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  • There's Little Love For Ubuntu's Unity Desktop

    Phoronix: There's Little Love For Ubuntu's Unity Desktop

    The announcement of Ubuntu dropping the GNOME shell in favor of their own Unity interface that came during Mark Shuttleworth's keynote to kick off their Ubuntu 11.04 development summit has not been welcomed by many Linux users...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODcxNg

  • #2
    Wow, Ubuntu is falling even deeper into the realms of technical ineptitude, which I did not think was actually possible Fun !

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    • #3
      Kubuntu/kde4 forever.

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      • #4
        This suck's Phoronix, you're making Ubuntu look bad with this article. Most things i've read are good, yes there are lot's of people that actually think Ubuntu desktop edition will ship with the current UNE Unity. It's not.

        They are going to design a desktop edition using unity's technology. It will be faster since it won't use that crappy Mutter window manager, they'll use the latest Compiz packages.

        Gnome Shell = FAIL. I don't know anyone who likes it, not even the developers, that's why they are developing an Unity rip-off.

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        • #5
          Just like Gnome shell; too much mouse movement and too small interface for touch screens. Hell give me a week and I'll come up with a design that's a million times better than that! (And not KDE, but something for usability idiots)

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          • #6
            Lets hope compiz won't be sucked up and screwed up by canonicl.

            With gnome going nowhere, and kde/kwin having become an overengineered tech demo, compiz is our last hope for a neat desktop experience.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
              Just like Gnome shell; too much mouse movement and too small interface for touch screens. Hell give me a week and I'll come up with a design that's a million times better than that! (And not KDE, but something for usability idiots)
              Since it's going to use Compiz and it's a desktop shell I'm pretty sure we will get lot's of keyboard shortcuts.

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              • #8
                It only took a few minutes to realize that the Unity Desktop is very much a disappointment for desktops
                I wasn't disappointed the last six months I used it on my desktop.

                If I had to choose between the already bloated and slow GNOME Shell and Unity, Unity would win with no doubt.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by virtualspectre8 View Post
                  They are going to design a desktop edition using unity's technology. It will be faster since it won't use that crappy Mutter window manager, they'll use the latest Compiz packages.
                  If they announced this change and haven't even begun to design the interface that will be launched in 6 months then this is an even bigger fail than it appeared to be initially.

                  I was already planning on sitting on the LTS because they refuse to settle on any sort of base package selection (F-Spot anyone?), but this is probably enough to push me to Debian.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                    Just like Gnome shell; too much mouse movement and too small interface for touch screens. Hell give me a week and I'll come up with a design that's a million times better than that! (And not KDE, but something for usability idiots)
                    It's not just mouse movement, it's the general idea of hiding all the open windows that is simply an invitation for pure chaos - and you will end up in no time scanning through a nicely displayed arrangement of 40 windows trying to figure out which one you actually wanted to open - and forgetting it in the process. Secondly, it's totally unconfigurable - I like gnome at present because I can set it up in no time if I happen to upgrade a distro and offers all the functionality I need in a transparent way, but with gnome-shell this tendency of removing configuration options is really going one step to far. If you want to keep your desktop in order *transparently*, then opt for something like awn has with the launchers which also act as "window-list" entries if that program is open, that way one automatically tends to use tabs instead of opening 10 or so firefox windows with one tab each just because one is used to click on the firefox launcher when looking up something. And with such an approach, you will seldom have more than a third of your "panel" space occupied.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by locovaca View Post
                      If they announced this change and haven't even begun to design the interface that will be launched in 6 months then this is an even bigger fail than it appeared to be initially.

                      I was already planning on sitting on the LTS because they refuse to settle on any sort of base package selection (F-Spot anyone?), but this is probably enough to push me to Debian.
                      What makes you think they haven't designed a UI? They might have some super secret UI for months now, it happened with Unity Netbook, it could be the case with unity desktop. I'm sure they have concepts and designs that will evolve during development.

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                      • #12
                        Ugh it will use Unity as a base model!! not the netbook shell as it is now! wow how annoying are people as to omit this! It will be an interface designed for desktops based on Unity. Why are you even trolling with how the only good thing is that it will be suitable for is netbooks and small screen devices... As if it will be the UI that we see now it will be a REDESIGN (e.g some of the proposals are: it wont incorporate global menu, it will sport a redesigned menu and a more configurable floating dock) ! please read up on this stuff first.

                        Its not the first time we have seen the gnome UI forked! Intel did it with Moblin.

                        At least this way Canonical can develop new technologies and not have them declined the whole time by the closed minded gnome model..(indicator-applets, notify-osd) and bring a modern looking shell to the desktop.

                        Gnome shell is not much better than netbook unity! which is a woefully unfair comparison anyway because at present you are judging a netbook experience to what is meant to be a full desktop experience(gnome3)!

                        They have a full 6 months to add the extra functionality.. if we see what they did the last release commissioning new fonts, a netbook shell , software center improvements, Utouch, Ubuntu-one, redesigned installer, Icon improvements etc the new UI should be darn well better than what gnome-shell is stuck with now after months and months of waiting and release push backs.

                        Rant over but get some facts straight or at least a two sided story... A lot of people are excited about this too you know... sorry if i make no sense but its late and I just jammed everything down onto this comment box to get my point out ;-)

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                        • #13
                          I knew exactly what people would be going to complain about the minute I read the announcement.

                          I am very excited by this development.

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                          • #14
                            You are jumping too quickly to conclusions. For now I have more confidence in Canonical to come up with a good user interface than Gnome. For now the only the Gnome fanboys and the Ubuntu haters are manifesting themselves.

                            For me as a user I could care less if it is the Gnome shell or something else. I just want a usable, efficient system. Wait and see, let's judge Ubuntu on its merits.

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                            • #15
                              Unity's interface reminds me an awful lot of my current vertical, icons-only KDE task bar with an added top panel. I remain cautiously optimistic.

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