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Ubuntu 12.10: New features, new levels of user-friendliness

Ubuntu 12.10 is less than two months away from release. One feature in particular stands out as an overwhelming favorite to launch Ubuntu into new reaches of user-friendliness. The future of Ubuntu is all about web-integration.
Ubuntu 12.04 brought to the table one of the most user-friendly desktop operating systems to date. With the improvements to Unity, Ubuntu took leaps forward in usability and did so in an incredibly unique way -- making something radically different work more efficiently than the standard metaphor. Well, release 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) will arrive October 18, 2012 and it promises to improve upon what 12.10 had to offer. Seeing as how that is now less than two months away, I thought it time to discuss some of the feature additions that will appear in the upcoming release.

Some of the improvements with 12.10 won't be in the way of features. Some will come by way of aesthetic improvements. For example, the default 12.10 theme and login screen will get a bit of an overhaul. But it's not the "look" of the desktop that will really stand out this time around. It's all about integration -- into the web. That's right, Ubuntu has continued developing toward a highly and tightly integrated solution so the user can find and work with everything they need from within the desktop. What exactly does this entail? Let's take a look.

Integrated web apps

At first this might seem little more than the ability to open a dedicated web browser window with a web app -- it's much more than that. The Ubuntu WebApps is a new API that allows web applications to tightly integrate with Unity and make use of various features. The web-based applications can take advantage of the notification system, the HUD, the Launcher, and more. This means that, for example, when you have, say, a Google Docs file open, the Google Docs menu system will be directly accessible via the HUD (Head Up Display).

Users will also have automatic integration between Google docs and the notification system (no more installing a third-party software).

There is already an impressive list of sites that support the API:

News Sites:
  • BBC News (bbc.co.uk/news)
  • CNN News (edition.cnn.co m)
  • Yahoo! News (news.yahoo.com/)
  • Google News (news.google.co m)
  • Yandex News (news.yandex.ru)
  • Google Reader (google.com/reader)
  • Reddit (reddit.com)
Mail services:
  • GMail (mail.google.co m)
  • Yahoo! Mail (mail.yahoo.com)
  • Yandex Mail (mail.yandex.ru)
  • QQ Mail (mail.qq.com)
  • Windows Live Mail (login.live.com)
  • Mail RU (mail.ru)
Social Networks:
  • Facebook (facebook.com)
  • Twitter (twitter.com)
  • Google+ (plus.google.co m)
  • VK.com (vk.com)
  • LinkedIn (linkedin.com)
  • YouTube (youtube.com)
  • Tumblr (tumblr.com)
Games:
  • Cut the Rope (cuttherope.ie)
  • Angry Birds (chrome.angrybi rds.com)
  • Lord of Ultima (lordofultima.c om)
  • Command and Conquer: Tiberium Alliances (alliances.comm andandconquer. com)
Office Apps:
  • Google Docs (docs.google.co m)
  • Google Calendar (google.com/calendar)
Misc
  • Launchpad (launchpad.net)
  • WordPress.com (wordpress.com)
  • Amazon (amazon.com)
  • Amazon Cloud reader (read.amazon.co m)
  • Subway IRC

For any developer that wishes to add their site to the list, go to the Ubuntu Web Apps API Documentation to get started.

Dash Previews

Another really cool feature is Dash Previews. What this feature will do is display app previews from within the Dash. This means users will have at their fingertips quick preview of apps, files and other items such as music, videos and more. These previews will be available without launching a single application. With media files, you can search for a song and right-click on it (when it appears in the Dash), and you will instantly see tag information about the music as well hear the music automatically  start playing.

Easier app installation

The developers of Ubuntu have made it incredibly easy to install applications. From the Unity Dash you can search for an application. The search results will reveal if you have the app installed and, if not, will give you a list of apps from the Ubuntu Software Center. You can click on the app you want to install, enter your sudo password, and the app will be installed on your PC -- no need to open up the Ubuntu Software Center.

