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User Interface Flexibility

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Suggest that you maintain and support the 11.x versions along parallel lines with 12.x versions.

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Having just upgraded my openSUSE-11.3 to 1.4 on my Compaq Presario V2000, and performed a test installation of 12.1 on another Compaq laptop of the same model, I would like to suggest that both versions, 2.x and 3x, of the Gnome desktop be made available and maintained. I can see how someone who is not real techie or geekie might appreciate how Gnome 3.x, by default, hides the system from them. There are no doubt a lot of people who really like that feature. For me, that "feature" is one of the reasons I dumped KDE4. I liked KDE3 because it didn't hide the system from me and, at that time, Gnome 2 did. Then, the situation changed. Gnome came out and KDE hid. Now, both KDE and Gnome are hiding with KDE4 and Gnome 3. I like Gnome 2.x with Compiz, Cairo Dock, and Screenlets. That's my interface and distributions that implement desktops which it impossible to use those three items (such as Gnome 3 does) end up losing me as a user. I'm sure that I'm not alone in this. Everything else about openSUSE, (I don't know about dual-head - I couldn't get it to work with Nvidia cards, but Mandrivia's 2010.2 did), is wonderful. It installs easily and the defaults work well with most hardware (Except Nvidia, where that idiotic Nouveau driver is used), including WiFi. Anyhow, this is about the desktop application.

If you have no intention of making Gnome 2.x available to openSUSE 12.x, maybe you could maintain and support the 11.x along parallel lines so those of us who like Gnome 2.x could stick with openSUSE instead of having to change our lives (yet again) because our distro has tossed us under the proverbial bus.

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icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

Gnome 2.x is dead, sorry. Any other distribution using Gnome 2.x is either going to switch to 3.x or is relying on dead code without any future fixes or security updates. KDE 4 doesn't hide anything from the user; Gnome is the desktop with the history of removing features in favor of simplicity. You could easily move your task bar to the top window, install Cairo Dock and use KDE plasmoids and -voila!- have everything you liked about Gnome 2.x along with much more modern features. Alternatively you could use XFCE (also available with the OpenSUSE install DVD) that is Gnome 2.x "lite". A third option is using the "Cinnamon" shell Mint is developing which makes Gnome 3 work like Gnome 2 did.

It's not the distro that tossed you under the bus; it was Gnome. You can't blame OpenSUSE for the radical interface changes. OpenSUSE doesn't have the resources to maintain an entire desktop environment by itself, which is what you are asking it to do in either version of your proposal. Even the Gnome people themselves acknowledged that the Gnome 2.x codebase had become unwieldy and very difficult to maintain, and they wrote it! Between XFCE, KDE, LXDE and Cinnamon, you have a lot of options open to you for a more traditional desktop environment. I'd still suggest giving KDE a try, because you seem to have it confused with some other desktop environment.

icons/user_comment.png M. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

Well, one of these days, I may actually learn to keep my opinions and my thoughts to myself.

icons/user_comment.png M. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

Actually, as the above is typical of the reactions I get to ideas and suggestions, whoever is responsible for this thing should feel free to delete the entire message thread.

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

>Actually, as the above is typical of the reactions I get to ideas and
>suggestions,
Filled with detailed information to help you since we both know at heart that what you wanted wasn't feasible? Then you'll hate the idea I just had that you could also pick up a copy of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, which being less frequently updated, is still using Gnome 2.x.
You weren't being attacked, but what you're asking for isn't going to happen. All of this was debated between 11.4 and 12.1 and the OpenSUSE people already explained to people that they didn't have the resources to maintain Gnome 2.x so they had to move to 3.x. That case is closed no matter how anyone feels about it.I can't imagine they'd decide to roll back that decision now as they near the first Milestone release of 12.2.
Oooh... one last idea for you. There's a "Project Evergreen" which is an attempt by a group of people to turn an edition of OpenSUSE into a "long term support" release (this is something the OpenSUSE people already discussed and turned down, including a feature request here on OpenFate, because it would take away resources from developing new editions and because the commercial version, SLED and SLES, IS the long-term release edition). I believe they are maintaining OpenSUSE 11.1 and possibly 11.2 with their own set of repositories.
The link is at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Evergreen

I don't know how I can be of any more help, or how much more completely misinterpreted my help can be. OpenSUSE didn't change your interface, and I didn't make OpenSUSE decide on 18-month support or using Gnome 3. XFCE, Cinnamon, SLED and Evergreen certainly seem like a bunch of great options for someone whose only hope before was a feature request.

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