Gnome 3 The first experience

I’m always trying out the latest features in Linux, so Gnome 3 could not stay behind.

Fedora 15 Alpha (note the Alpha) is the only Linux distribution with which I’m familiar, So I chose this one to install. The live image from Fedora 15 Alpha is only about 670MB. After a few minutes of downloading I flashed the ISO to an USB with unetbootin.

Fedora 15 boots nice an quickly. Again Fedora choose not to include any proprietary packages like MP3. So standard this distribution is completely open source. It’s not a problem to install MP3 thanks to “non-free plugins“.

The big moment we’ve all been waiting for is the Gnome 3. At this moment of writing I’ve only played aboutĀ  24 hours with the new Gnome interface. My first impression…. I Love the new interface. Comparing gnome 2 with gnome 3 is quite hard. Not to say impossible. The interface has changed completely.

The Gnome 3 interface is very fast and stable, even withouth the support of a graphical adapater. (I must say that on my pc (at home) the interface crashes! I don’t know wether this is gnome’s fault or fedora)

At first I thought the multiple desktop feature disappeared. No worries, I’ve found the multiple desktops again. In Gnome 2 the multiple desktops were horizontal. Now the multiple desktops are vertical.

Also now we’ve got unlimited desktops, when your last desktop is in use, Gnome 3 will automatic create a new desktop. Changing between the desktops is quite easy, in Gnome 2 we used crtl + alt + left or right, in Gnome 3 we use (I’m sure you can guess) crtl + alt + up or down.

Alt + Tab will give you all the applications, even this ones running on an other desktop. You can see when the application is running on an other desktop due the line that’s between the application. (Unfortunately I haven’t got a screen shot of this.

Fedora 15 still has a lot of packages that are crashing! However for now I haven’t got any problems with this release that are really disturbing.


When you start an application you get a message the moment the application has fully loaded. For gimp or something this is very useful. You can keep reading, or surfing or whatever! and once the application has loaded you get a nice message.

When you press the “Windows key” and choose “Applications” you get an overview of all the applications. On the left you see my favourite applications.

The fast chat from fedora…. Really nice. You don’t have to open a chat window any more to answer .

So far for this first post. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you like to see more, download the fedora and boot it up! You don’t even have to install it if you’re afraid of the “Alpha”.



4 Responses to “Gnome 3 The first experience”

  1. Michael Says:

    Awesome :D download is on the way ;)
    Thanks for this ‘first impression’ on fedora 15 + Gnome 3 :)

  2. yokke Says:

    You’re welcome!

    I’d say leave your first impressions here and keep me posted on how the Gnome 3 interface is running on your ATI card.

    My personal computer is running with the ATI 6950 and this seems to be a problem. My laptop is running with an IntelĀ® 965GM with the “standard experience” and has no problems at all (for now :D )

  3. Jeroen Says:

    Looks cool! Does remind me strongly of Unity on the Ubuntu netbook remix though…

  4. yokke Says:

    Indeed. But when we look to the roadmap of Gnome 3 and Unity we see that the development of Gnome 3 started earlier. Meaning that Unity looks like Gnome 3. Also Unity is based on Gnome 2.

    Ubuntu officially confirmed that Unity will be the new interface from now on. Which I personally regret. Because the interface is build on an old engine.

    I personally expect Ubuntu will change his mind because the community doesn’t like the decision.

    Also when we see just on performance, Gnome 3 is a lot faster then Gnome 2, which implies that Gnome 3 will be a lot faster than Unity. Once Ubuntu notebook remix was released last year I tested the interface and I must say, my notebook didn’t thought it was funny.

    I haven’t tested gnome 3 yet on my notebook, but I’m planning on doing this in the next couple of days, I’ll keep you posted.