GNOME Shell 3.8.4 on Ubuntu 13.10 = gorgeous
Darn you Ubuntu! (he says, shaking his hands in the air).
Every time an update to a critical component is released that throws a wrench in my system (like yesterday's update to X), I decide between a couple options:
- Figure out problem, fix it.
- Revert package version or boot to previous kernel.
- Give up and switch to Fedora/Arch/??; however if a new verison of Ubuntu is out, I'll usually give it a go for one more shot.
So Xorg update yesterday rendered lappy unable to boot. 13.10 [Saucy] also just came out (good timing) so I went that route. I don't use Unity or any of the other fluff, I have been using Gnome pure since Gnome 3 came out (love it or hate it). I gotta say, this latest version is really seeing some polish. Nothing like hitting 1 button to get a smart-text field that always finds what I need, or launches any program. That has been there for a while, but now I get nice little thumbnails with files too.
Imagine a scenario: You get lots of mockups / images / PDFs / PSDs sent to you for projects and sure, you have a neat organized folder structure like projects/NAME/mockups etc, but really -- how much do you enjoy opening a file/folder explorer (nautilus) to dig that stuff out? Now, 1 key: Super (the *cough* Windows start key) and you get your quick "whatcha-up-to" snapshot w/ the smart text field. Type a bit of a file name and results start populating even w/ a thumbnail of the files. This new version also shows apps & files simultaneously while having a nice visual separation.
Keep it up Gnome! Best GUI in town.