Testing Gnome 3.10.1 on openSUSE 13.1

Gnome Documents

It’s yet another great feature by the Gnome team which allows a user to view Google Docs documents through the app. In order to do so you need to add some account to the Online Accounts tools which offers integration with free and open ownCloud, Google, Facebook and many other services. Here I must repeat, even if you enable any such account, unlike Ubuntu Dash Gnome won’t be tracking any search queries that you run in overview.

There are many such features in Gnome which enhances the user experience and they don’t come in your way too. You can explore Gnome 3.10 by installing it on your PC.

The great thing about openSUSE (or I think any other distro) is that you can run both Gnome and KDE side by side and switch between them through login screen.

By offering Gnome 3.10.1, openSUSE team has once again showed that they are committed to offer the latest and the best from the free and open source software.

Even if you are not a Gnome user, just download the openSUSE 13.1 DVD and choose Gnome from the option and give it a try. If you are a Gnome user then you must download it, test it and give feed back to openSUSE developers if you find any bugs.

Download openSUSE 13.1

About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

13 thoughts on “Testing Gnome 3.10.1 on openSUSE 13.1

    1. In terms of polish

      GNOME > Unity > KDE

      In terms of my personal preference

      GNOME >= KDE > Unity

      I’m really torn between GNOME and KDE these days. KDE offers me more options to make the Desktop behave the way I want it to. But at the same time, even if it allows me to “kind of” copy some of the best GNOME Shell concepts, it doesn’t reach the same level of polish on those areas (notifications, a nice dash to launch and manager applications, among other areas where GNOME Shell excels). Besides that, I find the Adwaita theme way more polished than Oxygen and its GTK+ compatible themes (I know… there are other themes… but if you use even one single GTK+ app you better get a theme that has GTK+ clones available to avoid a mess in terms of look and feel). Even the fonts seem better in GNOME… and yes I tried to use the same fonts in KDE, with the same rendering settings, etc… and it doesn’t feel the same (I don’t know why).

      In the other side, GNOME is a bit limited. If something is not where I want to be I can’t change it. Yes… extensions may help fix some problems, but I try not to rely too much on them because they tend to break on each new release. The only 3rd party extension I’m currently using is Dash to Dock ( and this should be a default extension, if not a core feature, of GNOME Shell. It just makes all the difference.

      1. I see your point with GNOME 3’s customizability, however it is a lot more customizable than at first glance. The major difference comes in how user friendly the customization is. In KDE you have the K Control Center, which gives you most of your customization options, in GNOME you need to edit a ton of files (like Windows in the old days), or use terminal commands. My current setup uses the Cairo-Dock in place of GNOME’s panel and dash. I use Cardapio on the Cairo-Dock, but still use the Super Key shortcut to get to Overview which is customized to have smaller icons when I search for an application.

  1. Hey, You wrote that GNOME Music app looks for music in Home music folder. Did you try, replacing your Music folder in Home directory with, a link to your music directory in your External drive? If yes, did it work?

  2. I always delete all Home specific folders, like Music, Pictures, Downloads, etc, and create symbolic links to where my real files are. You can use that with Music app.

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