Other improvements

Users should also experience a noticeable performance increase (thanks to the 3.4 kernel -- though I had hoped the 3.6 kernel would make it). Thanks to all of the performance optimizations being done for ARM-based systems, all Intel-based systems will be gaining a boost. Also adding a boost to performance is the OpenGL performance optimizations for Unity.

The Update Manager will also get a face lift. This was done to alleviate any confusion between the Ubuntu Software Center and the Update Manger. The UM will now be very clearly singular in purpose as well as simple to use.

You should also know that the downloadable ISO for Ubuntu 12.10 will be a single 800 MB image. What has been done is the CD and DVD images have been consolidated into a single image. So be aware your download times will be afflected.

Yes, the big deal with Ubuntu 12.10 is the web-integration -- and it makes perfect sense. The world of the desktop has already become increasingly more dependent upon cloud-based tools. Having direct integration between those tools and the desktop is a wise choice and I think it will send Ubuntu even further ahead of its competition.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

57 comments
justin_freid
justin_freid

12.10 puts Ubuntu ahead of OS X and Windows usability-wise with the integration of cloud services into Unity. Successfully bridging the gap between cloud-based apps and desktop ones is a benchmark of a progressive OS.

tenchidbz
tenchidbz

I use 12.04 LTS now, as a secondary OS to Windows. I am waiting for 12.10 to try it out and see if I like it. I do like Unity and also Gnome 2.6/3.0. Not a fan of KDE that much. Though I am NOT going to buy Windows 8, even though the upgrade is only $40.

grafman
grafman

Someday web integration will be secure and work smoothly. Until then leave the web in the browser.

bookkeeper
bookkeeper

I for think its a kewl idea to intergrate some apps as far as security that will be always a risk nobody what OS you use. Nobody is say you have to use them in the first place, there is always other software you can use. I like the fact that they are always moving forward making it easier for the users. Each user is different and if the OS gives you a variety of choices to customize it the way you want i think that is a good thing. Signed Just an opinion

yorkshirepudding
yorkshirepudding

I deployed Ubuntu onto an aging laptop (max 1GB ram, 20GB HDD, 1.7MHz processor) that simply couldn't handle XP anymore. It is an improvement over XP, but still could be faster. Permanently connecting it to a network share took lots of research, trial and error. It still locks up, produces obscure error messages, and periodically requests that I download hundreds aof megabytes of updates. I am currently investigating some of the lighter distributions as alternatives for this machine. While I want to become more expert in Linux, this machine needs to just work for my wife to be able to just check emails, check weather, use audio player, etc.

dallaswv
dallaswv

About the only thing I would REALLY like to see put back in is the screen saver function. I was really dissapointed when they took the screen saver out of Ubuntu.

ellisons
ellisons

I will either be "Booed" off or flooded with details but I have to ask this question. I am "Over" M/S and have been considering using Linux on my laptop for a long time. Problem is I am told by so many people that trying to install any Linux distro on said laptop is near to impossible (Driver availability etc). It is a Dell Studio 1737. What I need to know is am I being given good or bad advice please? I have also been advised that Ubuntu is the easiest to install and understand?? Some straight answers would be much appreciated please. Regards, Chris

jdwhite5
jdwhite5

I just updated to Ubuntu 12.04 today on my grossly UNDER-powered Linux computer (which won't even install other fine Linux distros). It installed painlessly (wow!!! from this experienced Windows 7 user), allowed me to installed the beta of Ashampoo's fine Office 2012 Suite for Linux (without a re-boot!!!) and it looks great on lame antique hardware (384 RAM—yeah, I know, should/will upgrade the RAM soon). Two previous distros (Linspire and its last upgrade) ran beautifully about four years without a re-boot. I would have tried PC-Linux (recommended by Linux fanatic friends) but it wouldn't run on this antique. I have no idea whether Ubuntu 12.10 will be an improvement, but I am VERY impressed with 12.04, considering the hardware burden of this oldie. JDWH1

