In general, things are shaping up nicely. I was pleasantly surprised that I had no 3D driver issues any more on either of my two laptops (using the free intel and radeon drivers). Some things are not ready for prime time, such as dconf-editor that doesn’t provide a search option and doesn’t wrap long description labels, thereby forcing the window width to ridiculous proportions (bug 641292).
However, one issue that’s really spoiling my user experience is the removal of mousewheel tab scrolling from GtkNotebook. Apparently, this feature can give unexpected effects when your mousewheel is over-sensitive. I can even understand that one would want this to be off by default for new users. But to completely remove tab scrolling, something that people have come to rely upon over the years, without an option to turn it back on, is harsh.
To quote from the bug:
If the problem is that the mouse wheel can be too sensitive leading to unexpected tab switches, IMHO the solution is to have a treshold by default, much like drag-and-drop.
I would really want the functionality to stay in GTK. If there are really good reasons fro some not to want this, I'd suggest a GtkSetting (that gnome's UI configurator would show), controlling mouse wheel support for Notebooks, ComboBox and other stuff (for consistency).
The end result of this change is that some applications are just implementing the functionality themselves now that it's been removed from Gtk+: Which unfortunately results in inconsistant user interface... Tab scrolling works in some programs but not others.
Although this issue certainly won’t cause any melting laptops — please guys. Give me a break and provide a setting to re-enable this.
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