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

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Fri Jun 17 08:56:43 UTC 2011

Adam Williamson wrote:
> 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.

There are less radical solutions for these problems though, see e.g. KDE's 
Kickoff menu. (But I can't get used even to that, I use the classic menu 
which KDE Plasma also offers.)

        Kevin Kofler

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