Bugs I've hit in GNOME 3, in the last 5 minutes:
gnome-shell's "run" pop-up lost focus and I couldn't get rid of it. Nor could I launch another "run" dialogue, which is my normal route for starting software.
I tried to coax my web browser into launching a terminal by browsing to
file:///usr/bin/gnome-terminal. Instead, it downloaded a copy to
~/Downloads. Fine, no problem, because after another click it launches
nautilusto handle the file. (This is not a bug).
nautilusdoesn't know what to do with the file. Apparently I haven't installed a handler for viewing executable files. I'm guessing the copy of
nautilusdoes sensible things when another file (such as a picture) is marked
+x, so why doesn't it do so for the opposite case?
This is such a bizarre error message I try to take a screenshot of it. I take one, then take another (cropped). I try to save the second picture over the first one, but
gnome-screenshotcomplains that it cannot find a file somewhere in
The flash plugin crashed in the middle of streaming an album. I'm almost not allowed to complain about the flash plugin crashing.
After and around and inbetween all that, I downloaded an
.amzfile (an Amazon MP3 download file, in fact, of the album I'm failing to stream) which I hoped to run through
clamz(a command-line, open source tool that can interpret AMZ files).
nautilusoffers clamz as a launch option in the right-click menu, but it's not the default handler. If I select "properties" to set the default handler,
clamzis not in the list of available handlers.
After sending the
gnome-shell, I've got rid of the "run" pop-up, but now something has happened to it's
$PATHand future "run" pop-ups can't find anything in the standard locations, like
since the flash plugin died, nothing else seems to be able to make any sound, so I can't play the album I downloaded anyway.
I didn't set out to bug-hunt this morning, I'm actually trying to get some work done.
Whilst this is a particularly bad case of stacked-bugs, it's unfortunately, pretty representative of what it's like to try and use a Linux desktop at the moment. Every day I go through a similar experience.
I've just had to give up and log out and back in again. The shell path bug above has re-surfaced in a new session. Great.
I'm waiting on a delayed laptop at work. I'm very tempted to cancel the order and just use a Mac Air instead (we have one spare). It seems I'm walking the inevitable path of F/OSS desktop frustration and the end for many people seems to be the Mac… perhaps I should spare myself the pain of the journey. In the mean time, It's bye-bye to GNOME and off to Xfce for me.