Linked by David Adams on Mon 4th Apr 2011 02:22 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Register has posted a very unfavorable review of the new Ubuntu, focusing primarily on the new Unity Interface: "That's not to say there isn't much to love in Ubuntu 11.04 with the new Unity Interface being the primary news, but even for a beta this release is way too rough. Unity - regardless of what you think of it - isn't ready for prime time and it seems unlikely Canonical will iron out all its problems before the planned final release in April."
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KDE still not ready...
by Jason Bourne on Tue 5th Apr 2011 02:27 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

I still find KDE 3.x more usable than 4.x - the revolutionary stuff on 4 series did not have any effect in real life for me. Gnome Shell and Unity will certainly not get there, because people will just drop it after a week or two of frustrations, when these desktops are fully released and shipped.

In the meantime, I think it's time for XFCE eat everybody's lunch if it gets more polished (and a name change comes along the way, hear that Olivier & crew?).

Edited 2011-04-05 02:29 UTC

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RE: KDE still not ready...
by marblesbot on Tue 5th Apr 2011 05:12 in reply to "KDE still not ready..."
marblesbot Member since:
2009-12-25

I do like KDE4 but, I agree, it still needs work. It's not as buggy as it was a three years ago, but there just seems to be something not quite right with it. I couldn't imagine going back to KDE3, though. Even though I don't use KDE.

Gnome might just be a little too late. I've never been a Gnome user, and I do like the "look" of Gnome 3, I really think that, and Unity, are a little late. It reminds me of 10 years ago when everybody wanted to be OSX.

As for this version of Ubuntu, I installed it on a friend's box and didn't have much trouble. Maybe a couple bugs, but nothing serious. I wouldn't use Ubuntu for anything serious. I haven't used Ubuntu since 2004. Well, I did use a few derivitives, but the upgrades from one release to the next REALLY needs work still. I always think of Mark Shuttleworth as the George Steinbrenner of the OS world for some reason.

XFCE, I do like it, but it does need some polishing, as far as looks go, anyway. It "looks" like it's in the stone age. It works as well as any DE on any OS, though. I've been waiting for e17 to be consistently usable for five years!

I was impressed with LXDE. It's simple and usable, even if more work (that I'm not willing to contribute) needs to be put into it. It seems that team let themselves get sidetracked with their component side projects instead of bringing the whole thing together. I'd still recommend LXDE over KDE or Gnome.

I don't know why I even care, though. I don't use Ubuntu or any derivitive. I also don't use any of the above mentioned DE. I would use Enlightenment (I know it's not a DE) if it was consistent in it's perpetual alpha state. I'm not so sure I'd even recommend Ubuntu to a linux beginner. It seems a little too experimental to be "user friendly". Whatever that means. I'm not an Ubuntu hater. Their forums are full of useful linux information (along with useless garbage). I just disagree that Ubuntu is a starting point in linux, even if it is easy to install.

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RE[2]: KDE still not ready...
by joekiser on Wed 6th Apr 2011 16:39 in reply to "RE: KDE still not ready..."
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

XFCE, I do like it, but it does need some polishing, as far as looks go, anyway. It "looks" like it's in the stone age. It works as well as any DE on any OS, though.


Xfce uses the same Gtk themes as Gnome, so it "looks" as good or bad as you want it.

You wanna see something from the stone age, fire up Window Maker and run nothing but GNUstep apps.

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