tweaking 12.04 to look and act like 10.04

rikona rikona at
Thu Mar 29 00:05:45 UTC 2012

Hello Colin,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:46:10 PM, Colin wrote:

> On 28 March 2012 20:27, rikona <rikona at> wrote:
>> Monday, March 26, 2012, 1:59:47 PM, Ross wrote:
>>> Oh! s..t. I lost my notes on this, so it will be very vague. The
>>> first thing I did was install 12.04 64 and get all the up dates
>>> installed. Then I chose the simplest 2D set up, as I do not care for
>>> all the eye candy. Then I googled for top panels etc, getting rid of
>>> the gnome panel, etc. I am 83 and my memory is very short, but I
>>> will install 12.04 in a VBOX and start over again, and post my
>>> findings.
>> Please do - this is nice. If I have to upgrade, I'd like to make the
>> transition as easy, nice, and painless as possible for several folks
>> on different boxes.

> Before you go to all that effort at least show them Unity and all the
> nice things it can do and see whether they might like its simplicity.

These are, with a couple of exceptions, not 'computer folks' - just
ordinary people who want do do a relatively small number of things -
surf, email, pix, video, etc. They would prefer NOT to have any
learning curve, if possible. They have made it clear that if it looks
like the present setup and is immediately fully usable, that is what
they would prefer. Just sit down and start working, and be immediately
productive. It is always nice to please the customer. :-)

Now, for folks like that, what are the 'nice things' you refer to? Is
it immediately obvious, without RTFM, how to do it? And, in the
process, is the next move intuitive or on-screen BEFORE the fact? The
'nice things' should be MUCH nicer if there is going to be a
perhaps-steep learning curve. Is it really THAT much nicer? :-)

Re simplicity, the ultimate in simplicity is the CLI. And, you can do
thousands of 'nice things' with it. Sounds like that is what everyone
should want. :-))

I will likely show them Unity. If I hear groans, or 'forget it,' I'd
like to have a good backup plan that they will like.

If 12.04 looks and acts like 10.04, what functionality will they be
missing, if anything? This is a key question. If nothing is really
missing, then the look-alike sounds good to me...



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