Two days ago, I finally brought my system up-to-date with regard to the GNOME packages that I use. I was very reluctant because I am using a heavily customized gnome-panel and I waited until alltheapplets that I use have been ported to gtk3 and the libgnome-applet library. I am the Debian maintainer of one of these applets, link-notification-daemon, and I have made the changes and tested them in a chroot before, but now that I am actually using it, I found and fixed more visual glitches. I think by now it is as usable as it was before on GNOME 2. I am still looking for someone to step up as the new upstream maintainer for it!
I had some trouble with gnome-session and notification-daemon, thought I found the cause and reported it, but a day later I could not reproduce it anymore. Weird. Other problems, such as the “busy cursor” not disappearing after the session start, or evolution going into a freeze also have stopped occurring by themselves.
I don’t really have to say much about GNOME3 itself. I disliked the default font, Cantarell, mostly because of the extra spacing that reduced the number of folders and mail I can see in evolution. (Also see what nekohayo has to say about that.) I also was under the impression that the font is much lighter, and I started to adjust the position of my laptop monitor to increase the contrast. So I switch back to DejaVu Sans.
I also disabled the sleep-on-lid-close feature – I often run backups, or download stuff, or compile stuff, or calculate stuff, so I want better control over this.
So, I guess, now that everything is almost as it was in GNOME2, I can say I like it...
I have an issue with Gnome3 + xmonad: the alt+right click on gnome-panel to add/remove applets does not work when the WM is not metacity. I found many people with the same issue on the Internet, but no solution (except restart without xmonad each time I want to change my applets). Any idea?
It works fine here, but I have configured xmonad to react to a different mod key. In the default configuration, maybe it catches the click and reacts on it somehow (raising the window in the stack or something)?