Everyone I know who’s used Ubuntu of late can’t stick the Unity interface. Admittedly, a dozen people does not maketh a statistically coherent sample. But still, I feel it’s indicative of some real problems.
The much maligned Ubuntu Unity desktop interface, screenshot courtesy Wikipedia
My experience of Unity has been mercifully short: I couldn’t disable the screen-estate gobbling dock . And I couldn’t find the keyboard shortuct to launch a program (on a MacBook).
After half an hour, I gave up. User error or user-unfriendliness? I don’t care, I just want it to work.
A Drupal developer I know has Ubuntu running without the dock:
“How did you manage to get rid of it?”.
“I installed GNOME 3”
In Rupert Goodwin’s article about Android fragmentation Meet Android's patron saint: The IBM PC, he eloquently states “Fragmentation is another word for diversity, and diversity is another word for evolutionary potential.”
Diversity is the reason I could give up on Ubuntu. Indeed, diversity bakes in redundancy.
Don’t get me wrong, Ubuntu changed the way I think about Linux, and has been a massive boost to the ease-of-use and profile of Linux. But brand loyalty will not tie me to a desktop I find counter-intuitive, and I now recommend Linux Mint rather than Ubuntu.