[ubuntu-uk] Unity and Gnome Shell

Les Cunningham les.cunningham at mypostoffice.co.uk
Tue Oct 26 21:23:50 BST 2010

I have been looking at reviews of Gnome Shell, and I do not like what I 
have seen. (I have also tried running it, without success so far.) The 
screenshots show lots of white text on a black background, which I 
dislike as I find it difficult to read, although I suppose that there 
will be themes available in due course which I will find more 
acceptable. More importantly, I suspect that for some uses it will be 
more awkward than Gnome 2. If I am understanding it correctly, if there 
are two or more maximised windows open on one desktop, switching between 
them will take 2 or 3 mouse clicks, rather than just one as at present. 
However, I dare say if I used it for a while once it has been more fully 
developed I could get used to it.

I have also tried using Unity, which is apparently to be the default for 
11.04. The first problem was that it was unacceptably slow, taking 
several seconds to respond to mouse clicks, and therefore I quickly 
uninstalled it. However, I saw enough of it to decide that there is no 
way I want to use it; the whole concept seems totally unsuitable for 
desktop computers. I do not think I would be happy using it even on a 
netbook. If, when I first tried Ubuntu, I had been faced with someting 
along the lines of Unity, I would probably still be using Windows.

The decision to move the window controls from the right to the left 
would have been annoying, but it is easy to move them back. I doubt if I 
will be installing any version of Ubuntu which includes Unity, unless it 
is possible to replace it easily with Gnome 2 or an improved Gnome 
Shell. I guess I will be sticking to 10.4 and 10.10 for a while, and 
then if Canonical are still touting Unity I will just have to switch to 


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