GNOME Suggestions from 2006

At London LinuxWorld in October 2006, we had a stand promoting and discussing the GNOME project with visitors. As part of that stand, we collected ideas from people about what they liked and disliked about GNOME. While doing a spot of spring cleaning, I came across the dozens of post-it notes that people had written their suggestions on. Shame on me for not getting round to typing up the suggestions until now, but it actually makes for even more interesting reading to see what features and bugs have already been fixed.

  1. Browse mode as default
  2. Desktop search
  3. GNOME Evolution – pressing space bar marks messages as “read”. Button to go to next unread message
  4. Good menus
  5. Good integartion, smooth :-)
  6. GNOME-VFS is too specific :-(
  7. Software I can use without thinking about it! Love it!
  8. Need IDE with good debugging support
  9. Centralised location for editing application associations
  10. Better thumbnail cache use. e.g. delete thumbs not used for 30 days
  11. Needs to be more geeky
  12. GConf on NFS-homed rollhout (universtity) between Solaris/GNOME
  13. Good – slick system; Bad – missing certain functions
  14. File save expansion sucks :-(
  15. Tabs in nautilus
  17. It’s Free!
  18. Make windows codecs easier to use and install. WMVs, DVDs, & co, should be a single install tickbox
  19. Evolution – autosense IMAP/IMAPv4: who the fsck knows what the server is running, or cares?
  20. Make all desktop configuration scriptable
  21. Evolution: please implement “Reply and file” (to specific mailbox)
  22. Memory consumption
  23. Evolution: (Imap) please replicate locally as the tickbox says!
  24. (Love) Gstreamer integartion
  25. Scaling all desktop icons simulatonsusly
  26. (Love) Inkscape
  27. Does everything I need
  28. F-Spot rules
  29. Keyboard navigation in panel menu
  30. I like GNOME because cute guys work on the stand
  31. Configuration of GNOME :-(
  32. It actually works! Yay!
  33. So simple my 9 year old neice can use it! Keep it simple
  34. It does things my way
  35. Reset option for panel to restart from scratch
  36. Easy to install RPMs via Centros
  37. “Expose” & Just Works
  38. Why can’t I double click top-left corner to close a window (like Win, KDE, CDE, etc)
  39. Tomboy notes are cool!
  40. I (heart) GNOME ‘cos KDE sucxors!
  41. KDE FTW
  42. Extremely user friendly
  43. More examples in developer documentation, e.g. graphics
  44. Windowing is too chunkey, want more elegenat interface
  45. No alarm clock?
  46. Memory footprint. Library precaching
  47. I like how the menus are organised!
  48. I want to sync a Palm Tunsten T5
  49. DVB/T Freeuen card doesn’t work or is not easily configurable in Totem.
  50. File->open new users want a text field to click in before typing a filename

(Personally, I think number 30 is best)

4 thoughts on “GNOME Suggestions from 2006”

  1. No mention of thumbnails in the file open dialog? That’s surprising, but I guess that may explain why no one’s bothered to implement it for all these years.

  2. Can you make this a numbered list, so we can refer to them more easily?

    “Why can’t I double click top-left corner to close a window”

    You could, easily, but we choose not to implement it because you can also single-click top right even more easily, and that has no risk of mystifying new users as to why their document has vanished without explanation.

  3. Dear Microsoft,

    Please keep spatial mode as the default and remove browser mode altogether! Spatial mode encourages users away from GNOME, The Microsoft-blessed pollutant of free software.

  4. Dude you may think number 30 is the best, but unless it came from the rackspace girls chances are there’s a reason they didn’t want you to notice them writing it!

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