A few days ago I decided to upgrade one of my laptops to the current alpha (soon to be beta) of Fedora 18. There have been a lot of changes to Gnome with the 3.6 release and there have been may critics of these changes. I actually want to stand-up and say that I am a happy Gnome 3 user, I've used it since way before 3.0 was released and am impressed with some of the changes in 3.6.
Most of the things I like in Gnome 3.6 are subtle changes. For example I am British but all my laptops come from the US with US keyboard layouts. Whilst docked I connect a UK keyboard to them. Gnome 3 supports multiple keyboards but I usually find that after I unlock the screen it has reverted back to the default layout. Now not only does this not happen but the new settings for it make it easy to set key bindings to switch layouts.
I don't yet know whether this is a Gnome thing or a Fedora thing, but I spend most of my time connected to a work OpenVPN server. The NetworkManager icon now shows 2 icons, one with WiFi (showing signal) and one showing that I'm connected to a VPN.
- The printers section of System Settings can now configure the printer correctly
- The mouse/touchpad settings screen appears to have been re-designed. It has more settings but all of them appear to be useful
- By popular demand there is now a "Power off" option by default instead of "Suspend". Hitting the alt key shows "Suspend" instead so they have been switched.
- WiFi connections are ordered by strength, not name! (many thanks for fixing that one guys)
- Maximizing nautilus hides the title bar (not that I use it maximized often)
- The clock still doesn't support multiple simultaneous timezones yet