[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu - Wrong Direction?

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Sun Dec 4 15:50:15 UTC 2011

** Tony Pursell <ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk> [2011-12-03 00:42]:
> On 2 December 2011 23:36, Paul Tansom <paul at aptanet.com> wrote:
> > ** Alan Pope <alan at canonical.com> [2011-12-02 11:03]:
> > > 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.
> >
> > I agree, I think in the longer term this will probably be good. I certainly
> > prefer Unity to Gnome Shell (with the proviso that this is based on reading
> > about both, but only having used Unity so far!). My main gripe is that it
> > has
> > been rushed out as the primary desktop when it is so painfully unfinished.
> > Things I want to do just aren't easy yet and force me to the command line
> > and
> > Google (this feels very last millenium Linux!), and some of the changes
> > I'm not
> > keen on I could easily adjust if there were configuration options for them.
> >
> > A few examples:
> >
> You can use the Ubuntu Unity Plugin options in CompizConfig Settings
> Manager to alter how the Launcher hides/reveals.  You will probably have to
> install CompizConfig Settings Manager.  Its not installed by default as far
> as I know, and I think that is because it is dangerous to change some of
> the other features with Unity running.

Yes, I tried that, but as you say it is dangerous, and not just if you change
something. I found that just looking to see what configuration options were in
one section immediately lost Unity altogether and I haven't yet managed to
completely restore everything. The main thing left is the coloured our greyed
state of the windows, they seem to be defined on opening and never change,
which can cause confusion as to which is active!

> There is also a GUI being developed for creating .desktop files as used in
> the Launcher, etc,  For now, there is some stuff around, particularly on
> AskUbuntu, which describes how they are put together.

I'll have to take another look. Unity does, for now at least, seem to be taking
you back to the late 90's in terms of needing to adjust configurations by
editing config files in Vim. Not that I spefically object to that personally,
so long as there is decent documentation, but it is far from "Linux for Human

** end quote [Tony Pursell]

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