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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Rehdon
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2005-07-06

If you hate the mouse like I do, unity is great.
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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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