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The GNOME Desktop project has decided to offer users a set of extensions so that they can revert their desktops back to the style of GNOME 2.0.

The decision comes after much dissatisfaction was expressed by users of the 3.0 release, with many moving to other desktop environments like XFCE and LXDE.

GNOME 3.0 was released last year and there has been a stream of complaints about the change, especially about the lack of options to tweak things to users' liking.

The project says it has not decided how to offer this functionality.

But in the same announcement, the project has reiterated that the GNOME-shell itself will not be tweakable as, "We still believe that there should be a single, well-defined UX for GNOME 3, and extensions provide a great mechanism to allow tweaks without giving up on this vision."

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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