Mr James wrote:Gnome, Unity, and Windows 8 seem to disagree. Your PC should act like a phone from now on, according to them.
After all the criticism of Unity in Ubuntu, it is ironic that the new GNOME proved to suck just as much. Shuttleworth was right:
Embracing those other ideas and allowing them to compete happily and healthily is the only way to keep the innovation they bring inside your brand. Otherwise, you’re doomed to watching them innovate and then having to “relayout” your own efforts to keep up [...]
I just wonder who wants those new innovations. Judging from the comments in this thread (among others), it doesn't seem like it's what the users really want. I think it's the politician syndrome: some elite that is entirely disconnected from the needs of average people unilaterally makes all the important decisions.
I switched to Xfce about the time when I realized that you don't have to use GNOME (Windows refugee). Not that I'm using it now, but it's not bad. In my opinion, it should be the Debian default. People apparently like it and it runs much better than GNOME on old hardware.