I’ve been playing with Fedora 35 on my Aya Neo, whose notable features are a permanent-attached Xbox360 controller and a touchscreen. Running the latest Gnome there, I’ve been having issues closing dialogs and some applications, Software and Games being the two most notable for me. The options dialogs for Gnome Games I can’t figure out a way to close it. There’s no X icon, nor does clicking in or outside of the dialog do anything. Additionally, the Quit option in the top header bar doesn’t work with the dialog window open. I couldn’t get the X icon to show up in the activity overview view also (when you press Super), so I had to use Activity Manager to close it.
For Software, there’s no X icon on the window itself, so I need to use the Quit option in the top global menubar. I could wiggle the window around by pressing and holding it with my finger and moving it around, then the X icon would show up and I could close it in the activity overview. However, if I opened a dialog, like clicking the OS Updates menu item to pull up the detailed package list, I then couldn’t close that dialog similar to the dialog in Gnome Games.
I don’t get these issues on my desktop, but it doesn’t have a touchscreen, so I assume this has to do with touchscreen-specific adaptations that Gnome Shell has. Is the behavior I have described expected or what should the UX be for closing applications and their modal dialogs when on a touchscreen device?
I’ve also found that notifications are problematic on a device such as this. Most notifications don’t go away very promptly, but overlay over any fullscreen game I’m playing (which is often since the Aya Neo is primarily a gaming device). I try to dismiss them quickly with a swipe, but it doesn’t get rid of them, instead it actually “opens” them: like the ‘Updates successfully installed’ notification will open Gnome Software. This is as pretty inconvenient when playing a real-time game as you then have to navigate quickly back to the game. And some fullscreen games really don’t like alt+tabbing, so it can break things entirely. Are there any plans to revamp the notifications so they are more easily dismissed on a touchscreen device without “opening” (is ‘triggering’ the right nomenclature here?)?