I downloaded and installed Fedora 15 alpha (Gnome 3) after reading this review. I was looking forward to this opportunity as I knew that sooner or later it will be 'between the Devil and the deep blue sea'. I will have to choose from between Unity and Gnome Shell 3. Or, I will resist the change and migrate to a distro which will continue to invest on Gnome 2? I believe I will go with Unity or Gnome 3. It's not fair to not embrace newer technologies. The incident that I am going to share with you strengthened my trust in Gnome 3.
The most important remark for Gnome 3 came from a non-techie. A user who doesn't much care about kernels and mutters; someone who uses computer to do her job. My wife was sitting right behind me when the machine booted. "Wow...what's that!" I heard someone from behind. I turned and found her looking at my machine. "Is it a new OS? It looks cool!"
I was amazed. As a regular user I was a bit upset with Gnome 3 fearing it will break my usage pattern and here was an ordinary user (of course she uses GNU/Linux – Ubuntu) who was impressed by the new design and approach.
I gave her the machine to try, expecting complaints. She surprised me again – she was already logged into Facebook and was watching a video about Japan. She shared it with her friends and started talking about the situation.
Wait a minute. There is something wrong. I just gave her a machine with technologies which this blogger was worried about but she was using it as if nothing had happened. Well, she was not familiar with Fedora so she couldn't use USC to install software and she did what she usually does, handed it over to me to install what she needed – VLC and Amarok.
The moral of the story is – we, the so called tech-savvy users, may fight, argue, and create mountain out of mole, ordinary users don't care. They just need something that works. And when you hear "wow, that's cool" from an ordinary user, it means a lot.