Controlling, changing settings, fine tuning and bringing the system closer to your needs is a vital thing and a point of special attention for Gnome users and developers. Gnome’s default tool for completing the important task of setting your system is constantly evolving to fit user needs and make our life easier with more options, better functionality and greater abilities.
The upcoming 3.10 version will be an improvement in all sectors for the particular tool, but the success of this evolution can take form in nothing else than the actual redesign of some modules that are now more ergonomic, more functional and easier to work with. Here are some screens showing the new designs of the Date and Time, Displays, Universal Access menu and the Power settings:
Apart from the design changes, the 3.10 control center is much less prone to silly mistakes and crashes due to wrong or no longer existent files, keys and entries, more modern leaving behind obsolete libraries and porting to new ones, more consistent to Gnome as now it uses GtkHeaderBar as the window’s title bar and GtkSearchBar for the search entry, has hugely improved User Settings functionality and security issues and also supports Telepathy accounts on the On-Line Accounts module.
The control center has not yet reached the point of perfection and no matter what, there will always be people that need this setting or the other before this one or under that one, so there isn’t a way to cover every advanced need through this tool ever. What is a realistic goal though, is to create a tool that will offer the ability to configure all basic system settings according to modern users needs and to be able to do that fast and with minimum effort, and this version of Gnome’s control center is certainly heading fast towards that direction!