ewodrich
ewodrich

This is my opinion. [Begin RANT] Everybody wants to jump all over [i]"The Cloud"[/i] and make out like it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Do you really want all of the invasion of your privacy as business and governments continue to ignore the laws and your personal rights in the name of profit and power? Do you really want to be tracked no matter what you do? Do you really want all of the security holes that will be opened up? And what happens when your internet connection goes down? What about when they have successfully denied you the ability to have standalone applications on your computer (You know, the one that you purchased and own? The one about which you should be screaming at the top of your lungs that "It is your computer and NOT theirs?") Get ready to have to put in a credit card number and get charged by the cpu second of usage!! Do you really want to be violated, over and over, like that? Wake UP!! Stop being [i]"sheeple"[/i] and say "NO" to [i]The Cloud[/i]!! [/End RANT]

bcscomp
bcscomp

This is why I left Ubuntu over a year ago. I could see the way it was going and bailed out. I??m now using SolusOS on a Lenovo G560 with a Corsair SSD and enjoying every minute!

RishiMaharaj
RishiMaharaj

I wish the hardware support was better. My WiFi adapter stopped working after I upgraded.

Bob-El
Bob-El

Ah, I would have been so happy if you reported that the WebApps were to include Netflix. It's so annoying to have to run Windows to watch a movie.

emenau
emenau

News Sites: WHY add misinformation to a desktop? you like to be brainwashed? you can't think for yourself? Mail services: who needs ALL of those? 99% overhead Social Networks: thats for stupid people who waste time and money to be spy'ed on themselves Games: nice for children but ... is it a toy or a desktop???? Please bring back a decent GNOMEbuntu (like ubuntu gnome-shell remix) to a REAL desktop withouth all the bling/social/game stuff and migrate the unity diaper-ware to toddler-buntu I moved from Win7 to Ubuntu several years ago and until unity all was great, though unity gave me SERIOUS doubts. moving to Unity AND dropping GNOME2 is the biggest COMBINED mistake Ubuntu has made. When doing a bold thingg like that AT LEAST keep the most used option ALIVE atleast until the new thing is out of its diapers. Unity is NOT ready for everyday use. It is just a a toddler learning to stand up-right. And yes time to move on.. What is the best Debian based GNOME desktop alternative? Debian, Mint, Ubuntu gnome shell remix, etc. and who has the best website that helps users helping themselves?

The_Real_BSAFH
The_Real_BSAFH

Really? Has everyone lost their minds? I don't trust M$'$ cloud and I sure don't trust Google's.

aserbian
aserbian

Unity stink, I have 3 years using Ubuntu and when changes to Unity, my first impression was "oh really good desktop" and later 2 months using it , I change to "old style" Gnome 2. Right now I'm using Lubuntu, with some problems, but it's a better choice. P.S. Windows 8 remember me Unity.

slefave
slefave

Making the web more integrated with our desktops only means more web integration into our lives and our business. We need less web integration and more performance improvements as the software is getting increasingly onerous on the systems. With that in mind, the OSs need to be less integrated with other useless things that we can access through the browsers anyway. Nothing wrong with putting links on the desktop to specific pages. That's all the "web" integration I need on my system.

hometoy
hometoy

I think this is a smart move by Ubuntu/Canonical. Microsoft and Apple are both working towards a more cloud/native hybrid approach and as Android has shown, if it works people don't care what it is running. And, like Microsoft and Apple, with Ubuntu One they have a cloud presence to integrate and leverage for integrating. I look forward to trying it out when it comes.

sandyinTus
sandyinTus

That's all I need - Google! (note I had the sarcasm lock set) I dumped all things Google when they integrated to improve their tracking of us. Don't need, don't want no stinkin' web integration.

