[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Paula Graham pmgazz at gmx.co.uk
Fri Dec 2 14:53:13 UTC 2011

On 02/12/11 10:59, Alan Pope wrote:
> On 01/12/11 23:52, thegeeksquadron at ymail.com wrote:
>> Is Ubuntu going in the wrong direction?
> I personally don't believe so, no. I personally think it's going in
> exactly the _right_ direction, but some people seem obsessed by
> yesterday, today and tomorrow and not next year or next decade.
We're still promoting Ubuntu with Unity as a desktop for general users
as the integration is hard to beat. At the moment, it's not 'just
working' but I hope it will 'just work' OOB again in 12.04 for general
desktop users. I think Unity is excellent for general users - and they
seem to love it, bugs and all! We're also still using Ubuntu on servers.

Personally, I've switched to Bodhi on my desktop because Unity is (a)
not working properly on any of my desktop computers and (b) it's not
nearly configurable enough for me and I find it irritating. I'll also
have to cancel my sub to Ubuntu One as I can't set it up it easily on
other distros.

I like the Englightenment desktop as it combines configurability,
lightness and a reasonable degree of eye-candy. It also means I can have
the same desktop on everything from my eePC to my Lenovo (rather than
xfce on some and Unity on others). I don't think that MATE will be the
future of computing - things are moving on and the question is probably
more 'how' than 'whether'.

On the downside, Bodhi needs quite a lot more tinkering but I think this
will be reduced when Bodhi based on 12.04 comes out - mostly it results
from running a mix of backported 10.04 apps with kernel 3.0 and new
Mozilla releases packaged to run on Ubuntu 10.04 Bodhi.

I'll have a look at 12.04 but think it's likely I'll stick with Bodhi
and Dropbox now for my own personal use but will continue to promote
Ubuntu for mainstream users.


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