tweaking 12.04 to look and act like 10.04

Lucio M Nicolosi lmnicolosi at
Thu Mar 29 06:59:22 UTC 2012

On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:36 AM, Gilles Gravier <ggravier at> wrote:

> 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.
> GIlles.

After a long time of quick sneaks, decided to give Unity (11.10) a
fair try and leave my trusty and friendly and efficient Gnome 3
Classic for a while. After a week or two it began to seem less nasty
as I got accustomed to some of its features and the ugly left icons.

A few of the indicators at:
were helpful, mainly as a kind of reassurance that in case of need I
would have, for instance, my classic menu at hand or the (now buggy)
nice weather report.

Yesterday I was fiddling with the cpu frequency settings apps (that
didn't work for me) and had to go back to Gnome Classic to be sure of
the correct settings. Surprise! Gnome looked somehow old fashioned as
I missed some of Unity's features.

Perhaps, as Gilles said, I just do not run a lot of different things
at once (only use the four standard workspaces) but presently I think
it is possible to stay with Unity, even like it (especially after
checking Windows 8)

In doubt, before abandoning the ship, look for the available add-ons
and give Unity it a try. Maybe it will also surprise you.


Lucio M. Nicolosi, Eng.
Open Source Implementation
System and Applications

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