Fedora 16 And GNOME Shell: Tested And Reviewed

Posted by LordDCLXVI on Mar 20, 2012 8:31 PM EDT
Tom's Hardware; By Adam Overa
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Ubuntu and Mint don't want it; Linus called it an “unholy mess.” While most other distros are passing up or postponing GNOME Shell, Fedora is full steam ahead. Does Red Hat know something the rest of us don't? Or is GNOME 3 really as bad as everyone says?

This massive article amounts to a full blown guide to Fedora 16 “Verne” and complete dissection of GNOME Shell. It begins with an installation guide, which includes instructions for enabling 3rd party repos, proprietary graphics drivers, Wi-Fi, Flash, Java, multimedia codecs, and 32-bit libs. Next up is a guide to GNOME Shell, including customization options and methods to “fix” the Shell or mimic GNOME 2. Finally, Fedora is benchmarked against Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7.

The author makes a compelling case for why the GNOME Shell is so disastrous for the GNOME project, and just wrong for Fedora. While he surely adds to the voices criticizing GNOME Shell, he also points out that its extension system can actually empower distributors to create unique yet compatible experiences. As one of the most fair and constructive critiques of GNOME 3, it's definitely worth the read, and makes GNOME 3 worth a second look.

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