For a better GNOME user experience we'll need a GNOME OS. I agree with +Lionel Dricot
Last week, I've tested Unity (see ). Unity has some good ideas but I realized that Unity was, in the end, only trying to patch the good old desktop in what I call "a bottom-top approach" (see ).

On the other end, GNOME shell is trying to reinvent the way we use our desktop. What you are currently seeing is only the beginning and there are some very ambitious ideas in the pipeline (like ).

But we should be honest with ourselves: GNOME 3 has received a lot of bad critics and is not that popular (see, for example,3155-27.html ).

I've identified two main problems that are currently hurting the GNOME image: lack of communication about design choices and lack of good integration with the OS.

Improving communications about design

Let's take one unfamous example: the fact that shutting down your computer is hidden behind an ALT press. Most of the users complain about this. But none of them took the time to understand why it is like that and why it is not fixed if it is so trivial to fix.

Is that an user's fault? Of course not. The fault lies on the GNOME project itself which lacked a clear communication about that.

I decided to help on my small scale and I took for granted that people were complaining about a lot of things which, in the end, could be reduced to a very small list of annoyances.

I created a wiki page for that:

The goal of that page is simple: if something is really annoying for you in GNOME shell, instead of being alone in the dark or trying to understand tenths of bug reports, so simply go to this page. Chances are that your annoyance is already listed and, with it, the reasons behind this annoyance, the currently proposed solutions, etc.

Experience showed that people will accept a lot more the hassle if they understand why they need to. Typical example: you are locked in a train which stopped for no apparent reason. After two hours, people will become completely mad. But a simple announcement is done saying "There was an accident on the line in front of us. We will have to wait until the line is free to continue", people will become patient and calm down for a couple of hours.

If you are cursing GNOME dev for the lack of Shutdown in the menu, the answer is there ;-)

OS integration

As I noted in , on of the biggest problem of GNOME 3 is that there is none user friendly/wide audience distribution with a well integrated GNOME.

It goes beyond that: GNOME 3 is so ambitious that it doesn't make sense to just drop it on top of an existing OS. GNOME has to become the OS just like Unity is now the face of Ubuntu ( ).

That's why some GNOMErs had the idea of GnomeOS:

All my blog posts gave me the opportunity to read a lot of different opinions. And I must admit that mine is now crystal clear: we need GnomeOS: GNOME cannot exist longer in its current form without GnomeOS.

The question is: who volunteer to work on this project? How do we start such a project? How do we take the first decisions (like deciding if it will be DEB or RPM based)? How do you think that GnomeOS could happen?
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