[sf-lug] Ubuntu 11.04

jim jim at systemateka.com
Sat Apr 30 14:06:48 PDT 2011

    (additional tho't:) i never upgrade. i always 
copy everything to secondary storage then wipe 
the drive then install. i don't trust a bunch of 
software written by other people to do all the 
things i expect--i.e. i expect my configs to go 
south in some way and maybe lib and other basics, 
    yes, bringing back the email is a chore, but 
i'm getting good at it. 

On Fri, 2011-04-29 at 20:29 -0700, Eric W. Rasmussen 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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