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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RE: Comment by nicoladinisio
by Delgarde on Mon 25th Oct 2010 20:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by nicoladinisio"
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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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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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