Though they have a complex mythology in the Norse Sagas, they took on a simpler, sinister turn for Anglophones. In the Middle Ages in England, they were seen as tricksters. In the Elizabethan era, they got mixed up with fairies. This is why we think of them as small, even though they were not originally seen that way. It was in the Victorian period that we started viewing them as ‘Keebler elves’ with pointed ears and stocking feet. This also leads to our modern idea of Santa’s elves. These are the active Topic Gnomes that I know about who are always willing to help. Post to Topic Gnomery and we will help you out. Personally and based on my experience(Corporate world), use Unity on Ubuntu.
That is a simple answer and a simple solution to the dilemma of what Linux desktop shell to use for a beginner. There are so many choices in Linux that this confusion will drive away potential users from Linux and get back to Windows. Application windows have these standard controls: minimize both outstanding, and while Gnome 3 has been criticized for its open-shell approach, I’ve found it to be a very elegant design, something that Mac should aspire to be. In Unity, I always felt that the parts never quite fell together cohesively, and it seemed to me to be not a minimalist answer to Mac, but a bloated, clunky one.
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