mitchloftus
mitchloftus

All fine and well..... right up until "the web" gets overloaded, crashes, is sabotaged, or is shut down by an overbearing government. Not to mention the "normal" outages. Then what will happen? I can tell you: screwed. Few businesses these days can function for long without internet as it is. If ALL your critical data processing functions depend on the internet you have made your business very vulnerable to a set of fatal influences that you have NO control over. I say: not smart.

hometoy
hometoy

"Well, release 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) will arrive October 18, 2012 and it promises to improve upon what 12.10 had to offer." Should it be "upon what 12.04 had to offer." ?

sir_cheats_alot
sir_cheats_alot

this is dumb. . .I agree with janitorman here. who really needs web integration? it's a great way to open up new vulnerabilities that otherwise wouldn't exist. *sighs* this most certainly isn't something to find encouraging. Unity to linux is like "metro" was to windows 8...great for tablets, utter crap for non-touch enabled desktop users. most people hated it when it first came out, and the vast majority of those people still hate it now. sure you can replace it with some other Desktop Environment, but usually you cause instability(which never happened in versions prior to 10.04 as they didn't have unity or One yet) in doing so, because it is so heavily integrated. . .one would have thought they'd have learned from MS's mistake of integrating IE so closely to windows all those years ago. I hate that they've pushed this crap on the users. . .I'm still hoping they'll come to their senses and get rid of it or at least make a separate tablet/touch version specifically for it, and get us back to a usable desktop environment default, and quit changing crap! *sighs* I miss the 8.04 days. . .sure it had it's problems, but all were minor in comparison. plus it still had good softmodem, and dial up support(almost gone entirely as of 12.04).

janitorman
janitorman

I really don't need a bunch of web integration. I can see security concerns all over the place doing this. If I just want to work with a text document I'm creating, I don't need Google in on it, thank you very much. As to preview windows, they've always been rather annoying to me. I can see this becoming quite cluttered and unusable. Of course there's always choice in Linux so if you don't like it you can install another desktop to boot into instead, so that's a point. Hated Unity, and the Software Center is a dog. I am running a 'buntu flavor, Xubuntu 12.04, which works much better for me, and I've customized it to work MY WAY rather than have someone tell me what I need on my screen!

revdjenk
revdjenk

I mean it right now, Jack Wallen. Stop showing people how wonderful and easy it is to use Linux! With articles like this, Mr. Wallen, you will have too many people enjoying the ease, security and speed of Linux... so stop it!

emenau
emenau

As long as the privacy in the clouds is flawed, cloud are better avoided... Why lock people to a cloud? And push their privacy onto a server? And all without any warning. Apps that connect to a cloud should never be default. Sure i also use cloud stuff, but I don't want my pc to access any cloud by default at boot time. In this case a windows style pop up "YOUR PRIVACY IS NOW BEING UNDERMINED, ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE?" would be nice to raise some user awareness.

bobc4012
bobc4012

I have an old Toshiba, 1Ghz with 512MB RAM and 30GB HD (use a PCI card for wireless or ethernet). When I first installed 10.04 on it, it was fast. But over time, the updates took their toll and now it runs slow. I have read that while the file system doesn't fragment like windows, the file placement, over time, can reduce performance (free space gets scattered) and it helps to DD to another drive and DD back (besides, it also is a good backup).

sir_cheats_alot
sir_cheats_alot

A potential hardware issue. like an impending hard drive failure. I've thankfully not had to endure more then one such instance. you may want to run a diagnostic test if you can ASAP. But not knowing what the error says, I couldn't say for certain. in any case you may wish to post about it on the Ubuntu Forums if you've not done so already. remember to be thorough when relating details of the error so they can help you better. naturally you'll want to list your hardware specs as well.

