[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Dec 3 04:15:56 UTC 2011

On 2 December 2011 11:30, Simon Greenwood <sfgreenwood at gmail.com> wrote:
> For my 2p worth, I'm happy with Unity as I like the paradigm of the GUI,
> having returned to Linux after many years of OS X.

I think it is easier if you have Mac experience. If all someone knows
is Windows, they're lost.

> The only issues I see
> within Ubuntu are Compiz as a CPU hog

Not noticed that...

>  and a very slow start time on my
> desktop machine which seems to be caused by ubuntuone-client.

Oh my yes. But then it did that under GNOME 2, as well. I've just
removed it - it locks my 5000+MHz dual-core machine with 4G of RAM
solid for 10min at a time sometimes. It's /intolerably/ slow. I never
use it; Dropbox works better for me, I'm afraid.

> There's no doubt that Unity has split the Ubuntu userbase considerably, but
> the great thing is of course that there are other directions for the desktop
> such as Mint or Xubuntu or Lubuntu  - I have to say what I've seen of Gnome
> 3 is awful so far, and given Xubuntu or Lubuntu I would end up customising
> it to look and act not unlike Unity - perhaps not so much with Zeigeist and
> the other background enhancements, but with a toolbar based UI - but that's
> the fun of it.

I agree!

I spent weeks trying to get GNOME 2 working with vertical panels. It
never worked right. I sort of bodged something usable between a
rearranged top panel and ADeskBar on my right monitor for
task-switching. It was ugly and kludgy but it worked.

Unity is a breeze, a breath of fresh air by comparison. Remarkably
smooth and polished for such a young product.

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