I Apologize if this email is misdirected - I couldn't fathom where else to
send it.  Please forward this email to "gnome software administrator's", if
feasible.  This is a one-off message, so I have not subscribed to
desktop-devel-list@gnome.org.  If you feel it is appropriate, please
respond directly to sgschoo...@gmail.com.

The sole purpose of this email is to ask "gnome software admin's" to
CONSIDER WHETHER IS IT FEASIBLE AND ADVISABLE FOR GNOME TO ADOPT A LONG
TERM STRATEGY OF OVERHAULING IT'S DEVELOPMENT OF USER-CUSTOMIZATION
FEATURES.

The customization features offered by gnome have been steadily increasing,
while (critically) gnome (or gnome-3) remains STABLE.  My understanding is
that in general, linux-gnome users may customize their desktop in one of
three ways:

1. gnome tweak took, as mentioned at
https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Apps/Tweaks?action=show&redirect=Apps%2FGnomeTweakTool
.

2. gnome layout manager, as mentioned at
https://www.fossmint.com/gnome-layout-manager-make-gnome-into-unity-mac-windows/
.

3. add a different desktop on top of gnome.  One example is cinnamon, which
is discussed at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_(software).

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Please see my query at
https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/427785/manually-layout-gnome-to-cinnamon
.

I can think of two separate (? mutually exclusive ?) long term strategies
that gnome developers might consider:

a.  A variation of the (apparently extremely well documented) approach
taken at https://www.gnome.org/get-involved/.  I'm a programmer with
moderate "linux-bash" skills, and I merely want to be able to customize my
own desktop.  For my skills and purpose, grappling with GTK+ and GObject
feels onerous.

I would prefer a "higher-level-language", with perhaps the NARROWER
capabilities that a user might want.  Analogies are assembler -> [cobol, c,
or java] and (within latex) postcript -> pstricks.

Hopefully, this approach would drastically simplify (for example), the end
user coding and customizing their own "bottom-of-the-screen" taskbar from
within gnome.


b.  The approach taken by Firefox v. 58.  In this browser, specifying a url
of about:config provides a long list of user-customizable parameters.  An
analoguous approach in gnome might group the parameters into categories
(e.g. desktop appearance, font sizes, power-mgmt+screensaver+monitor
attributes, ...).  gnome could accompany this with (for example) a pdf or
website-maintained documentation (i.e. manual) of these attributes, with a
"user's guide" + examples included.

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I consider both gnome-tweak-took and gnome-layout-manager excellent SHORT
TERM APPROACHES.  Long term, a high-level scripting language or voluminous
set of user controlled attributes would allow (for example) gnome to
RE-UNIFY WITH CINNAMON, WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING GNOME'S STABILITY.  If this
approach succeeds, gnome might be "universally accepted" ACROSS LINUX
DISTRIBUTIONS.

This approach could reduce "desktop crashes", eliminate redundant
enhancements across different linux desktops, and (perhaps) better entice
users away from microsoft windows.
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