I just installed Fedora 34. I was all set to give the new layout a chance.
However, I quickly learned the new layout is increasing the stress on my hands and risks by a factor of three…
The problem is with the vertical layout, everything I needed to use the mouse for was in the same general area. I would move the mouse to my upper left corner to activate. Down just a little to open an application. Up just a little to click on the new application I opened. All except the initial mouse movement to activate very small movements.
Now I have to move my mouse to the upper left to activate. Lower middle to open the app. Back up towards the upper left to click on the application I just opened. I am moving my mouse more than 3 times as much for a simple activity. Which means it takes longer, but more seriously is far worse for repetitive stress injury.
GNOME 3 was the most ergonomic desktop environment I have used. It allowed my hands and wrists to recover the the point I no longer had to wear braces. I was able to get rid of the trackpad that was killing my fingers and go to a verticle mouse.
GNOME 4.0 is a huge step backwards. Now there are probably some keyboard shortcuts I can learn to lesson this.
I tried installing an extension to resolve this:
But it stopped working after my first ‘dnf update’ and I cannot get it to work again.
In anycase, good ergonomics and accessibility should not require an extension.