GNOME 3.18.2 on Debian Sid, initial impressions

It’s been a few days since I reinstalled Debian on my old ThinkPad x220, so I thought I’d briefly write down some of my initial impressions.

  1. GNOME is looking very good. I guess it’s difficult to judge GNOME’s progression when you’re using it continuously or repeatedly over a long period of time, the incremental improvements are too easy to overlook, but after taking a break from it for a number of months, it’s obvious to see how much it’s improved. It hasn’t quite reached the same levels of polish as OS X, but it’s looking a lot more uniformed and definitely heading in the right direction.
  2. Finder is okay, but Nautilus (aka Files) is better. I’ve really missed being able to mount remote drives over SSH, without having to use an external application. In comparison to Nautilus, Finder just feels a bit fiddly.
  3. GNOME Shell is very snappy and makes a nice change from the UI of OS X. I actually really like how OS X works, but GNOME Shell feels more modern and the Super key overview trigger is simple, fast and effective.
  4. Now, this one is all in my head, but using Debian makes me feel like a proper geek :)

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