This is a patch for
and it hasn’t yet arrived in Master. That means it might change before it arrive in 3.10, but since it follows the designs there is high chance to see it in 3.10 as it is in the bellow figure.
Notifications menu will possible get some more options
From now on, you won’t be able to right click or long press anywhere on the message tray to open the Notifications Menu. You can only click on the this icon (button) on the left.
The way I see it, GNOME3 is trying to reduce the areas that user can interact with the interface and they (gnome) also set lots of fixed items positions (like the system icons on the top bar). In some degree GNOME is trying to reduce the number of actions a user can take in general.
That makes perfect sense for users to get used to GNOME’s way (do things faster/best way), and for GNOME to get more control over the workflow of the platform (easier to improve things through feedback).
And I know of course there are many annoyances (usability bugs), but GNOME’s interface is constantly evolving and tries to fix user’s complains in each release.
What I can’t understand is this habit of GNOME3 to force users to travel long distances with the mouse in order to use common tasks.
- In GNOME3 prior to version 3.8, you had to open Applications Overview from the top-left side of the screen, but for picking a category you should go all the way on the right side.
- In GNOME 3.8+ for opening an application you should go all the way top to enter the overview, and then -almost- all the way down to the 9-Dots Icon.
- In GNOME 3.10 you can see the notification in the bottom right, but for clearing them you should go all the way on the left edge of the screen.
- In not full screen windows (which are we usually arrange in the middle of the screen), you need to go all the way up to access their menus (Gmenu/Application Menu).
And then the critics come about the hard long road out of touch screens that GNOME is taking. And my answer is actually a question.
What is this thing that distinguish Desktops from Touch Devices other than motion sensors? Most screens are going to get touch capabilities anyway.
It isn’t even about size, there are touch screens bigger than Desktops screens. Besides Win 8 works in both platforms (actually is one platform) , Chrome OS the same, the 1 Billions Web-Sites the same, Android works with a Keyboard, many applications can work both in touch and with keyboard/mouse combination.
On the other hand, one the strongest points of GNOME3 is that excels with keyboard and shortcuts. So whatever thing GNOME Team do, that I don’t really fancy, as long as they provide me a Keyboard Navigation I’ll be fine.