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Red Hat Confirms GNOME Classic Mode For RHEL 7 192

An anonymous reader writes "The H-Online is reporting that the upcoming RHEL 7 will use GNOME Classic Mode over Gnome Shell as its Default Desktop GUI. Speaking to TechTarget ahead of the 2013 Red Hat Summit, Red Hat engineering director Denise Dumas said this regarding the decision: "I think it's been hard for the Gnome guys, because they really, really love modern mode, because that's where their hearts are." She added that the same team had "done a great job putting together classic mode" and that it was eventually decided to use it in favour of the more radical modern interface to spare customers the effort of relearning their way around the desktop again."
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Red Hat Confirms GNOME Classic Mode For RHEL 7

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  • Fonts (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13, 2013 @10:09AM (#43995215)

    The fonts are a mess on that screenshot. How does that not hurt anyone's eyes?

  • Luddites (Score:2, Informative)

    by nten ( 709128 ) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @10:32AM (#43995517)

    It isn't a tablet interface. It is a more efficient desktop interface. I wish I could get it on my workstations where I work, I am much more productive in it. With the initial release I had the same complaint as most everyone, that when you selected terminal (or any app) the second time it just took you to the first instance. I tried holding control while I selected it thinking that would obviously start a second instance, but it did not. But the second release they added the control thing and it is essentially my perfect UI. I think they could use a little more intelligence with the smart docking, but other than that nothing.

    Using it for a tablet I would find very rough, every time I start an app I'm typing its name and hitting enter, (I remove all the favorites, I don't like clicky icons and you can't have one for everything you might run anyway), and text entry on a tablet is universally painful until they get the speech thing to work robustly.

  • Re:Translation..... (Score:4, Informative)

    by JDG1980 ( 2438906 ) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @11:01AM (#43995943)

    Yeah, this poisonous trend is baked deeply into the school of "UI design". It is now an article of faith among UI designers that letting the users choose is a bad thing. It should be the designers making a choice, and that should not only be the default setting, but the only setting. This article [], written by Joel Spolsky way back in 2000, gives some insight into what these people are thinking when they take choices away from users.

  • Re:GNOME (Score:4, Informative)

    by frost_knight ( 885804 ) <> on Thursday June 13, 2013 @11:50AM (#43996711) Homepage

    If you're performing a new install of Debian and want it to use xfce as your desktop right from the start, edit the install cd boot command and add the following:


    Or you can go to Avanced Options and choose xfce.

    Then your system will be configured for xfce from the get-go.

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