[Review] A Couple of Thoughts of Fedora 23 and GNOME 3.18

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil-‘alamin. Wa shallallaahu ‘alaa Muhammad.

Today with two posts in a row. And now in this section, I’m going to share my thoughts about Fedora 23 and GNOME 3.18 that was released a couple of days ago. Without further a do, here they are.

GNOME 3.18.1 @Fedora 23
My (not the default setup of) Fedora 23 desktop.

GNOME 3.18

Plus and minus of the Updates

Nautilus

+ Aesthetically neater (new popover rename file/folder; all-in-one file transfer process; better icon layouting: 150-200% zoom now displayed more compact; external drives are grouped under a one tab)

Brand new popover (previously was inline) filename-edit brings an aesthetic to GNOME desktop.
Brand new popover (previously was inline) filename-edit brings an aesthetic to GNOME desktop.

+ Some additional features compared to previous version (inclusion of Google Drive; able to mount disk image without any additional tool)

– Some other features are teared down compared to previous version (no compact nor list mode; no option to set default icon percentage)

Teared down option in Nautilus. Seriously this is an upgrade and not a downgrade?
Teared down option in Nautilus. Seriously this is an upgrade and not a downgrade?

– External drives grouping sometimes slow-down our computing activity (it’s hard to tell so experience yourself)

Grouped external drives. Neat but cumbersome.
Grouped external drives. Neat but cumbersome.

– Still lack of features compared to the competitors (Dolphin, Konqueror, Nemo, even Windows Explorer)

GNOME Shell

+ Aesthetically neater (new calendar and event design in panel; more compact aggregate-menu)

– Drop-down menu of the shell doesn’t support scrolling.

Can't go any further. This popover menu doesn't scroll.
Can’t go any further. This popover menu doesn’t scroll.

– GNOME Settings (Control Center) still lacks of customization features. Need Tweak Tool for additional companion. (Background setting: unable to browse picture deeply into folders directly from the setting menu)

Only ONE default place for wallpapers. Seriously?
Only ONE default place for wallpapers. Seriously?

– GNOME shell ‘box-shadow’ support is now GONE (this issue started from GNOME 3.18.1)

Other Core Apps

+ Empathy could still connect to Facebook chat.

+ Gedit has less option yet still functional and becomes less cluttered.

+ Calendar has ability to synchronize with Google Calendar.

+ Newer apps (Notes, Calendar, Todo, Weather, Clock) do have a clean interface.

+ Rhythmbox could browse SoundCloud.

– Some applications (Empathy, Evolution) have not been updated yet since 3.12.

– Evolution is too bulky and cluttered.

– Notes (aka Bijiben) is sometimes unstable: unable to start and forced close.

DNF Package Manager

+ Fast during repository check.

DNF in terminal in my experience is faster than apt-get (Ubuntu) and zypper (openSUSE). ...
DNF in terminal in my experience is faster than apt-get (Ubuntu) and zypper (openSUSE). …

+ Able to recognize package dependencies: unused dependencies will also be uninstalled if the main app is removed.

– GUI (yumex-dnf) is somewhat lag behind the competitors (synaptic, YaST)

... yet the GUI is, I'm sorry, so not intuitive. What's that gear symbol for?
… yet the GUI is, I’m sorry, so not intuitive. What’s that gear symbol for?

 

Summary

Fedora 23 works pretty okay for my day-to-day use (studying, writing, watching movies, surfing the internet, graphic design, etc.) and has replaced the already old openSUSE 13.2 from being my primary operating system (the secondary one is Windows 10). Up and down-side may always exist in any operating system and I think those in Fedora 23 are still tolerable, at least for now.

 

End of section.

Hope to Allah this post will be useful for the development of the software and the rest.

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