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

but I would still recommend Slax for your older computer. I boot my little Acer Aspire One ZG5 to Slax via USB drive, and I'm able to do just about anything I want, especially those things you listed. Although it's been a few years since the last update, there is renewed interest in a new version. The forum there is also very valuable for finding help. edit to add: If you decide to try Slax, be sure and get the SNS-TOOL module (for WiFi), and maybe the Opera 10.10 browser module as sometimes the older version of Firefox included goes haywire for me. I'm currently testing an Opera 11.64 module that I converted from a Slackware package...so far working pretty well. Might even make it public if I don't encounter unknown bugs!

bobc4012
bobc4012

Can't answer for a DELL (I seen mixed posts on Dells and Ubuntu). But you could downloaded an ISO, burn it to a CD (or USB stick) and try running it off the CD. If it runs off the CD, then it should install.

sir_cheats_alot
sir_cheats_alot

Nothing obscure in the specs that I can tell, though they're not as specific as they could be. the card reader should work out of the box, but you never know until you boot that live CD and try it. the only thing is, if you're a gamer, it'd be a bad Idea to go with linux. Intel abandoned supporting their own hardware on all platforms a very long time ago, and left it up to MS and Apple to produce their own drivers for everything. in short, there's no 3d rendering available at all for intel chipsets on linux as far as I know, which makes wine useless for games on that particular laptop. again, they really didn't get very specific with the hardware in the specs listed, so I'm guessing everything has an intel chipset...the good news, as far as I know the only thing that should give you trouble is the graphics(again only if you're a gamer). Your mileage may very however, so best thing to do is download a distro's live CD/DVD iso, burn it, and try it out. I've been around, and I'd probably try out Ubuntu(or any of it's variants), Fedora, or PCLOS. I've enjoyed my time on all of them. though admittedly PCLOS's repositories are a bit lacking(I should say were having not used it since 2003), and have that annoying download speed limit. Debian might be worth a shot as well; I've not spent much time on it, but I've little in the way of complaints about it. my experience with Debian is purely by my use of it's liveDVD(KDE).

Nitramd
Nitramd

If you cannot boot from Usb, you can try it out first on Dvd livedisc, download from http://www.ubuntu.com/download. This will come with an app to burn the Iso image on to your dvd. Unfortuntley there is a 50:50 chance the wi-fi will not work, when using live disc/usb. If you are happy with the trial, installation within windows as an application Wubi, by replacement or dual boot with Windows is quite intuitive. There are many guides to go to such as found in http://Ubuntuforums.org/. Finally if the included STA hybrid Wifi driver does not work, (for some Broadcom &, Atheos it will not ), a quick fix is available from http://askubuntu.com/questions/38327/how-can-i-get-my-broadcom-bcm3411-wireless-working The 2nd solution down marked"17answers", starting "I fixed my problem with..." worked for me, ( found it after a lot of googling , trial & error). Hope this helps, it got our Dell inspiron 6400/E1505 to be fully functional with Ubuntu 12.04 & subsequent Mint 13. I have to say that Cannocal do themselves no favours, by not addressing this Wifi issue in Ubuntu, a deal breaker for many, making (along with sometimes, when absolutely no other alternative, having to installing Drivers /applications from Tar files & colour printing from Canon equipment), the fancy new features of web integration ect on a yet to be accepted, but intuitive (?) desktop aimed at ordinary users, a potental waste of resorces & opportunity presented with the current negative reception W8 is experiencing. As time is money, I do not consider Ubuntu to be free (as in beer), to me. (Still cheaper than windows thou!)

dogknees
dogknees

What's so hard to understand? They're not the same thing. Take the bits you want an leave the rest.

bobc4012
bobc4012

I have both SolusOS and ZorinOS installed in VMs. Both are neat (and still have a couple of glitches to work out). I also installed Mate 1.4 in a Mint VM and that looks pretty good too. I think as more and more Ubuntu Desktop users discover, at least, these three options, Ubuntu will die a slow death unless Canonical comes up with its own tablet H/W.

