Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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RE: Ubuntu Unity
by Drumhellar on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 00:15 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu Unity"
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What bugs me most about Unity is being unable to move the dock bar to the right side of the screen, or any where else for that matter.

Well, that, and the global menu bar makes focus-follows-mouse worthless, since my apps lose focus when I go to the bar.

So, I use KDE, which has none of these issues.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu Unity
by reduz on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 00:55 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu Unity"
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Yeah, honestly I think kind of stupid to not allow users to move the dock around. At this point I haven't heard one single argument favoring it.

I do recognize that you can get used to it on the left side fine and it works fine, but it's probably far more important to make users that come from another OS feel at home instead of alienating them.

At this point, Shuttleworth seems more focused on the product than on it's user base, but that can't last forever and at some point he will have to start worrying about pleasing it's supporters again to get more of a following, or Ubuntu will fade to irrelevance.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu Unity
by ndrw on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 07:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu Unity"
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It's not just about convenience or user's habits, although they are also important.

My laptop has a numeric keyboard and the main keyboard and touchpad are shifted to the left. Because of that there is only one sensible place for the panel/dock - on the right side of the screen. Otherwise I would have to look at the panel all the time.

I am currently using Xfce with a fairly wide panel (plenty of space on the right anyway) configured in a "deskbar" mode.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu Unity
by Naomi on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 11:30 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu Unity"
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This. This is the reason I use GNOME 3. The asymmetry of Unity drives me nuts. Every time I think I've gotten used to it, I try a more symmetrical DE, and it feels like such a relief.

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