I know, as I type this post, the pane to my right is saying Your my topic is similar to… but it’s not, so I just want to throw it out into lounge so it can go OT and see where it leads without having to stay on the DE subject.
After reading so many complaints that the Gnome Project is trying to lock us into their system, I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Some Youtubers are even calling it the end of theming. It put me off trying out Gnome 42 for a while, but with Gnome Tweaks you can change a lot of stuff you don’t like. Anyway, I decided to spin it up in Gnome Boxes, to see what all the fuss is about and I don’t see what all the haters are on about.
@Scotty_Trees is working the Gnome way, and I must admit not having that maximize/minimize button feels wierd at first, but you do get used to it. Kind of like I had to get used to a single mouse button on Magic Mouse on the Mac, until I realised it can be changed (I am back to single button again). These days I don’t even notice it and I have been using a Magic Mouse since they released them. I guess you can get used to anything!
I wanted to try the vanilla approach to see if is Gnome 42 is any good for improving productivity. If a workflow leads to further degrees of free energy, then I am all for that because I see a computer as a tool not a toy. I don’t game, it’s a tool for putting food on the table.
So far, Gnome 42 is staying out of my way and I can get to whatever I need fast. That’s really all I expect from a DE, and it’s doing it better than any DE I have tested so far. Kudos to the Gnome team for sticking to their guns.
What about Plasma, I hear you say?
I did try out Plasma for a while and found it has far too many settings buried in more menus, that I just don’t care about or need. The last time I used KDE or was it Kool DE back then, it was klunky and crashed a lot. Now it looks like a sleek racing supersonic jet but with far too many controls for my liking. I’m sure you can get an efficient productivity from KDE, but it does get in my way, apart from maybe Yakuake with the F12 key.
Of course YMMV, depending on what you expect from a DE. For me, being a compulsive documenter, everything goes into Obsidian to build my lifelong Zettelkasten PKM (look it up) Thunderbird is my daily driver mail client, but it is heavily customized to my workflow with many aliases (identiities as they call them) and its sitting on one of the workspaces quietly doing it job as soon as I turn on the computer. as for browsing, Vivaldi is my browser for daily web work, and Firefox is for browsing sites securely and privately. Data harvesters/aggregators want to grab my personal details, so I run awesome extensions lie multi account containers to bifurcate my activities.
Anyway, that’s been my experience so far. What do you think about Gnome 42? Did it excite, disappoint or is it something you just HATE?