|Shell Main Screen|
The biggest change in GNOME 3 is of course the GNOME 3 Shell. This has gotten several changes, updates, and other revisions through its development. Since then, however, a GNOME 3 fallback mode has also been added. One of the common complaints about GNOME 3 has been that the new Mutter WM requires 3D effects to work correctly, and not all computers have this, especially older ones. This is where GNOME 3 fallback mode comes in, so in addition to trying out GNOME 3 Shell, I have also tried GNOME 3 fallback mode.
|Fallback Main Screen + |
Calendar Applet +
User Profile Menu Applet
|Shell Epiphany + Gedit + ALT+TAB Switcher|
|Shell Activities Windows Screen|
|Shell Activities Applications Search + |
User Profile Menu Applet
One nice aesthetic change is that of the tab design: in applications like Nautilus, Gedit, and Epiphany, the tabs have nice slanted designs, akin to how tabs look in Chromium. It's a nice change from bland rectangular tabs, but that may just be me.
|Shell Nautilus + Workspace Switcher Animation|
Speaking of other applications, Nautilus seems to have included one improvement from the Elementary mod, and that is the reorganization of the side pane, which is a welcome improvement. Epiphany seems a lot more stable and fast than before, which is good. Cheese Webcam Booth seems to have improved as well with enough effects to make it Apple PhotoBooth's equal. Unfortunately, it crashed every time I tried to take a picture; that's not good.
The Control Center, now known as System Settings, has been reorganized and revamped and now looks a lot like a simpler version of the KDE 4 System Settings program, which is not a bad thing. This is also how I switched into fallback mode.
|Shell: What Titlebars and Menubars Should Look Like|
In terms of other aesthetics, the menus are now all plain white instead of black and shiny to better accommodate older graphics cards. Similarly, the ALT+TAB switcher looks like it did in GNOME 2.X instead of the shiny new theme in GNOME 3 Shell. Also, as the traditional desktop paradigm is present, so are the window buttons to maximize and minimize windows. Otherwise, the fallback desktop does a good job of accommodating older computers while preserving many of the improvements in GNOME 3.
One issue that occurred when switching to fallback mode is that when I tried opening Gedit, it crashed. Thankfully, that was the only time that happened.
|Fallback Main Menu + Nautilus + Gedit|