MHCG
MHCG

On my old (3 years) computer I tried 12.04 but could not get wifi to work. I tried dual boot with 12.04 on my newest computer which has win7, but could not get wifi to work even though everything works fine, with a wire...! Only Ubuntu 9.10 never had problems (on a really old PC). The not so very new RTL8192su (internal realtek wlan usb device) is unable to function on Ubu-12.04, so I have to use Win7, even though I have been using Ubuntu many years, since version 5!

dallaswv
dallaswv

I've actually discussed this with folks from netflix, and it's not their call. The movie houses are the ones that are limiting what platforms netflix can stream to.

dogknees
dogknees

>>News Sites: WHY add misinformation to a desktop? you like to be brainwashed? you can't think for yourself? Can't you filter what you read? Aren't you able to ignore things you don't need?

bobc4012
bobc4012

I just replied in the previous post. Give ZorinOS or SolutOS a try. Or Linux Mint with MATE 1.4.

bobc4012
bobc4012

I have found Linux Mint with the MATE 1.4 Desktop to be a suitable replacement., not ideal, but better than Unity. I have also tried SolutOS and that is better than Unity and very much Gnome 2 like as is ZorinOS. Another good feature with ZorinOS is you can have a choice in Desktops - Gnome 2, Win. XP or Win. 7. It is still Linux under the covers, but the Desktop feel is similar and you can switch from one Desktop to the other via the Menu and logging off and logging back on. One thing I missed was the ability to create panels and populate them like I could with Ubuntu and Gnome 2. Zorin and Solut provide that capability and as does MATE. I prefer to right-click like Gnome 2 and place on Desktop or Panel vs "Drag and Drop", and not all applications allow it.

dogknees
dogknees

.. you choose to use it. The fact that it's available changes nothing, only using it does. What's so hard to understand? You don't have to use any feature of an OS. You don't have to "integrate the web into your life" unless you choose to.

drdavidgreen
drdavidgreen

Much of my activity revolves around the web and this is set to increase with more use of web mail, for example. Anything that helps me organise my burgeoning collection of links to science and technology resources not to mention arts music ... is welcome. I think desktop integration is the way to go with this. So the desktop becomes a true window on information. Sounds like a sales slogan but I am not a salesman - this is simply what I want. The success or otherwise of the enterprise will depend upon how creatively people can come up with ways to use the new capabilities. It has to be said though that it should already be perfectly possible to create new shells for existing OS's desktops though no one appears to have done it.

Knighthawk5193@Yahoo.com
Knighthawk5193@Yahoo.com

It's similar to when you move far, FAR away from "the city" to live a nice quiet, country-styl life, only to discover that over the past four months almost 50% of the "city dwellers" have moved into your area, and they've brought: the dog, their grandmother, their uncle's-sister's-next-door-neighbor's-twice-removed-stepson's-best-friend's-aunt! I am all for keeping things "quiet & shshed" on the topic of Linux!...LoL! But for those whom are about to "take the plunge"...just know......you're about to enter a whole...NEW world...an OPEN world full of friendly, helpful, people whom will help you every step of the way!...

bobc4012
bobc4012

Checked it out and will have to try it on my old Acer laptop. NDIS using the Windows .inf file (and others I found) never would work. I still have Ubuntu 10.04 installed and use a Netgear PCI card for wireless.

hometoy
hometoy

A while back, PCLinuxOS was the "Ubuntu-killer". Currently Mint is enjoying that position. But have all of these distributions mentioned how they are going to handle UEFI, or are they going to wait and see what they can glean off the upstreams? I use Unity and while many original views, including mine, was that it was built for tablets the more I use it the more I realize it is not quite that usable yet. There is too much reliance upon the keyboard. How to do you open an application that isn't on the quick launch dock? You click the logo and type the name of it in the dash! It is not as conducive to "browsing" for the application. And what about HUD's keyboard reliance? Being suitable for a tablet means more than using big icons and Gnome-shell has the same issues as Unity when it comes to touch capabilities. KDE is the closest with the Plasma Active desktop (currently being used on the Vivaldi tablet on sale now). Unless they suddenly jump to copying the iOS/Android interface (a bad move all around), I don't see them making it to a tablet without some significant improvements. But I also don't see them going anywhere to an "Ubuntu-killer" anytime soon either.

