GNOME 3 is an easy and elegant way to use your computer. It is designed to put you in control and bring freedom to everybody. GNOME 3 is developed by the GNOME community, a diverse, international group of contributors that is supported by an independent, non-profit foundation.
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Pro Simple and easy to use
GNOME 3 has been designed to make it simple and easy to use. Press a button to view your open windows, launch applications or check if you have new messages.
Pro Clean UI
Every aspect of GNOME 3 has been crafted to fit together as a harmonious whole, so that it offers a consistent and integrated experience.
Pro Keyboard friendly
It's (mostly) usable without touching a mouse, so you can keep your hands on the keyboard.
Shortcuts can be defined in the gnome setting.
There are even more shortcuts available when using the gesetting or dconf tool, e.g. switch to desktop 5 to 9.
Pro Highly customisable
Gnome Extensions offers an easy way to extend the built-in functionality
Pro Does not get in the way
GNOME 3 lets you do the things you want without getting in the way. It won't bother you or badger you with demands, and it has been designed to help you comfortably deal with notifications.
Pro Powerful search
A powerful search feature lets you access all your work from one place.
Pro Very productive
With a clean layout and well-thought keyboard shortcuts, Gnome 3 is simply the best for people looking to be productive with their computer.
Pro Adheres to standards
Allowing for interoperability and shared technology for X Window System desktops.
Pro Great for high dpi displays
Adjustable scaling factor makes it great for high resolution laptops and far away TVs.
Pro Touchscreen friendly
It works well with any touchscreen-enabled system, including newer laptops, even to the point of including a well-designed on-screen keyboard.
Pro Online account management
GNOME 3 integrates with your online accounts, so that all your data can be accessed from the same place.
Pro Easy theming
Changing the look (and feel) of Gnome Shell is easy, shell theme, icon, windows and graphical elements (gtk).
individually for each user.
Mostly its installing some packages or unpacking some archive to a themes folder and using selecting the new theme in e.g. gnome-tweak-tool.
There a lot of really good theme on deviantart.
Pro Fallback mode offers a classic look
For people looking for older, more classic looks, Fallback mode offers just that. Ubuntu users can have this option by installing a package called "GNOME-Session-Fallback." In the future to be released GNOME 3.8, the Fallback Mode will not be included, so this is really not a long-term solution.
Pro Great task manager
The GNOME Task Manager is great, showing all open processes with every needed detail. For each process you can see the amount of memory and processing power that it's using, along with the process priority.
Pro Wayland support
While the Wayland compositor is currently still in development, Gnome is one of the desktop environments actively moving towards it, and offers optionally loading using Wayland as an experimental feature. It is likely that, once Wayland is on feature par with X server, Gnome will fully support it soon after.
Pro Gnome-Tweak-Tool and Extensions are great
Gnome may seem bland out of the box but, the Gnome-Tweak-Tool and it's Firefox-Integrated Extensions are awesome.
The Gnome-Tweak-Tool has a tab for extensions that make desktop tweaks very easy. And all with easy 1-click buttons.
What's amazing is that it offers a click for "more-extensions" which opens Firefox's Extension Page and every tweak you could ever want is there. Rated and ranked and if you see anything that you like there you simply click "Add" and it's done!
It's downloaded, installed, configured, and now in your Gnome-tweak-tool Extension Library and already working!
Con Some areas are unpolished and lack features
Some aspects are still unpolished and lack features - the gnome design team works well, but seems to not be taking input from the outside world.
Con Tightly coupled to its window manager
If you're looking to run an alternative window manager, like XMonad, you're pretty much out of luck.
Con Extension system is basically unsupported
Backward compatibility is not guaranteed and extensions seems like second class citizens in the GNOME environment.
Con Geared towards touch input
Oversized buttons and menus reduce keyboard and mouse efficiency.
Con Themes tend to break on every new release
On every new release of Gnome Shell a lot of themes tend to be broken. After happening so many times a lot of themers gave up working on Gnome. This is why compared to Gnome 2 there are few themes that actually work on the latest release.
Con Looks more like a phone interface than a desktop
Con Depends on systemd
Some people don't like systemd but it is part of most modern distros anyway.