gnome-terminal in F20 defaults to / for the initial directory

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Fri Dec 27 12:42:45 UTC 2013

On Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:02:29 -0500, Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> * Hit the top right corner with the pointer. Doesn't work. Hit it again. The  
> favourites bar slides in from the right. Yay.

Pressing the Meta-key (aka "Super"-key or "Windows"-key) is a more
convenient way, also just to get to the Activities overview screen.

Much better than moving the mouse long ways over the entire screen.
(Guess what I thought when during F20 development for a short time I had
to open the screenlock with a mouse gesture because no key would do it.)

Alt+TAB for switching through active windows as well as Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down
for switching virtual desktops still works, too.
> * A new minituarized window appears somewhere else on the screen.

Where should it appear instead? If there's enough free space on the screen
(not the Activities overview), at least the window doesn't overlap with
other windows. And it becomes the active window, too, when returning to
the screen (e.g. by pressing Meta-key).

> * Click it to move the input focus there.

A matter of taste. I'm still a fan of "focus follows mouse", so I don't
need to click windows to activate them.
> Versus:
> * Move the pointer to an icon on the desktop. Double click on it.

Works only if no windows hide those icons. Or else you need to unhide the
desktop first.
> WTF is wrong with Gnome? Don't answer that. It's a rhetorical question.

FWIW, I'm not here to defend it. I just use it (or more precisely, the
programs on the screen), and I'm glad the default GNOME Shell screen is
not overloaded with lots of applets and distraction anymore.

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