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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Belated reply to "What Users Want"
by eco2geek on Sun 7th Jul 2013 06:49 UTC
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This is a belated reply to the story posted on June 24th, "What Users Want", since one can no longer post a comment to it after 5 days.

There's an organization named Free Geek ( ) in my town; they sell pre-owned laptops in their thrift store. They, too, have moved to Xubuntu from gnome-fallback.

As to the switch from GRUB to GRUB2: You're not supposed to have to edit any menu.lst; the beauty of GRUB2 is that it does a good job of finding all the OSs on your hard drive and making sensible entries for them automagically. However, if you really want to, you can still edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg by hand (the actual name/location of its configuration file varies slightly by distribution); it'll just lose your changes the next time you run "update-grub".

Also, you can add your own distros to /etc/grub.d/40_custom if you want to chainload them. You can also modify the way GRUB acts by modifying /etc/default/grub (which is a plain-text config file). Finally, Ubuntu has excellent, comprehensive GRUB2 documentation available at .

As far as xorg.conf goes, if you miss it, just create one and it will (mostly) override Xorg's defaults. (For example, use the command "Xorg -configure" when X isn't running to create one in root's home.)

These days, xorg.conf's been broken up into parts; those parts usually live in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d. So you can also create your configuration files there.

If you have a GPU with an nvidia chipset and install the proprietary nvidia driver along with the "nvidia-xconfig" utility, guess what that utility will do? Create an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

So, as you can see, there's no reason to worry about the loss of "xorg.conf". And it wasn't just Canonical that switched to GRUB2 and did away with xorg.conf; most major distros did at the same time.

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