[sf-lug] Ubuntu 11.04

Ehud Kaldor ehud.kaldor at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 22:58:08 PDT 2011

i must say that i had similar experience when i tried Gnome3 on Ubuntu
IT IS a slicker interface, but there were couple of things that i did not
get with, and there is no way to change them. no drag drop, no easy config
util, no adding applets, not removing or moving them. same favorites menu to
begin with, with everything else in a single, jungle slide out menu, with 3
columns, looking like a Windows98 start->programs that was left unattended
for a million installs.
i could do with the config __not fitting my needs__ had there been a way to
change anything. it did not occur to me then, but reading what Eric wrote
makes me think that in an attempt to appeal to the Windows and Mac market
share, both Unity and Gnome3 implemented a locked-down,
one-size-will-fit-you-whether-you-like-it-or-not model. too bad.


On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Eric W. Rasmussen <ericwrasmussen at gmail.com
> wrote:

> First, let me state that when it comes time to reinstall Linux, Ubuntu will
> not be a choice.  I am at a point now that I am considering redoing
> everything just to get this monster off my machine. This is definitely one
> of those times when a spare computer comes in handy.  I had read some good
> things about 11.04 and it was asking me to upgrade, so I said, "Sure.  What
> could possibly go wrong"? I am reminded of Windows Me and Vista.  It's that
> bad, or maybe worse.
> When it first loaded I expected all of my GUI customizations to be
> destroyed, but they weren't.  This made me worry because I was under the
> impression that Unity was an independent GUI.  The fact that it held on to
> my gnome/nautilus settings meant that there were going to be compatibility
> issues.  I was not wrong.
> I'm going to start with their pride and joy... that trainwreck of a
> launchbar. The thing is huge and unwieldy.  What makes it all worse is that
> the main menu is scrapped, so if you want a program that is not in the
> launch bar, you have to go and search it out in a full screen jungle. What
> they are trying to do here is be more like OSX, but they fail when it comes
> to going directly to a folder in "Places"... cuz it ain't there anymore!!!!
>  Well, that's not true, exactly.  Just like OSX and "Finder", if you have a
> program open it tries to display the menu in the header toolbar.  So you
> basically have to minimize all open windows and then... AND GET THIS....
> Mouseover on the toolbar to see the places link!!!  It's hidden unless you
> know that it is there.  Otherwise, you are forced to click your way through
> your /home directory, or worse, open /home and backup to get into /root . No
> more quick shortcuts to /var/www/ !!!!
> You know how you can have minimized windows in the taskbar?  Not anymore.
>  You have to click on the launchbar, just like OSX.  Oh, sure... the
> behemoth disappears when a program is in full screen mode (after a while),
> but what good is that when you have to switch quickly through programs?
> Workspaces has been eternally screwed.  One thing that they did was disable
> the drag option.  You know... you want to throw a window over to another
> desktop.  But you can't because Unity now tries to resize it like in Win7.
>  Which I think is a really great feature when you are dealing with an OS
> that doesn't have multiple desktop functionality.  I used to also enjoy my
> custom keystroke to show all desktops at once.  Really handy when I want to
> minimize everything so that people don't eavesdrop on my work when I get up
> for a cup of coffee.
> I really liked having my Shutoff Button on the left top.  Now I can't move
> it at all from the top right.  In fact, any widget that you wanted to load
> in the top bar is gone.  So my systems monitor graph that I use to watch
> resources has to be accessed through the applications jungle.  Is there
> something up there that is useless to you? Like the Broadcast/Chat program?
> It's there forever now.
> Good luck reconfiguring it so that it all works.  Even if you do figure out
> how to change the size of the Launchbar, the Desktop Effects program isn't
> even set as default and it can't be accessed in the Menu Jungle.
> I have also noticed that it is sucking battery power a little more than
> before.  I've lost about 20 minutes of a 4.5 hour battery.
> So, anyway.  I had to go back to Login Screen settings and set it back to
> Ubuntu Classic.  It has taken away some of the things that I really liked
> about it and I am seriously thinking of switching to another Distro.  Any
> recommendations?  I'm a student of Linux with moderate skills.
> Thanks for hearing my rant.  Ubuntu 11.04 is junk.
> ewr
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