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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
  • Message-id: <AANLkTikukxTX4BGie4EcMY3_7MVrwHVrhICgmog_fJOZ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Atri Bhattacharya <badshah400@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi!
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
openSUSE.

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
http://static.arstechnica.com/assets/2010/03/ubuntu_darktheme-thumb-640xauto-12418.jpg
]
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.
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=613111

3. openSUSE: The menu thing (bug 595912), but that looks fixed in
Factory
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-packaging/2010-06/msg00013.html

4. openSUSE: CD drive getting locked in by the GNOME desktop
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=418944
-- Happens only in GNOME, and not on KDE. Also does not happen in
Fedora/Ubuntu.


+1
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
thread.



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
http://psankar.blogspot.com
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