[sf-lug] Ubuntu 11.04

Eric W. Rasmussen ericwrasmussen at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 00:23:24 PDT 2011

Seriously!!! How hard is it to pre-load Cairo-Dock?  I know that Ubuntu 
is going after the touch screen market, but winning the desktop is 
paramount to the tablet market.  I know that we {Linux Users} are in the 
minority, but it is us that dictates the future of technology.

On 04/29/2011 10:58 PM, Ehud Kaldor wrote:
> i must say that i had similar experience when i tried Gnome3 on Ubuntu 
> 10.10.
> 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.
> Ehud
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM, Eric W. Rasmussen 
> <ericwrasmussen at gmail.com <mailto: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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