tweaking 12.04 to look and act like 10.04

Gilles Gravier ggravier at
Thu Mar 29 04:36:00 UTC 2012


On 29/03/2012 02:05, rikona wrote:
> 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. :-)

Unity is nice for people who do "a relatively small number of things".
Since it has one bar with "a relatively small number of big buttons" on
the left. Figure out the 5 to 10 things they do usually, put it in the
button bar on the left and they never have to worry again.


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