bobc4012
bobc4012

If you aren't constrained by memory or HD space, install Virtaul Box on Win. 7 and install your Linux distro into as a virtual machine. I have Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04, Mint, ZorinOS, SolusOS, plus others, all running fine as VMs. I give each distro 1 or 2GB of RAM (could allocate 512MB if I had to - I do have 4GB of RAM) and 20 -30 GB of HD for each VM.

Elteto
Elteto

Good point, but it is interesting that Netflix runs on Android (it IS Linux-based), and on other Linux-based embedded firmwares on TV sets, streaming appliances, etc...

emenau
emenau

The thing is, why force the shit by default into an OS, it's JUST AN OS OS= Operating System but all that mainstream 'news/fear' is NOT Operating it's more like a brainwash... Mainstream news is not really news. it is biassed 'stuff' And biassed stuff should not be on any desktop by default. Sure everyone should be free to add it to the desktop. But it should not be forced on there. In other words don't put it on there by default and 'let people at least choose what brainwash program they want' (IF they want it.) In windows it was always spending days to reconfigure until it was usable, and in this UnityBuntu it is going to look like the next upgrade we need to reserve several days to make it usable AND remove the brainwash program. If this is the route Ubuntu takes then the Human aspect of 'UBUNTU' (does anyone remember the meaning of the word?) is LOST. I'm all for Ubuntu, but they really need to rethink their self proclaimed 'humanity'. It should not be my task to filter and ignore all the 'spam' they throw at me. It's up to me to point and click the stuff I do want WHEN I want it, and until then don't bother me wit ANY news. News is not progression. It's only news.. News is filtered stuff by biassed people why attach their ego to 'something' that makes them feel important. If you realise that the next time you read 'news' then you might be able to feel your perception of 'news' change. It's one way traffic, they decide what you 'want to know' Ok I can't filter, and you can't think for yourself. Is that what you wanted to hear?

bobc4012
bobc4012

Unity suffers the same problem Windows 8 Metro - are you a Desktop PC or a Tablet PC? Some love Unity as apparently you do and others love Gnome 2. For those who like Gnome 2, look at ZorinOS or SolutOS (or even Mint with MATE).

emenau
emenau

They could just have waited, and keep GNOME2 as it was. soon there is 12.10 And Unity still had a long way to go.... I gave unity a fair chance, maybe it is nice on a tablet, but on a desktop i don't like it

hometoy
hometoy

What bit Unity is that at the same time Ubuntu couldn't provide the older Gnome without throwing some resources at it because Gnome wasn't supporting the old Gnome (2). If Unity and Gnome-shell were staggered then they could have provided a "safe haven" for users when the other took its turn to change. Instead you had the choice of Unity or ... Gnome-shell! Either way things were fundamentally changed and neither were particularly grand. Unity has come along further, in my opinion, than Gnome-shell but they both still have a ways to go.

emenau
emenau

If Unity is user friendly or not is another thing then if Ubuntu is user friendly Unity is a personal thing But when Ubuntu makes a big change without giving the users a good option to stay up to date with a workable desktop. that's NOT user friendly. That is forcing something that shouldn't be forced. Starting an application in unity is for most people not a problem, but multistasking between apps is not intuitive in Unity. And besides all this, i don't see the problem in copying Apple (or Microsoft), they are the ones who started to copy EVERYTHING they wanted to have. And never improved things, they only put on some make-up and never fixed anything that should be fixed. So just don't copy the code.. An Ubuntu killer I can't see either, but Ubuntu amputating parts of itself that's almost suicide...

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