I’ve been a Clear Linux* user for the last few months and I’m posting here what I think is a UX improvement to the default GNOME desktop environment. Since I’m not a programmer I’d like to suggest this design enhancement, let me know if you like it!
Right now Clear ships with an almost vanilla GNOME setup. The Dash to Dock extension is enabled by default and turns the standard left bar into a dock.
This is the current situation:
What’s the problem? Essentially the top bar persistently takes that top portion of the screen, and I personally find this UI quite dated for a cutting edge OS like Clear.
This is what I’m suggesting:
Basically, the top bar is integrated into the bottom dock/panel, and it intelligently autohides when windows get too close or an app is maximized. In addition, to not compromise legibility because of transparency, it automatically adds a darkened overlay on the dock if it’s activated on a window. I also find this setup more minimalistic and less cluttered than the current one, while retaining all the functionalities.
I’ll attach a few other screenshots for further comparison.
Current desktop view:
New desktop view:
- Open the Software app
- Install the Dash to Panel extension
- Install the Remove Dropdown Arrows extension from the software app
- Open Tweaks > Extensions and disable Dash to Dock, enable both Dash to Panel and Remove dropdown arrows
- In Tweaks > Extensions > Dash to Panel settings go to About and import this settings file
Let me know your thoughts and keep up your amazing work!