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[opensuse-gnome] Pet Peeves in GNOME
  • From: Atri Bhattacharya <badshah400@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:41:44 +0530
  • Message-id: <1279008704.5339.30.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I hope this is taken in the right spirit, but I wanted to list a few of
my pet peeves with the GNOME desktop in openSUSE. I want to do this so
that I can help get these fixed [by tracking in upstream bugs, openSUSE
bugs or trying to see if I can fix them so on], hopefully by the next
release. I think it would be a good thing to list the minor problems
GNOME users face generally or in openSUSE alone, and I will list them
somewhere in the Wiki [probably just in my user page first], so that we
can start looking into these issues very early for the next version of

Let us just keep this list to minor usability issues, so that something
like "YaST-GTK vs YaST-QT [Redux]" is probably not very contextual.

My pet peeves:-

1. openSUSE: Notification/tooltip theme in openSUSE
-- openSUSE 11.3 comes out in a couple of days, but it still uses the
same notification/tooltip theme used in the earlier versions. Fedora 13
and Ubuntu 10.04 on the other hand have moved to a much more elegant
tooltip/notification theme [see
which does add some beauty to the desktop.

2. Upstream: Icon scrambling in the desktop
-- Too often something like this happens: insert USB disk, safely remove
USB disk, create a document "X" in the desktop (around the same location
where the USB disk icon was), and re-insert USB disk. The USB-disk icon
and the X icon appear on top of each other, making it impossible to
click on one without dragging the icon of the other to some other place
in the desktop.

3. openSUSE: The menu thing (bug 595912), but that looks fixed in

4. openSUSE: CD drive getting locked in by the GNOME desktop
-- Happens only in GNOME, and not on KDE. Also does not happen in

Please let me know your pet peeves about the GNOME desktop in this


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