The final version of Gnome 3.0 was released a few days ago. This was much awaited as it brings many changes in organization of work. Indeed, with Gnome 3.0, everything revolves around the notion of activity rather than virtual desktops. The user starts well in one or more activities (eg Internet, music, office …) and can then switch between them, thanks to the Windows key on the keyboard for example.
Gnome 3.0 developers are hopping to get a head start on the competition by offering users a modern working environment and efficient.
More generally, here are the main changes in Gnome 3.0:
- a new desktop interface.
- a new interface for the file manager.
- messaging is completely integrated into the desktop. The instant messages appear as pop-ups at the bottom of the screen. You may reply directly.
- a notification system that records alerts until the user reads them.
- a new way to create workspaces is available (see video).
- all features are accessible from the keyboard.
- icons can’t be added to desktop.
- windows cannot be resized easely.
If you want to test Gnome 3.0 now, you can use one of two LiveCDs available on the official website (version OpenSUSE or Fedora). ISOs do not work very well with VirtualBox (graphics driver problem).
You can also install Gnome 3.0 on Ubuntu 11.04, using the following command lines:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome3-session
Warning, this PPA is experimental and is not compatible with Unity.