A few moments ago I have been doing some things in Ubuntu. I, who now almost always use KDE / Plasma, find it heavy. When I want to multitask, I see a "This app is not responding" message and the ability to force quit. It is something that I have seen very little in Linux and quite a bit in GNOME, but I have to say that I use it on a fairly discreet computer. Hence, you look back and remember what GNOME was like years ago.
I used Linux for the first time in the summer of 2006. I did it in a virtual machine, and Ubuntu I was going faster as a guest than my host Windows XP. When I found that I could live without the Microsoft system I switched to Linux, and at that time it was GNOME 2.6. It wasn't pretty, but it was fast and stable. My pointer stopped showing the icon that I was striving for, and I left my computer headaches and stress behind.
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GNOME 3.x does not suit discrete computers so well
When Canonical released Unity, many Linux users began to try alternatives. There was an official flavor called Ubuntu GNOME, but it disappeared when they returned to the desktop they still use today. Unity destroyed the computers that Ubuntu did work on days before, and with the return to GNOME it regained some speed. Something.
From the moment Ubuntu returned to GNOME, the desktop was used in the major version of the most popular Linux operating systems, including Debian and Fedora. Currently, about 40% use the desktop that we are talking about in this article, but also there are many of us who prefer something more customizable and make it run a little lighter.
The "Windows of Linux" ... somehow
Yes, in a way, GNOME is Linux Windows. Although I know that in this community there are people with knowledge and they do not stay in the first thing they are offered, I also know that there are many who stay in GNOME because it is "normal" in Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and even Manjaro offers it as a version official. Also, many computers that ship with Linux pre-installed do so with the major version of Ubuntu.
It also resembles Windows in that it is less customizable and heavier than other desks, like KDE / Plasma. My weakest laptop, the poor one with an i3, 4GB of RAM and a hard drive, doesn't move either Ubuntu or the Manjaro edition with GNOME at all. Every two by three I see the message that there is an application that is not responding, something rare to see in Plasma, Xfce or LXQt.
But beware, not everything in "Windows" is bad. It is easier to use, and in a decent team, by not offering so many options, you do not usually see the small bugs that we saw in the tons in the old versions of other desktops. Also, gestures from GNOME 40 onwards are something other projects envy.
Things will get better, but some of us will be left behind
GNOME has been taking steps forward in the latest versions, and in v40, in addition to gestures, it gained fluency, something that was even better in v41. In addition, next March they will include news such as the new screenshot tool that will also allow you to record videos, so we can't say it's a bad option. This article is not about that. It's about balance. On whether the simple and beautiful is better or the more complicated and less beautiful, but faster.
In part, this article is from someone who is envious. Someone jilted. Disenchanted. Someone who would like to use GNOME if it were faster on all their computers and applications were like KDE Gear. The latter is not 100% necessary, but I would like not to see those "Force Quit" messages.
In my opinionIf the project continues on this path, and even more so now that they have opened their "Circle" of apps, the most used desk might be the best too, at least for those with a decent average team. As for whether I'll use it as the main desktop, chances are, if KDE doesn't change some things like gestures. Of course, I will have to do it on my best laptop or when I remove the less powerful one.
I like it. And I dislike it. And, well, this article is an opinion piece.