Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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Everyone loves to hate unity
by p13. on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:23 UTC
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I'll admit, i was skeptical at first. I remember the UNR days and i wasn't looking forward to it.

I tried 11.04, and yes, it was lacking ... but i honestly didn't understand what all the damn fuss was about.
Now in 11.10, i can say it's quite solid and even pleasant to use. You might not agree with the ideas and/or methods behind it, but then that's your problem isn't it?
Should you happen to dislike it, then you are free to install whatever DE you wish. No one is limiting your choices or freedom to choose between DE's.
Me personally ... i liked KDE 1/2/3, i liked gnome 1.4x and 2.x. I don't like KDE4 (at all) and i don't like gnome3. I do like unity because it stays out of my way (mostly).
I've used wmaker as my main wm for ages, i liked that a lot too and guess what ... unity is faster to use since it lets me search for stuff and find it instantly.
Zealots will be zealots and new things are, by default, bad and evil.
Sure, i could get all my work done with screen/tmux, (al)pine, (e)links, vi(m), etc, etc. But you know what? I don't want to. I've been in this game long enough to just want something that works and stays out of my way. Unity does that for me (mostly), and i think they (canonical) are doing a fine job.
I'm quite convinced that at least half of you didn't even try it out ... and i mean really try it out, not dismiss it after 5 mins. It's not very customizeable (sp?), that's true, although a lot of the behavior can be changed using gconf-editor and ccsm with the unity plugin. This will come, in due time. I remember the days of manually editing gtkrc files to "customize" gnome.

I have other problems with ubuntu, unrelated to the DE. For example: / should not be mounted rw in single user, the initrd should remount it rw from ro, etc, but that's off topic.

Honestly, i'm starting to get old-ish in this game. I first started using linux 15 yrs ago. Had to recompile the kernel for everything, no modules.

I've seen and used a lot of window managers. As a DE, unity (at least IMHO) is very good, if not almost perfect. Customization will come in due time and extensions will too.

I don't like how canonical handled the "transition" or should i say "non-transition" and how they forced it upon developers though, but i don't get involved in politics. If i don't like what i see, i move on and don't whine about it.



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