Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 22:07 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 12.10 will include advertisements for products on Amazon. It will look like this - if you search, product suggestions will pop up. This seems like a rather slippery slope to me, and I certainly wouldn't want this on my desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or anywhere else. On the web - fine, I'm on your site, not mine - but my desktop is mine, and mine alone. Not that it matters - open source, someone will disable them. Biggest concern: does this mean my search queries get sent across the web?
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woegjiub
Member since:
2008-11-25

If you hate the mouse like I do, unity is great.
I can launch anything by hitting Meta, typing two or three letters, then hitting enter.

likewise with things like connecting VPNs, and launching menu items, from he HUD.

Unity is designed around searching and the keyboard, which is why I love it.

I'll be using it, and just removing this lens.
I don't live in the US, so Amazon sucks for me.

The eyecandy is annoying, but I didn't buy a powerful computer only to have it idle the whole time.


I think canonical make their money from support, and from leeching off of Shuttleworth's other company.

Edited 2012-09-23 06:27 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

If you hate the mouse like I do, unity is great.
I can launch anything by hitting Meta, typing two or three letters, then hitting enter.

likewise with things like connecting VPNs, and launching menu items, from he HUD.

Unity is designed around searching and the keyboard, which is why I love it.


I agree. The keyboard and search focus of Unity is one of the reasons I too love it. If just the SSH lens would get fixed to understand ecdsa.

The eyecandy is annoying, but I didn't buy a powerful computer only to have it idle the whole time.

I don't really know why eyecandy people are complaining about. I don't see any useless effects and the default ones are useful to me.
At least there are no wobbly windows and crap like that.
Besides, if you don't want the effects you can use Unity 2d which is functionally equivalent to Unity 3d.

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Rehdon Member since:
2005-07-06

If you hate the mouse like I do, unity is great.
[...]
Unity is designed around searching and the keyboard, which is why I love it.


I think you nailed it perfectly, namely the reason why Ubuntu (and Gnome Shell) have alienated a good share of their users: they got rid of a perfectly working paradigm (WIMP) to adopt one that appeals to a much smaller audience.

It's not only that they tried to fix what wasn't broken, but that the fix is much worse than what we had before. Hint: when you're playing catchup with the bigger players and want to expand your current user base, you either come up with such an incredibly good new thing that everyone will fall for it, or you play it safe and slowly build on what you had before. Unity (and Gnome Shell) failed miserably at the former while giving up to the latter for the sake of "innovation", which explains the current pitiful, fragmented, buggy (3D desktop by default because you privilege the bling to functionality? when you still don't have decent support for that? that's nonsense) state of the Linux desktop.

There, I said it, much as I don't like it the fact is that the Linux desktop is in much worse shape today than it was two years ago.

Rehdon

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I've got Unity on my netbook and it works great in such small screens, specially when using it on the train and planes.

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Sodapop Member since:
2005-07-06

You and Soulbender sound like perfect candidates for a Smart Phone or Tablet. A very small minority of people prefer this type of behavior on a Desktop.

Have you tried a Tablet or Smart Phone? Sounds like that's what you really need instead of a Desktop. Just saying.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

A very small minority of people prefer this type of behavior on a Desktop.

You speak like you're some kind of authority on the subject. I doubt you are.

Sounds like that's what you really need instead of a Desktop.

I can't speak for anyone else but no, it's not what I need (or want).

You and Soulbender sound like perfect candidates for a Smart Phone or Tablet

Uh uh. Or maybe we just like when the OS gets out of the way and we can get things done quickly and efficiently. Maybe we're not afraid of change and actually like when technology evolve.

Just sayin'.

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woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Touch interfaces are worse than the mouse.
the dash/hud bring the autocompletion and universal launching of the terminal and programs like vim to the desktop.

I actually find it more keyboard friendly than ratpoison, because I can launch files and access menus via search, which is far faster than tabbing through menus or autocompleting a directory to access a file.

I'm basically in it for the keyboard, is what I'm saying.

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