With Gnome 3.6 still being on beta (3.5.90), the discussions about the features of the upcoming 3.8 have already begun. It is not surprising that the first feature that is under examination is Fallback Mode.
Fallback seems low-maintained and not lot of people using it.
Fallback Mode 3.6
I was thinking to review fallback mode in 3.6, but there isn’t anything really to review. It seems exactly the same as 3.4 with no new features but just with some bugfixes. Clutter isn’t working there (modal animations, etc), notifications are on top right and there isn’t a bubble chat.
However Fallback is important as some BSDs using it.
Vincent analyzes the issues with Fallback
- Nearly nobody actively tests it
- It’s in maintenance mode (no new features for the core, but bug fixes go in), with no active development since nobody is stepping up (and some required parts, like polkit-gnome, are even not maintained at all)
- Several apps now require clutter and can’t work in fallback mode (totem, audio/video UI in empathy, cheese, etc.)
- Some changes in our architecture require additional work to keep things somewhat working in fallback, even though they won’t offer the full experience
You can always watch all the new features and discussions of Gnome 3.8 from the ThreePointSeven page in Gnome Live