Ubuntu usability is significantly decreased with Unity

Jeremy Bicha jeremy at bicha.net
Thu Dec 29 01:10:48 UTC 2011

On 28 December 2011 17:55, Nenad <nenad_lecek at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I do not see where to choose Gnome Panel. Again, I'm using Ubuntu 11.10. If
> I could remove Unity from my desktop and put Gnome panel instead fine with
> me. But, because is far from obvious where&how to do it, you have my
> comments.

You can install gnome-panel from either Software Center, Synaptic, or
apt-get. Then on the login screen, click the gear button next to your
name and choose GNOME Classic. You might be a bit disappointed as
Ubuntu's nice indicator status menus weren't ported to gnome-panel for
Ubuntu 11.10 but they will be available in 12.04. By the way, you need
to hold down the Alt key (or if Compiz is running: Alt and the Windows
key) to customize gnome-panel 3's applets.

I don't recommend attempting to remove Unity.

> I have impression that the Unity is mandatory, simply because I cannot find
> a way to switch back to Gnome Panel. So, if Gnome Panel is available in
> Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity is not mandatory, fine. And again, Unity was selected
> as a default option - bad choice, the user should have easier way to switch
> between Unity and Gnome Panel.

In my limited experience, people new to Linux don't have a problem
with Unity especially if someone shows them how to use it. In fact, I
think it's a better experience for this user group than the classic
GNOME desktop. For a variety of reasons, Ubuntu will not provide
multiple desktops by default (basically for the same reasons Ubuntu
doesn't provide multiple web browsers or photo editors). However, a
variety of desktop interfaces and applications are available for easy
install in the Software Center.


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