@Biggy the version of pocket-home we shipped should have been able to handle more than 6 applications. Extra applications were intended to fill 3x2 grid “pages” in the order they are defined. This is broken in the shipped build.
Category lists were one of our original prototypes that got scrapped. Part of the design philosophy is to only take the most fundamental UI ideas from across all the contemporary paradigms: PDA, Desktop, Laptop, handheld console, smart phone. As people have pointed out, it’s very simple. We need to be very careful and deliberate in adding new UI, especially UI that creates hierarchy and other kinds of cognitive overhead.
One problem with adding hierarchies is that we currently have a spacial consistency: left and right move through broad system features, grouped into locations (power, run, settings), while up and down allow location sub-navigation (scrolling, listing, searching). Are categories a system level feature, or a function of listing? If they are a system feature you’re adding required actions to the navigation that takes you to power and settings. If they are a function of listing, you’re adding a new level of abstraction into the flat list. It’s been instructive to me to consider the evolution of the iPhone UI since its inception, they played this game very well for a long time but you can see now a decade later they’re getting snarled up in the abstractions they added.
Please feel encouraged to advocate for your features and design ideas though, we need to hear people’s thoughts.
Obviously if you prefer classic Linux style desktop environments you’re always free to use them. Also I really hope someone comes along and makes a UI that everyone likes better than ours. We just want it to be good. We’re not trying to be Apple in any way, other than making nice UI that novices can use. We’d like to see Linux get more use in the hands of people who need it most: the broader computing audience.