlers for everything: By default it's still not perfect, but at least there is sane ways to plug your own logic everywhere in the screen removal and addition process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * Better mixed DPI: It is now easier to ignore the DPI X11 think it has and override it before the screen gets created. This way, you can ensure your laptop and main screen use something sane when in mirror/presentation mode.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * Tags (workspaces) have a `request::screen` to "save" them when a screen is gone. So you can send them to a screen that still exists without losing the layout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's coming:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * There will be rules to apply can screen changes (https://elv13.github.io/declarative_rules/ruled.screen.html). This will allow a declarative syntax to define the behavior on screen change.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * The ability to have "sets of workspaces" you can share across screens (XMonad style). This is an interesting solution to the problem. Since the same "state" can be shared by more than 1 screen, then adding and removing a screen doesn't destroy the state. However this is really complex to bolt on the current design and I have been trying for like 2 years to make it perfect and backward compatible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Galanwe 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Been using i3 daily with 3 monitors and no problem (2 external screens + laptop) for 10 years now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is your problem exactly?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I usually reserve [0] for the laptop, [1], [2], [3] and [4] for my left monitor, and [5] on my right monitor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • riquito 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What's the exact issue? If you assign a bunch of workspaces (say 6,7,8,9) to the secondary monitor when it appears your flow shouldn't really change

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • pmlnr 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't worry, the next gtk3 update will break it. /s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • dzonga 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          looks okay, tried it and bang! everything is in disarray. I found organising windows to be a pain. suddenly everything is in full screen mode. I thought the search would've been like the search provided by kde, i.e search through open windows no matter what app. that's one thing I miss about kde. and wish I could get in gnome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • nomdep 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These "Workspaces" are called "Activities" in KDE (avaible since KDE 4 I think). I use them daily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Angeo34 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              People jump at the words minimal and modern but "Private secure and fast" is never questioned makes sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • robertlagrant 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How is the tiling with multiple monitors?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • square_usual 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why does this website need javascript to load? Everything in there could fit on a static page with gifs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • fsiefken 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, for a project optimizing workflow a static page would be fitting, but with pngs or webp instead of gifs :-) appearently lossless webp steals pngs crown now that iOS and MacOS support it and the computational costs on high compression are less:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/webp-flif-comparison.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/gallery2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SquareWheel 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's okay if you don't mind downloading a 50MB webpage. Otherwise gifs should be avoided at all costs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • chabad360 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The issue of the gifs was actually discussed on discord. IIRC it was because the gifs would be to big in some cases.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • marksbrown 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a poor excuse given that a) mp4 support is pretty good these days and b) CSS already has responsive loading of assets. It's purely that to a man with a JS framework everything looks like a dynamic site. I highly recommend running Noscript to see how much of the Internet is broken because of this kind of nonsense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • tssva 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Running Noscript doesn't show you how much of the internet is broken but instead is you purposefully breaking the internet for yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • SquareWheel 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed. Web standards exist between the server and client. If you break the standard (eg. by disabling JS), then it's your responsibility when things stop working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's great that you have the freedom to do so, but you have no right to claim the website is "broken" as a result.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • square_usual 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You don't need Javascript for static content.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • tssva 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And dynamic content isn't broken content. Choosing to only view static content is a personal preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • bluewavescrash 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cool website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • lubonay 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Am I the only one who thinks it's weird that there are no tests in the repo?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • axilmar 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't like this at all. Scrolling is a 'no' in serious UI design, and tiling should be an option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The video is too fast to allow any actual evaluation of its offerings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The big buttons in the section 'find your tasks instantaneously' are not necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The gnome interface sucks big time and I don't see this as improvement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • jsiepkes 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > Scrolling is a 'no' in serious UI design

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scrolling gives users a spatial feeling (ie. "what is where in relation to something else") in contrast to just magically letting things appear without animation or transition. There are plenty of UI designs which use scrolling. Sure you can debate whether they are a success or not but I've never head of "Scrolling is a 'no' in serious UI design". That sounds more like a personal preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                > and tiling should be an option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As far as I can tell there is nothing stopping you from simply using a workspace per app. Effectively disabling tiling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • axilmar 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  > Scrolling gives users a spatial feeling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The spatial feeling is necessary only if things take more space than needed. In this case, this is not valid. There are no things that take more space than needed. It's simply a distraction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  > As far as I can tell there is nothing stopping you from simply using a workspace per app. Effectively disabling tiling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What if I want windows to be connected? that feature is not offered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • dkersten 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This has a stacking option too. You don’t have to use tiling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • d3nj4l 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can't put windows on top of each other that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • hibbelig 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, I've used PaperWM for a bit (a Gnome Shell extension), and that one puts windows next to each other and scrolls left and right between them. (Each window is full height but not necessarily full width.) I find that very nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For example, I could have a 2/3 window on the left and parts of another 2/3 window on the right, and going from the left to the right window then scrolls 1/3 so that the full right window is visible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pretty cool, actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will want to try Material Shell, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • fock 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        somehow every app-selector I know (except a real terminal shell) uses scrolling. Imho this looks great for a tablet (and if this stabilizes I'd in fact buy a surface pro or similar instead of a new notebook, should my current private notebook die).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • mrlonglong 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Somehow the title reminds me of Madonna's song Material Girl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • dave_sullivan 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As an i3-gaps user... I would try this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • nobleach 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love how beautiful i3-gaps is. I worked awfully hard to get i3, Dunst, Polybar and many other tools to give me a WM only experience. And frankly, I hate that part of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Simple things like configuring bluetooth, or switching audio... or working with multiple displays are just painful. I expected this when I started using Linux in 1996ish. That was part of the hobbiest experience. These days, I just want to get my work done, and if I can do it with a pretty experience, I'd prefer that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So if I do i3 again, it'll probably be with XFCE underneath unifying some of the experience. Gnome on the other hand, has its own set of issues that make it annoying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So I'm with you, I would try this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • jeromenerf 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can run "gnome-flashback" somehow below i3 using https://github.com/i3-gnome/i3-gnome

