One of the most significant changes in Fedora 15 (Lovelock) is the introduction of GNOME 3. The new interface looks nicer and cleaner, as shown below:
The system setting is hide under the user name.
Windows (Formerly desktop workspace) and Applications hide under “Activities” on the top left hand corner. For “Places” you need to launch file manager.
According to Fedora website, most PC supports GNOME3. However, if your system hardware does not support GNOME 3, it will run GNOME 3 fallback mode which has the looks and appearance of older GNOME.
Some of the user still prefers the older looks because it requires less click. There are pros and cons of both type of interface.
- Screen looks cleaner and slicker.
- The workspace and shortcuts hides under the “Activities” menu. Extra click is require to launch your favorites.
GNOME 3 Fallback Mode
- Your workspace and shortcuts are one click away.
- The desktop looks more messy if you have created many shortcuts on the top bar.
Set GNOME 3 Fallback Mode as Default
For those who prefer to use the older looks of GNOME, you can force the system to run GNOME in Fallback mode.
- Select your username >> System Settings
- Select System Info
- Select Graphics (as shown) and set “Forced Fallback Mode” to ON
- Use the following command (single line):
$GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session session-name gnome-fallback
- Logout from GNOME and login again
- Please note that regardless of which mode you are running, anything you place in the desktop folder will not appear in your desktop anymore.
- To activate shutdown option, you need to click your username+Alt. The “Shutdown” option will replace “Suspend”.
Finally, I would like to note that I am still exploring GNOME 3. Your feedback is appreciated if I’ve made any errors. You can checkout the GNOME shell cheat sheet from here.