Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Desktop

If you upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 today then you will see an unfamiliar interface upon login. Unfortunately the Ubuntu Team (or Canonical) is trying to imitate the Mac OS X interface with a great failure. The user interface is completely unintuitive and being a long time Ubuntu user I was lost.

I use a Mac for development, Windows for gaming and Linux for large deployments at my job and servers. The users have grown accustomed to the drop down menus of 8.04, 10.04 etc. Since Ubuntu is changing faces completely every release, I will look for another distribution that is more consistent in regards to User Interface and functionality. In the beginning Ubuntu had the manual network interface configuration where you could do whatever you wanted and then they screwed up the network applet manager. Grub was finally working good then the messed it up by adding Grub2. I am not even going to say anything about the sound issues and then they added the dreaded indicator panel that uses a crapload of resources. If you run an LTSP server you need to look for another distribution since indicator panel will eat up all resources and it does not work as intended anyway. Sabayon ---what a joke. My opinion is that the people over at Canonical are just throwing crap against the wall to see what sticks.

To remove the ridiculous failed attempt at a UI you can see the instructions here

Now for the new distro. May openSuse? Next post will be about that...hopefully.

3 comments:

Alfred said...

I too have been bitterly disappointed by Ubuntu 11.04. I was thinking of moving on to CrunchBang Linux or Linux Mint(Debian using Xfce). I'm confused, actually. Could you suggest an alternative?

Alfred said...

I too have been bitterly disappointed by Ubuntu 11.04. I was thinking of moving on to CrunchBang Linux or Linux Mint(Debian using Xfce). I'm confused, actually. Could you suggest an alternative?

Nicolas Roussi said...

I played a bit with OpenSuse and it looks much more polished than Ubuntu. And you know that users like nice interfaces

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