GNOME3 and au revoir WAS: systemd: please stop trying to take over the world :)

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Fri Jun 17 01:59:09 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-06-14 at 01:19 +0200, Henrik Wejdmark wrote:

> My impression is that GNOME3 is trying to compete with Android and FrontRow,
> but have forgotten all of us who still uses desktops/laptops. We don't have
> touch screens yet....

This is a common misapprehension, but it's not true. The reason for the
large icon grid is actually that the developers did real world user
research (yes, really!) and found that many people had significant
trouble navigating the typical Windows / GNOME 2 nested menu system full
of wide-but-short entries. They would lose levels in the nesting by
moving the mouse a bit wrong. They would launch the wrong thing because
the target area was too short. This was especially pronounced with poor
pointing devices - particularly cheap trackpads on cheap laptops.

The Giant Grid O' Icons is navigable with a much higher success rate.
Adam Williamson
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