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[openFATE 313180] User Interface Flexibility
Feature changed by: Joseph Mitzen (duncreg)
Feature #313180, revision 6
Title: User Interface Flexibility

openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Michael McCarrey (wa7qzr)
Partner organization:

Suggest that you maintain and support the 11.x versions along parallel
lines with 12.x versions.

Business case (Partner benefit): Having just upgraded my openSUSE-11.3 to 1.4 on my Compaq
Presario V2000, and performed a test installation of 12.1 on another
Compaq laptop of the same model, I would like to suggest that both
versions, 2.x and 3x, of the Gnome desktop be made available and
maintained. I can see how someone who is not real techie or geekie
might appreciate how Gnome 3.x, by default, hides the system from them.
There are no doubt a lot of people who really like that feature. For
me, that "feature" is one of the reasons I dumped KDE4. I liked KDE3
because it didn't hide the system from me and, at that time, Gnome 2
did. Then, the situation changed. Gnome came out and KDE hid. Now, both
KDE and Gnome are hiding with KDE4 and Gnome 3. I like Gnome 2.x with
Compiz, Cairo Dock, and Screenlets. That's my interface and
distributions that implement desktops which it impossible to use those
three items (such as Gnome 3 does) end up losing me as a user. I'm sure
that I'm not alone in this. Everything else about openSUSE, (I don't
know about dual-head - I couldn't get it to work with Nvidia cards, but
Mandrivia's 2010.2 did), is wonderful. It installs easily and the
defaults work well with most hardware (Except Nvidia, where that
idiotic Nouveau driver is used), including WiFi. Anyhow, this is about
the desktop application.
If you have no intention of making Gnome 2.x available to openSUSE 12.
x, maybe you could maintain and support the 11.x along parallel lines
so those of us who like Gnome 2.x could stick with openSUSE instead of
having to change our lives (yet again) because our distro has tossed us
under the proverbial bus.

#1: Joseph Mitzen (duncreg) (2012-01-31 00:21:24)
Gnome 2.x is dead, sorry. Any other distribution using Gnome 2.x is
either going to switch to 3.x or is relying on dead code without any
future fixes or security updates. KDE 4 doesn't hide anything from the
user; Gnome is the desktop with the history of removing features in
favor of simplicity. You could easily move your task bar to the top
window, install Cairo Dock and use KDE plasmoids and -voila!- have
everything you liked about Gnome 2.x along with much more modern
features. Alternatively you could use XFCE (also available with the
OpenSUSE install DVD) that is Gnome 2.x "lite". A third option is using
the "Cinnamon" shell Mint is developing which makes Gnome 3 work like
Gnome 2 did.
It's not the distro that tossed you under the bus; it was Gnome. You
can't blame OpenSUSE for the radical interface changes. OpenSUSE
doesn't have the resources to maintain an entire desktop environment by
itself, which is what you are asking it to do in either version of your
proposal. Even the Gnome people themselves acknowledged that the Gnome
2.x codebase had become unwieldy and very difficult to maintain, and
they wrote it! Between XFCE, KDE, LXDE and Cinnamon, you have a lot of
options open to you for a more traditional desktop environment. I'd
still suggest giving KDE a try, because you seem to have it confused
with some other desktop environment.

#2: Michael McCarrey (wa7qzr) (2012-01-31 04:15:54) (reply to #1)
Well, one of these days, I may actually learn to keep my opinions and
my thoughts to myself.

#3: Michael McCarrey (wa7qzr) (2012-01-31 04:27:29)
Actually, as the above is typical of the reactions I get to ideas and
suggestions, whoever is responsible for this thing should feel free to
delete the entire message thread.

+ #4: Joseph Mitzen (duncreg) (2012-01-31 06:15:22) (reply to #3)
+ >Actually, as the above is typical of the reactions I get to ideas and
+ >suggestions, Filled with detailed information to help you since we
+ both know at heart that what you wanted wasn't feasible? Then you'll
+ hate the idea I just had that you could also pick up a copy of SUSE
+ Linux Enterprise Desktop, which being less frequently updated, is still
+ using Gnome 2.x. You weren't being attacked, but what you're asking for
+ isn't going to happen. All of this was debated between 11.4 and 12.1
+ and the OpenSUSE people already explained to people that they didn't
+ have the resources to maintain Gnome 2.x so they had to move to 3.x.
+ That case is closed no matter how anyone feels about it.I can't imagine
+ they'd decide to roll back that decision now as they near the first
+ Milestone release of 12.2. Oooh... one last idea for you. There's a
+ "Project Evergreen" which is an attempt by a group of people to turn an
+ edition of OpenSUSE into a "long term support" release (this is
+ something the OpenSUSE people already discussed and turned down,
+ including a feature request here on OpenFate, because it would take
+ away resources from developing new editions and because the commercial
+ version, SLED and SLES, IS the long-term release edition). I believe
+ they are maintaining OpenSUSE 11.1 and possibly 11.2 with their own set
+ of repositories. The link is at
+ I don't know how I can be of any more help, or how much more completely
+ misinterpreted my help can be. OpenSUSE didn't change your interface,
+ and I didn't make OpenSUSE decide on 18-month support or using Gnome 3.
+ XFCE, Cinnamon, SLED and Evergreen certainly seem like a bunch of great
+ options for someone whose only hope before was a feature request.

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