An idea/feature request for incorporating a "Classic" menu into Unity

Mayank Rungta mr.mynk at
Thu Dec 1 19:30:36 UTC 2011

> Le 01/12/2011 09:14, Mayank Rungta a ├ęcrit :
>> I am not sure if this is the right forum but since this topic has 
>> been touched I wanted to know how well the unity interface has been 
>> received. I see a lot of posts on returning to the classic gnome. It 
>> appears that there are just too many people out there missing the 
>> classic features.
> Unity has been received well by some users and less well by some 
> others, you mostly read about the unhappy ones on the internet for 
> several reasons (one being that happy users usually don't feel the 
> need to start discussions about what is working fine for them, another 
> ones is that the people who are interested in participating to online 
> discussions about their computers are also the ones who like to be 
> able to tweak things and the one that will got unhappy about lack of 
> customization).
Actually yes most of my circle is filled with people who like things to 
work a particular way.
>> Basic things like Alt Tab behave very differently killing the purpose 
>> of virtual desktops (grouping as you roll through all the windows) 
>> and grouping of similar windows again is a problem as I would have a 
>> particular type of application (say Thunderbird) on the same Desktop. 
>> I can't wait for Alt Tab expand - the older method was so much 
>> simpler and faster. Any particular reason to change it? 
> No reason, in fact the switcher will be working "by workspace" in the 
> next version so that should address your issue.
Great! :)
>> I can't customize any of the panels - can't add shortcuts to panels, 
>> resize them, add panels, etc. The worst part is a lot of these things 
>> I am not even able to revert back to. Why is the new interface so rigid?
> Because adding options and customability takes time and efforts and 
> makes the code harder to maintain and get working (you have complexity 
> and cases to test every time you give an option), it's also not 
> something most users care about tweaking (look at windows users or 
> macos ones to see how many want to tweak their "panel and applets", 
> most users are just fine with the default layout). Nobody forces you 
> to use unity, if that sort of customization is important to you, you 
> can try xfce or kde or gnome-panel for example.
I did try kde - was too slow . As for customization windows at least 
allows quick launch icons and moving icons around. Even the fall back 
takes me to a rather rigid gnome. Can't change much.
>> I am myself moving to StumpWM now to make things easier for myself - 
>> at least predictable at a much better performance. A colleague is 
>> even contemplating creating a light weight desktop based on StumpWM 
>> with basic things in place as it is so much faster. Haven't tried 
>> xmonad yet. At least StumpWM gives a good mix of using mouse and 
>> keyboard. But for my newbie friends I was hoping the current 
>> interface was simpler or behaved like the conventional desktop.
> Great that you find something that works for you!
Yes I am good or shall be in some time. What I am hoping is the default 
works for most people. I have given unity quite some time and I am 
hoping it improves in the new releases! :)
> -- 
> Sebastien Bacher

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