Canonical Ubuntu splits from GNOME over design issues

Cristopher Thomas crisnoh at
Thu Oct 28 23:05:19 UTC 2010

On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 00:58, Bill <beau at> wrote:
> After how many years with Gnome being almost like M$ but still different
> enough to be better than M$...

Yep, that's exactly what I thought the first time I booted into a
Gnome environment.  "Wow, thank God.  This looks exactly like the
Windows shell I've been using all this time."

Dual-panels, completely different menu system, virtual desktops,
point-to-focus...  Outside of basic design principles that virtually
every desktop environment has used since Xerox Alto, what part of
Gnome is, as you claim, designed to imitate the Windows desktop shell?

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