How to install Precise without getting screwed?

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre mathieu-tl at ubuntu.com
Wed Apr 11 04:26:40 UTC 2012


On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM, Dane Mutters <dmutters at gmail.com> wrote:
[...]
> So, now that we've gotten some matters of conduct out of the way (we have,
> haven't we?), does anyone care to suggest what to do about making the GUI(s)
> of Ubuntu more usable for those who aren't OK with the current offerings?

Have you considered trying the other window manager that are available
for installation? Between Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu which each install
their own different window manager by default; and being able to
install GNOME Shell (gnome-shell) to replace Unity (or
gnome-session-fallback for a GNOME2-like look), there's a fair amount
of choice.

No matter which option you'll choose, there is bound to be some amount
of change in the look and feel, since even GNOME is moving away from
what you're used to seeing in 10.04 with the two panels. That will
mean some amount of relearning, with a varying transition period
depending on your choice.

As far as I can tell, from an LTS to LTS upgrade perspective it's all
a matter of choosing whether you want to spend increasing amounts of
time figuring out how to get the same look you were used to, or
spending a (relatively) finite amount of time relearning interface to
familiarize yourself with <new window manager of choice>. That's true
for all other distros at this point in time, the difference is that
Ubuntu has chosen to go with Unity as the default window manager for
Ubuntu Desktop installs (as opposed to Kubuntu or others).

Regards,

Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre <mathieu-tl at ubuntu.com>
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