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Getting Comfortable

For medium to power users, GNOME3 is a huge step back from GNOME2 in its default configuration. And unlike GNOME2, there isn't much you can do about it without going hunting for tools and extensions. GNOME3 just doesn't make a good first impression.

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Wobbly Windows

Gone. GNOME3 doesn't play nice with compiz, so no way to get them back.

Gnome Tweak Tool

A must-have tool for changing some basic things :

yum install gnome-tweak-tool
  • Desktop
    • Have file manager handle the desktop : ON (back to seeing nautilus)
  • Shell
    • Show date in clock : ON (extermely useful!)
  • Theme
    • Menus Have Icons : ON
    • Buttons Have Icons : ON (less boring look)
  • Windows
    • Action on title bar double-click : Toggle Shade (maximize can already be done by dragging the window to the top-middle)

Desktop Config Editor

yum install dconf-editor

With GNOME 3.4+ this is where auto raise for sloppy focus can be set :

auto-raise-delay  600
focus-mode        sloppy


Ugly Hacks


To change the background of the GDM login screen as well as the locked gnome-screensaver screen :

sudo gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri 'file:///path/to/file.jpg'