How to install Precise without getting screwed?

Dane Mutters dmutters at
Wed Apr 11 16:54:55 UTC 2012

> That said, if you can find specific things you are having problems with
> and make
> specific suggestions about how to solve the problems that are generally
> their
> direction, you've got a chance of being heard.  "Go back to what it was"
> has
> no chance at all.<>


I appreciate your directness and honesty.  For me, I think I'll move away
from Ubuntu entirely until things get sorted out.  I hope it won't be
terribly long, though I note that it took several years to get the
already-existing Gnome 2 fully usable.  Maybe this will be different.

In truth, if they can make Unity as good as Gnome 2 was (or better), and
not terribly inconvenient or time-consuming to learn, I won't really care
that it's not what I used to use.  I'm just extremely frustrated with not
having functionality that I've previously relied upon.  (Dale, I sympathize
with you strongly on this, as do many others.)

If anyone can recommend a good, full-featured distribution that fills the
same basic niche as Ubuntu, for use in the meantime, I'd be happy to hear
your suggestions (as might others).  (I might go with an RPM distro, since
my Canon printer seems to hate DEB systems.)

If I might recommend one final thing...can the essence of this discussion
be somehow posted in an easy-to-find place on Ubuntu's various web pages
and forums?  It would be helpful to have an official notice that "this is
how it is, and it's not going back to how it was."  It would save a lot of
people (like me) a lot of trouble in trying to present ideas about what's
unsatisfactory and needs changing, seeing as the direction of development
apparently finds such input (concerning the GUI) unimportant at this time.
As a policy, I find this quite unfortunate, but if that's "just how it is,"
a simple warning would be nice.


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