Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Oct 2010 19:00 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Well, this is sure to raise a few eyebrows here and there. Today, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Mark Shuttleworth held his keynote speech, and in it, he announced that Ubuntu will switch to the Unity user interface come release, for both the netbook as well as the desktop, leaving the GNOME user interface behind (but keeping the GNOME platform).
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Comment by nicoladinisio
by nicoladinisio on Mon 25th Oct 2010 19:11 UTC
nicoladinisio
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2010-06-02

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on a Netbook of mine last Saturday with Unity and I have to say I have come to love it. It will be a big hit on the desktop too, but yes on the desktop more work on windows management will be neeeded.
Ubuntu is doing the right thing with Unity, it is a very promising piece or work.

Edited 2010-10-25 19:14 UTC

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RE: Comment by nicoladinisio
by Delgarde on Mon 25th Oct 2010 20:12 in reply to "Comment by nicoladinisio"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on a Netbook of mine last Saturday with Unity and I have to say I have come to love it. It will be a big hit on the desktop too, but yes on the desktop more work on windows management will be neeeded.
Ubuntu is doing the right thing with Unity, it is a very promising piece or work.


I have to disagree. Unity *looks* nice, but that sidebar makes it almost unusable - it eats enough horizontal space to break rendering of most websites I deal with. If it appeared only in response to mouseover, it'd be great, but as a permanent feature, it's a usability disaster.

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Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Amen!

I totally agree. I am a longtime Ubuntu user on both desktop and netbook. I have just installed 10.10 on my netbook, and my feeling is that Unity sucks. It has good points, but needs a lot of work, and it is totally unusable at this point.

The unified menu à la Mac is a very good thing in a netbook, as it saves space. In a desktop, I don´t care that much either way, but I think it is a good idea too. However, the sidebar, as it is, steals too much space in a netbook and makes web browsing extremely inconvenient. And I find it quite ugly too.

It needs quite a bit of polishing, and feels like rather less than beta quality. For example, the Unity file browser does not see ANY of my files, and Gnome's file browser is so well hidden that the only way I have found to pull it out is to open the trashcan and then browse on from there. Or the virtual desktop switcher with built-in exposé-like function that shows unexisting desktops and does not belong on the sidebar, or the Programs button in the sidebar that throws everything together in an uncomfortable mess...

In all, it is unfit to substitute the previous netbook front end, which felt by far superior. That one should have received some enhancements, like the unified menu, and remained the default, with Unity left as an optional toy to tinker with while it matures.

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RE: Comment by nicoladinisio
by sorpigal on Tue 26th Oct 2010 12:16 in reply to "Comment by nicoladinisio"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

It will be a big hit on the desktop too

What makes you think this? People using non-toy computers for real work are going to want a highly functional non-toy interface.

Oh wait, I get it. GNOME already had a toy interface so its users won't notice! That explains a lot.

FLAME ON.

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RE[2]: Comment by nicoladinisio
by sorpigal on Tue 26th Oct 2010 14:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by nicoladinisio"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I said "Flame on" not "Mod me down" - you'll never get a good flame war going if you don't reply and tell me I'm full of shit.

Kids these days.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Don't sweat it. It's just the Ubuntu kiddies.

Their small brains just can't comprehend that Ubuntu is becoming ever more marginalised by Canonical's feeble attempts to get it more widely used, and Gnome is seriously fragmenting because they can't accept that it won't do what they want it to do.

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