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Re: [opensuse-gnome] Pet Peeves in GNOME
  • From: Sankar P <sankar.curiosity@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:26:30 +0530
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On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Atri Bhattacharya <badshah400@xxxxxxx> wrote:
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.

I actually prefer opaque tooltips. Sometimes the text is unreadable in
transparent backgrounds.

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

But I have never tried Ubuntu. So dont know if it is a oS only issue.

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

My pet peeves:

1) Inability to connect to wireless/VPN without using mouse
(networkmanager is not so a11y friendly imo)
2) Refresh the wireless network list, without having to manually
switch off the wireless button
3) I want to just see what is the time now in Nuremeberg and want to
close the calendar applet. A simple keyboard shortcut to toggle
between open/close of the calendar.
4) Calendar applet slowing things and waiting for eds interactions
(this should be configurable imo)
5) Ability to Select a different boot option while rebooting (Boot to
windows, different kernel etc.) (more of an enhancement request)
6) Less wallpapers . "Get more wallpapers from Internet" menu does not
give a easy workflow . (same problem with "get more themes")
7) User-unfriendly screensaver configuration dialog.

One more annoying issue is in Firefox (technically not GNOME issue),
The invalid security certificate accept workflow. This is a perfect
example of "how not to design a workflow" imo. With Chrome, it is just
one button-click "Proceed Anyway" (or something like that). Whereas,
in FF, we need to "Get Certificate", See some random animations,
Accept etc. I suggest my family/friends to use Chrome just because of
this one issue.

Most of the above issues are not oS specific. They are applicable in
upstream also. So, they are GNOME pet-peeves to be precise.

Sankar P
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