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Since GNOME 3.0 has been delayed until March, 2011, it seems there's enough time to rethink the way GNOME Shell looks, especially since a lot of people don't like it (especially from the usability point of view).

Some new GNOME Shell mockups were uploaded to GIT recently, showing a lot of similarities with Ubuntu / UNE:

Gedit / Nautilus:

Gedit and Nautilus - GNOME Shell

A closer look at Nautilus:

Nautilus GNOME Shell Mockup

As you can see, Nautilus looks a lot like Nautilus Elementary. We already talked about this, but this is the first mockup of the new default Nautilus which Elementary bits and pieces.

Then there's a new GNOME Shell look which looks incredibly close to Ubuntu's Unity:


GNOME Shell workspace

Even the Search seems to be inspired by Unity's Dash:

Gnome SHELL search mockup

I don't know about you, but for me a GNOME Shell like in these mockups is definitely more usable than how Shell is right now. If we can get a usable working GNOME 3.0, it doesn't really matter who inspired who!

What do you think?

In case you don't know how Nautilus Elementary / Unity look like, I suggest you see these: