From my own point of view, Ubuntu has always been a little too "customized" and they seem to be taking things in that direction much more so, lately.
Personally, I've liked Ubuntu in the past because they had features that made it easy to get wireless working, a good package manager, and you could put your frequently used icons on the desktop in the order you wanted. Recently, however, they have tried to add features I didn't really want. Perhaps I'm just set in my ways, but I subscribe to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy.
One problem is that Shuttleworth wants to be an innovator, but instead of his innovation being developed by a good distribution, he is trying to innovate using a garbage system like Ubuntu. If his ideas have any merit, they will only work if a quality distribution like Debian, Slackware or Red Hat takes up his ideas and modify them. Otherwise, it will only be bad Ubuntu continuing its downward spiral.
I disagree. I loved ubuntu 8.04 and 10.04, it is just the recent innovation that I dislike. Just because something is technically possible, doesn't mean it is a good idea. Put another way, bling or eye candy, just for its own sake is not what I want. I want truly helpful innovation that lets me get things done faster or easier, or do useful things that couldn't be done before.
Ubuntu is a good system when you get right down to it. A good mix of stability, customization and ease of use.
But the recent changes that are being made to the GUI seem to be aimed at getting a few ooo's and ahh's... no true functionality.
I'm hoping that this new HUD will bring at least some of that functionality back into the picture.
Now if only DE developers would listen to all of us who say this, we would not have the monstrosities of Unity, Gnome3 and Kde.* The majority of computer users in general, and especially GNU-Linux users, prefer function over form, but unfortunately DE developers believe they know what we should have and refuse to listen to us.
Oh well. I am happy with my beautiful Openbox.:lol:
* Sorry if I make Kde users angry, but I am not a fan of that bloated and slow DE.
Due to a nasty bout of Asthma, my doctor has put me on a large dose of steroid tablets. They have some interesting side effects. For example last night, I found myself half way through installing Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity on my main desktop! I genuinely don't remember starting the process. On a fairly chunky machine (Quad core i5, 16GB RAM, 1GB Nvida Graphics) it's very smooth and actually quite usable.
It will be interesting to see if my opinion changes back when the medication wears off in a few more days! And if it does, I may have shed some light on the design desicions taken by the Gnome 3 and Unity teams *_*
'buntu is a marketing driven effort to turn GNU/Linux into something else entirely.
There are some things I really like about Unity.
1. It feels like they are slowly deprecating the mouse control of the UI in favour of the keyboard. I think this is a good thing from a productivity point of view.
2. It's pretty. Very pretty. Now if I could just get Emerald to compile so I could use my favourite window decorations.
What I don't like.
1. The position of the Window controls. Even though I've changed them around when the window is maximised they appear at the top left still :confused:
2. The really weird overlay scrollbar
What I am finding really hard to get used to
1. The menu bar at the top of the screen. Mac style I believe.
I'll probably give it a try in 12.04 ... but this does not fill me with confidence that options will still be available :rolleyes:...Quote:
That discoverability is of course entirely absent from the HUD; the old menu is still there for now, but we’d like to replace it altogether not just supplement it.