Default Desktop Experience for 11.04

Sean McNamara smcnam at
Sat Apr 9 19:09:34 UTC 2011


On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Jorge O. Castro <jorge at> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 12:43 AM, Sean McNamara <smcnam at> wrote:
>> As a long time Gnome2 user (and prior to that Windows), I agree that
>> not having the Windows-style "taskbar" is rather jarring for someone
>> used to having it. Changing between windows in Unity is a mystery, and
>> if you are running more than 2 applications it becomes unmanageable
>> and takes way too much time for multi-taskers.
>> The answer to this question is a function of the user's screen
>> resolution / number of monitors. For a small screen single-monitor
>> setup, the answer is probably "Yes, the strengths shine quite well".
>> For workstations with large wide-screens or multi-monitor, the answer
>> is probably "No, the weaknesses are overwhelmingly bad".
> Having used Unity all cycle with multiple monitors and apps I find
> this feedback surprising. I was going to go point by point addressing
> how multitasking works in Unity, but instead I made a video of how I
> use it to highlight my points. If anything to me Unity feels like
> GNOME 2.x multitasking on steroids:
> Web:
> Download:

I really enjoyed this video, Jorge! You taught me a few things I
didn't know, and made it all look so easy. Maybe the problem is with
me as a user, acting like an old curmudgeon, too used to *clicking* on
windows in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and not being able
to get my head out of this paradigm. If that's all it is, well, that's
no good reason to keep back Unity!

I'll give it another serious look this weekend and let you know if I
get used to the keyboard shortcuts. I've spent 5 or 6 years training
myself that the super key is useless under Linux; time to reverse that

BTW, you should tout this video far and wide. I'm sure the folks at
OMG! Ubuntu would love this.




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