I’ve had enough of Ubuntu Unity!

Summary: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.

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.

Unity 5.12 on Ubuntu 12.04
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.

So when Unity doesn’t work for me, I’m free to try out Cinnamon, GNOME 3, KDE 4, Xfce, Enlightenment or some other desktop. You won’t have that option with Windows 8 ;)

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.

@growdigital

Topics: Software Development

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A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, an... Full Bio

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