Are you used to Unity and the Cinnamon desktop it came with? Make GNOME look like Unity.
AFAICT you need to install a non-Ubuntu extension to enable user themes? That sounds like too much effort. I will just change the desktop background image I think.
For user themes and extension wrangling, the
Alt-F2 menu is useful because it has some commands you use in shell tweaking, e.g.:
- restart GNOME Shell
- reload the GNOME Shell theme. i.e. to
- launch LookingGlass GNOME Shell’s integrated debugger and inspector tool.
🏗 does this work under Wayland?
Too many docks on the desktop
Too many docks too many many docks.
I use the Ubuntu dock, because it is default on Ubuntu. But if you search for GNOME dock Extension there are many variants which briefly seemed to me to be desirable. Cairo-dock? dashtodock? Many more even less reputable looking ones? Bikeshed dock? Committee dock? OCDock?
Help! My Dock is visible on lock screen
This was a common problem. If I understand it right, at least for Ubuntu, it’s do with the demarcation lines after Ubuntu Unity was replaced by Gnome-with-extensions-to-make-it-look-like-unity. If you want everything to work out like you expect, you either do
- Use Ubuntu Dock Gnome extension, which is a patched Dash-to-Dock (i.e. not no dock extension and not vanilla Dash-to-dock extension.
- Oh that didn’t work? Try
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock transparency-mode FIXEDWhy they have it default to
BROKENI will never understand.
There is basic split screen tiling built in.
By dragging windows to the left and right edges of the screen you can tile them side by side.
There are some attempts to support more sophisticated tiling:
- gtile (extension page)
shellshape (extension page)Oops, discontinued.
- slinger is the successor to shellshape
As the author of
slinger explains, there is a lot of awful kludging needed to
make these go so none are entirely satisfactory. Slinger sounds like the most
elegant option of these, but I couldn’t make it actually work.
I could, e.g. try to use
xmonad with GNOME. 😒
Or, I could abandon gnome for sway which is a Wayland
port of the classic i3 tiling window manager. Or even
xmonad I s’pose.