Gnome 41 is offering features that other distributions have taken it upon themselves to build for the last few years - power management, a better app store, workstyle-configuration (e.g. workspaces).
I'm glad that Gnome is catching up to the crowd, but it seems like the other distributions had to work hard to make up for Gnome's stubbornness for the longest time.
I'm incredibly grateful for the work Gnome does, but it's only recent that they seem grateful for their users (and their opinions).
Maybe I'm in the minority - but for the longest time it felt like Gnome was making decisions based on a user-type that was nothing like myself. That forced me to do quite a bit of work with every release to maintain the workflow they had introduced me to originally.
I'm really happy working on PopOS lately. The desktop features I appreciate the most are all productivity related: workspace configuration, tiling-mode that is easy to use, and little nods like power-management.
@RyuKurisu I don't know if I would describe it as "Locked-down" as much as "Highly-refined" - but I suppose the former is a product of the latter.
@funnylookinhat I would call "highly-refined" great defaults, but have the opertunity to change them, but in elementaryOS you can't change many of the defaults 😎👍
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