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Thread: Ubuntu fans take note

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    Default Ubuntu fans take note

    Heads-up Ubuntu fans

    Shuttleworth continues on his mission to reshape the desktop

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    Looking promising
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    I need to start looking for a new distro

    I hate this new "search" approach, its very unfriendly. Now adding this to everything will just make it worse. After abandoning Ubuntu after 10.10 because of the Unity desktop, I installed Ubuntu again a couple of days ago (11.10). Big mistake that was. I couldnt find anything! This whole "search" thing is driving me crazy - how must I know whats installed with a fresh install? Searching for "Synaptic Package Manager" returns zero results... So I spend 15 min looking for it only to find it wasnt part of my clean install.

    Why spend time typing out "compose new email" when I can click one button? Makes no sense to me at all...

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    I switched to Mint when Ubuntu started using the Unity desktop. Much, much, much better
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    It would a great addition to Ubuntu if it was added as a new feature, but it would be terrible replacement to the existing menu system.

    Some of the changes are too radical for the old school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valis View Post
    I switched to Mint when Ubuntu started using the Unity desktop. Much, much, much better
    How is Mint's repos? Extensive and Compatible with Ubuntu's?

    Ran into major conflicts a few year ago, could not get the 3g to work which left a bad taste, I had to switch back to Ubuntu.

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    I also switched out when Unity arrived (hate the interface), but to Fedora. While I won't be going back, I can appreciate the direction that Mark is taking. He is at least trying new ideas and trying to push advancements in the way we interact with our machines. And this is where the freedom of choice at least kicks in - if you don't like the changes, or future direction, you can always switch out... or switch in at any time if you want to try it out.

    Having said that though, I do feel that if the whole voice activated menu is the direction that Mark is pushing for, then Ubuntu will become nothing more than a mess-around-with distro. Why? With the presumption that corporate marketing of Linux increases and that corporate uptake for workstation linux increases, can you imagine having an office full of staff all talking at once? Imagine calling the support centre, and having to listen to the support consultant rattle off commands to their machine? Productivity of multi-tasking secretaries will decrease (can't answer a phone and continue working). Which means that Ubuntu won't be a viable option, relegating it home use only. Again, that with presumptions.

    But even then, with home use, I often sit listening to music or with the TV on in the background when checking mails, etc. While background noise can be dealt with easily enough, what about if I'm wearing headphones listening to music, what if there are other people in the room who are actually watching TV or whatever else. How will basic gaming be handled, given that there is some drive to bring gaming to Linux, etc etc etc.

    Point is, even without the idea of having to know the various commands, do extra work to find installed applications, etc, I think that if the direction is a voice controlled system, then Ubuntu is going to fall significantly as a viable distro. (Given certain presumptions of course )

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    It makes little sense to me. Shuttleworth seems to be experimenting with desktops in a live environment, and most linux users wouldn't mind either staying out dated or jumping distros when things aren't working well.

    A better approach would have been to branch unbuntu - keeping the original fan base well supported and loyal, and released something like "ubuntu two" that has all this experimental stuff Shuttleworth is putting together. Maybe only reveal "ubuntu two" when it's in a much better and completed state?

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    I'm running 12.04 alpha 2 at the moment.

    It's as stable as a rock, and I'm loving unity. I've tried Cinnamon, KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Gnome Shell, and I keep just wanting to return to unity.

    As for the HUD, it's installed on my computer now. In theory, I think its a great idea, and will just take some getting used to. In the mean time, the menus aren't going to go away, so this takes nothing away from the user experience, only adds to it.

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    This has got to be the worst idea ive ever heard in my entire life.

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    Very interesting. And seeing how Ubuntu can be loaded on the galaxy tab this would work quite well. Possibly the direction shuttleworth is going? Combined tablet and desktop interface?
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    100+
    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    This has got to be the worst idea ive ever heard in my entire life.

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    It's similar to spotlight or quicksilver on OSX, you either love it or hate it.

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