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Really, it's sad to see, after years of work, the major mainstream Linux distro is SO FLAWED. I tried, I tried a lot. Unity is terrible. But you can kind of mostly get used to it.
Until... Until it crashes on you. I know about 10 people who I converted to Linux or already used Ubuntu. Almost ALL OF THEM destroyed their installation when updating to the latest version. Personally, I installed 12.04 from scratch and Unity self-destroyed itself after a few updates.
This is terrible. This is pathetic. Linux is supposed to offer a stable alternative. Now, it's super heavy to use (dash, global menu, huge dock etc.).
WHY OH WHY didn't they just stick to a clean Debian testing with Gnome 3 ?
Frankly, with just a couple of extensions, you can have something super sexy, modern, fast, RELIABLE, that can be used like Gnome 2. For instance :
https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/327/axe-menu/ --> AXE menu to open files / start apps in a clean and efficient way
https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/105/panel-docklet/ --> Panel Docklet : old style taskbar, beautiful, that can also be configured in many ways, like a dock etc.
It's just 2 clicks away and Ubuntu could have supplied users with a stable & clean GNOME 3 with a couple of extensions.
Disclaimer : this is of course my subjective opinion, based on years of distros-testing. I kinda lost my faith in almost every Linux desktop / distro. Debian and Gnome 3 remains, for now. But I really don't know what to say to people who would like to use Linux : it used to be simple, I used to recommend Ubuntu. Now I know it's almost sure they'll have issues with it. Edited 2012-07-19 07:51 UTC