Originally Posted by alexlausk
Thanks John the Train. I stopped using Fedora since FC 15. I am just giving it a try see if things have changed. I once read an article that Gnome is now gearing toward novice users instead of power users. I guess that that aurthor was right.
The first time you encounter this apparent absence of the shutdown option it is certainly puzzling. Once you know that you have to press the Alt key -- it's fine. I actually understand the reationale for it in the times when suspending becomes a lot more common that shutting down.
Saying, however, that GNOME is now gearing towards novice users is not accurate, to say it mildly: GNOME was never supposed as far as I know to be a power user desktop environment, it was always an all around environement and in the past, when hardware and memory were imposing serious limitations to performance of any system, a power user was even less likely to use GNOME or KDE due to their 'bloat'.
Much more accurate would be perhaps saying that GNOME is gearing towards mobile computing devices with their inherently small screens.