Allan, who is working for several gnome applications, posted an update to the recent gnome status about the development of gnome 3.2. One of the updates planned for the latest version of the desktop is a modified overview mode. There are two important changes to the overview mode compared with the version 3.0. One is a modified buttons (windows/applications) that allow you to view the appropriate category.
See below the mockup that he posted showing the redesigned buttons. I think the buttons now look more aligned with the overall design of the shell.
But another more controversial change is that there is no applications category on the right hand side of the screen. You could find four round buttons that look like copied from the elementary slingshot that is another in the line of next-generation of linux desktop shells. The funnier fact is that elementary and the slingshot are always blamed for their mac-copy looks.
See the buttons in the above screenshot. There isn’t any applications category anywhere on the page. Are Gnome going to create another controversial move?
Gnome 3.0 itself was criticized for not having prime importance to the applications category that was one of the unique features about the linux desktop environments and made it better compared to the proprietary alternatives. Are they getting away with it? What do you think about this move?