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Linux Yeah, it's the day of double-dippin' today. And, the contradiction couldn't be bigger. In one corner we have one of the oldest and most respected distributions, and in the other corner we have the sometimes controversial but immensely popular relative newcomer. Slackware 13.37 and Ubuntu 11.04 have been released.
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Unity is a letdown...
by jtfolden on Fri 29th Apr 2011 23:24 UTC
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By 10.10, I thought Ubuntu had gotten to the point where I could finally, satisfyingly use it on secondary systems and recommend it to certain people.

I was really looking forward to 11.04 and even enthusiastically ran the beta releases. Unity is kind of "fun" at first glance but after using it a while, I realized that it really isn't bringing anything new to the table at all....

Global menus aren't bad but they're implemented extremely oddly here. They should NOT be invisible until moused over. That's just bad UI design. A user should be able to aim for the exact menu item they want instead of having to make the menu visible and only then being able to see the options available to them.

The Unity Launcher/Dock is serviceable but, again, it's hardly revolutionary. Every OS and its brother has a dock available in some way these days and this one isn't very configurable.

The Dash/Places are fine but why must I see an advertisement in every category for uninstalled apps? I'd rather see that space devoted to showing me the app I *do* have installed.

On top of that there are a lot of annoying or badly designed aspects to the rest of it. Such as - having a small blue triangle in the top left of the screen when an app needs attention seems kind of brain-dead. It doesn't tell you WHICH app needs it.

Dissatisfied with the above, I decided to try out the Gnome 3 PPA and was quite surprised at how much better Gnome Shell seems over Unity. Sadly, the PPA is not complete nor up2date so I'm running Fedora 15 ATM.

I think, despite a few possible shortcomings, that Gnome 3 and the Shell are headed in a much more interesting and useful direction. GS makes Unity and the global menus feel like just another hack.

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