Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Oct 2010 22:17 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, emerged from its burrow this month with some important changes. [...] One of the most significant changes in Ubuntu 10.10 is the introduction of Unity, a totally new netbook environment that has some promising design characteristics. Although Unity is an impressive offering, it has some kinks that need to be worked out before it will be ready for mainstream adoption. In this review, we will take a close look at 10.10's changes, with a focus on how these changes impact the Ubuntu user experience. Unity's scope and significance for Ubuntu make it an especially important part of this release, so we decided to devote a considerable portion of the review to exploring its features."
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I'm impressed
by MacMan on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 04:00 UTC
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Just installed 10.10 on one of our Linux boxes, and running with Unity desktop.

I'm impressed, the taskbar/dock like item is NICE. Its functionally equivalent to the Apple dock, but its definitely a unique and native Gnome element. I've tried some of the dock clones for Gnome and they are really pathetic copies of the dock. The Unity bar does its own thing, so it does NOT feel like a cheap rip-off.

Would be nice if I could just drag an application icon to the bar, instead of launching an app and telling the bar to pin the icon. Unity still needs a bit of polish, but I think this is one of the biggest leaps the Linux desktop has seen.

Chrome does not seem to work very nicely with Unity, gets confused as to who should draw window frame. Would be real nice if they worked on Chrome integration. Same goes for Thunderbird and Firefox.

Unfortunately I have to use this abomination called matlab, which is completely beyond any hope of fitting into ANY desktop environment. Tough call to say if matlab sucks more on Mac or Linux. FYI, matlab is a desktop app written using some bizarre home-grown Java toolkit that is completely broken everywhere. Don't know why they don't just use a decent toolkit like SWT which is free and works almost flawlessly on every platform, and is maintained by someone else instead of wasting all their own developer recourses maintaining their home-grown rotting pile of crap toolkit.

Enough of the matlab rant, Unity rocks. Its really nice having a global toolbar. Saves on desktop real estate, and is much more logical and intuitive always looking in the same spot for a menu. App switching is nice.

If Canonical keeps this up, I might just have a Mac alternative sometime soon.

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