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is nothing too complicated, just a session with the right components selected to provide whatever services you need: display management, screen locking, WiFi, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Galanwe 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I did start using i3 with Xephyr (Xnest at the time) inside gnome. That could be something you want to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It basically allows you to have a X11 window running i3 inside your usual gnome session. While in full-screen, that gave me a gnome workspace that was effectively i3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • anotheryou 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I want 2/3rd 1/3rd tiling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • nsonha 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when is this material crap gonna die? There are gaps everywhere who wants more gaps in their DE?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • jeromenerf 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do. I don’t need them when every pixel counts but I think they are useful If not pleasing in many cases.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That’s why I created what I believe was the first tiling wm "useless gaps" patch for dwm 10 years ago. Since then, it has been adopted by other wm, i3 being a notable exception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don’t use a DE, but I guess a little space between those fat bars and backdrop’d windows might help to see through the bloat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • nsonha 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was referring more to the excessive padding in material design in general, but yeah I'm not a fan of gaps so pairing that with gaps in tilling seems extra bloated to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • jeromenerf 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yes, I see what you mean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have yet to see an enjoyable material design app. With the same underlying motivations, I have better appreciation of Apple iOS interface guidelines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • mmcnl 13 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's much to love about Linux but the desktop experience is terrible. Windows and macOS are lightyears ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • dddw 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wow that looks pretty darn great... installing on Fedora silverblue right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • matt_f 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love this. <3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • d2161 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So it's not a shell but a theme?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • monkin 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly it’s a material design, one of the worst design frameworks out there. And, it is used contrary to its purpose on all possible levels without any understanding of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • scott31 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            > Sadly it’s a material design, one of the worst shits out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please don't post shallow dismissals, especially of other people's work. A good critical comment teaches us something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • rvz 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But actually it's true. Before, It was once great on Android but now it has been abused on the Web, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop apps, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is the new Bootstrap, but inconsistent and worse every where else apart from its use in Android apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • rswail 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed. I think Material as a design is flawed because the affordances to discover features are limited. It's OK for phones with small screens, but Material on a website on a desktop puts everything inside a hamburger or a gear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • monkin 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah... No. There’s no point repeating the same information about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • cheph 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With how horrible Gnome 3 is to use I guess nothing can be worse, though I'm sure just like gnome 3 it will also randomly crash every 15 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • pmontra 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anecdotally (1.5 years of usage) Gnome 3 doesn't crash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • mcny 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The trick to not have gnome 3 crash (at least when I was on Ubuntu 18.04?) was to NOT connect it to heavy online accounts like if you have three google accounts all of which are perpetually teetering on the edge of your storage capacity of 15GB (or 17, if you did the security checkup) then the "factories" of Gnome will work themselves to death trying to synchronize everything. But we can't tell people "Just don't connect gnome to any online account if $special_conditions" feels like a gotcha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone even use gnome online services?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • deforciant 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have it connected to 4 accounts with a lot of data/events, over ~3 years nothing happened. I did encounter crashes initially due to some nvidia driver issue :| and another time due to my ram stick, otherwise it's more stable than macos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • vladvasiliu 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've had it connected to Business Google Drive subscription with a ton (>1TB) of data on it. Never had any problems. Didn't ask it to sync locally though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't know which exact version it was, but I was using Ubuntu 20.04 at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • pmontra 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I for sure don't connect it to anything. Nice to know it's calling for troubles to do it. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SSLy 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            >Does anyone even use gnome online services?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do have two google accounts and one MS enabled in GOA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • alex_duf 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What desktop/os do you use as your daily driver?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • wayneftw 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            XFCE here, for the same reason - I've been trying out Gnome since the early 2000s and it's always been a bug-ridden, bloated pig. Meanwhile XFCE is simple, lightweight and it just works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ziotom78 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After having tried Gnome and KDE, I switched back to XFCE last year, and I don't regret the decision.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • cheph 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                XFCE on RHEL8 (work) and Fedora 32 (home)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • rvz 14 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              > Designed to simplify navigation and reduce the need to manipulate windows in order to improve productivity. It's meant to be 100% predictable and bring the benefits of tools coveted by professionals to everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh dear. Now I remember why I keep using macOS which actually does it better than 'this'.