migration path suggestions?

Rashkae ubuntu at tigershaunt.com
Wed Mar 14 03:45:07 UTC 2012

On 03/13/2012 11:30 PM, M.R. wrote:
> The more I look at 12.04, the more I'm coming to that conclusion.
> I wish there was a succinct statement of the purpose behind all those
> changes to gui, so that based on that I can make the decision. As it
> is, I'm forced to decipher their strategy behind it all looking at a
> large volume of details, with a significant investment of my time.
> As it appears, that investment is likely to be lost...
> Ditching Unity (12.04 GUI/desktop?) means ditching Ubuntu, right?

Not at all.  Ubuntu has a huge repository that includes just about every 
Open Source Desktop that exists.  There are even 'spins', which is to 
say, install CD's that have a different desktop environment by default.  
Some you might have heard of, such as Xubuntu (for a more Gnome 2 like 
environment, I suggest this one.).  Kubutu, Lubuntu, etc.

Whichever you install, you are a free to install any desktop variation 
over top of it.  I still have to test it for my purposes, but I'm 
holding great hope for the 'Cairo Dock' dekstop.  (Gnome 3 with Compiz, 
but using Cairo dock for interface instead of Unity.  So much potential 
goodness there, assuming that Compiz remains viable and the QT bugs with 
Cairo have been resolved.)

Also worth considering, the new Gome 3 fork being developed by Mint is 
also packaged for Ubuntu.  That's another I'm looking forward to 
experimenting with.

It's a shame that those of us who were comfortable with Gnome 2 now have 
to go desktop shopping all over again, but I can't fault Ubuntu for that 
all.  It was the Gnome maintainers who forced abandoned it.

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