Is it possible to continue to use Gnome2, easily and conveniently without a serious amount of hacks, in F15 and forward? Why wasn't this GNOME3/GNOME2 given as a simple toggle option to pick at install time?
GNOME3 is a serious change from the norm, for no reason other than it can be changed. I would like to still run GNOME2, I use Fedora/GNOME on a daily basis for my production desktops. I have a setup that works well, I have no need to learn something new. I have no interest in the changes being forced down.
I will be dumping F15 and going back to F14, maybe never to return to Fedora.
Is anybody forking GNOME2 to keep it maintained? (DWARF?) I liked the interface it provided, it is good and decent. GNOME3 may be interesting, but it isn't the same thing. This is kind of like a Microsoft forced change, made not because the users wanted it, but because a small group of people thought it would be cool (or in the case of microsoft, to prove the new OS is different--look, flashy new UI... now pay us money for the upgrade).
Change for the sake of Change is never good. GNOME2 was just reaching a point where it was tight, well integrated and stable, so why are we throwing it out? It is kind of like GM creating a concept car with no side doors, a door in the back that you have to go push buttons on the front then stroke the antenna a few times just to get it to open, and the steering wheel is replaced with a rudder. Then they say hey, this is the 2011 car and we stopped production on everything else, because its cool, and you don't know what you want, we do. So DEAL with it.
And I do know, of the four people on my team that have installed it, every single one of us gives GNOME3 a serious thumbs down and we are all reverting it. This is the worst thing I have ever seen forced down the pipe in OSS for some time now. Fortunately, it is OSS, and much like when OpenOffice failed to meet the needs of the community and Libre was forked, I am hoping the community will see it for what it is and fork GNOME.