[sf-lug] Ubuntu 11.04

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 14:50:34 PDT 2011

Not that I recommend this to everyone, but just for another side of the 

I always upgrade, even in the middle of work or class, with applications 
open and busy doing stuff. I seem to like the thrill and pretend I'm 
helping stress test the upgrade process.

I have tons of important stuff on my computer. I have an rsync account 
and I really should back up my stuff there at least once...

On 04/30/2011 02:06 PM, jim wrote:
>      (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,
> too.
>      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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