Linux is at a turning point in its development. Linus Torvalds has just announced the next major kernel release will be version 3.0. And there’s GNOME 3. And then to throw some more into the mix, Unity with Ubuntu – in which Canonical is pushing ahead with development despite user resistance.
It seems we are entering a generation of young Linux users coming through the community that have a strong resistance to change. Change is innovation. And innovation is improving on the previous. At least that’s the way I try to view it!
So why are we seeing this new breed of Linux users so resistant to change? Is it because they are seasoned MS Windows users who have recently migrated to Linux and are stuck with old computing and desktop environment habits? Or is it the fact that the only desktop environment they have used has been GNOME 2 and it is what they believe to be a good desktop environment?
The truth is GNOME 2 was and still is a good desktop environment to use in Linux. But it’s also getting a little long in the tooth and starting to show its age. GNOME 3 should be viewed as a desktop refresh for GNOME users. And it should also be viewed as a more suitable environment for the computing tasks of today users.
While the more advanced and seasoned Linux users will simply mold and customize their Linux box to perfection and make it operate the way they want it to. After all, that’s what Linux is great for. At least it can be molded to suit any personal taste for any user. But the user has to have the will to make the change(s) in the first place.
Linux is free and open-source, take advantage of it. Embrace it.
While there has been no great announcement for drastic change from the KDE development team, they seem to be intent on sticking with the more traditional feel and layout of their desktop environment.
My suggestion to the stubborn GNOME 2 users who are resisting the change and innovation and don’t wish to give GNOME 3 or Unity a fair go, perhaps look at migrating to KDE, if you have not done so already. And if that doesn’t float your boat, there’s plenty of other desktop environments out there readily available for you to install.
Personally, I’m happy to be part of the development revolution that the Linux Community is currently entering. It’s fresh. And it’s exciting. And as long as I can have my Terminator Bash shell and Emacs window open on a cool and snappy desktop environment interface, I will remain a happy Linux user.