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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I'm impressed
by MacMan on Mon 25th Oct 2010 19:54 UTC
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2006-11-19

Just installed 10.10 on one of our Linux boxes, and running with Unity desktop. In fact, I'm typing this right now in Chromium using Ubuntu 10.10/Unity.

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.

Sure, Unity is definitely buggy and incomplete, but if Canonical keeps this up, I might just have a valid Mac alternative sometime soon.

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RE: I'm impressed
by ephracis on Mon 25th Oct 2010 21:08 in reply to "I'm impressed"
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2007-09-23

In Chrome you can select to use native window management instead of Chrome doing it by itself (which is what yours are doing). In the preferences dialog, go to the 'personal stuff' tab. Under the 'Appearance' heading, you can select to 'Use GTK+ Theme' and 'Use System Tile Bar and Borders'.

Hope it helps.

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