Ubuntu 13.04: The Linux desktop for everyone (gallery)

Ubuntu 13.04: The Linux desktop for everyone (gallery)

Summary: Linux power users may not love Ubuntu, but everyone else can.

TOPICS: Ubuntu, Linux, PCs

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  • Say hi to Ubuntu 13.04

    Ubuntu 13.04's Unity interface is attractive and very easy to use even if you've never used Linux before in your life. Power users will probably be disappointed but the "average Jane or Joe (review)" should be quite happy with it.

  • Search in Ubuntu

    Need to find a file? A program? Photos? Anything at all? Then, Ubuntu's easy-to-use Dash search mechanism is for you. 

  • Ubuntu Software Center

    Ubuntu has, for a long time, offered its own app store: The Ubuntu Software Center. This is a very handy feature and lets you find and install new programs without any real work. 

Topics: Ubuntu, Linux, PCs

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  • Nice unbiased analysis, Stevie

    It looks just like the last 3 builds. And, yes... it's for "everyone" so long as they know the names of the applications they're using, otherwise finding stuff in the menu is tedious. It's like a less user-friendly Windows 8.

    Do your readers a favor... Do a review of Linux Mint's LDME 201303 or Linux Mint 14. Debian and Ubuntu (respectively), presented in a much more user-friendly manner.
    Big Sparky
    • MINT is beautiful...

      ...but I can't see all the issues people have with Unity. It lacks a "start menu" style menu with every singe application listed automatically with one click, but the dash is far more useful that you appear to give it credit for. It searches on application name but also keywords for the application based upon the .desktop file for the app. So words in the description field of the .desktop will also make an application show up in a dash search. Ubuntu is no longer my *favorite* distro, but it is hardly a "less user-friendly Windows 8". 'dems fight'n words!
    • I just dont get the obsession

      With start buttons.
      • just to explain ... for others

        Just to explain for others getting to this point... start button / menu / etc..

        The metrics were created when Microsoft jumped from Program Manager in Windows 3.x to Progman in 95/98/2000/XP/Vista/7. In all those, microsoft's metric for a desktop based OS was to have less or minimal mouse movement to get to all things with the system.

        And this is still the biggest bone of contention between desktop and tablet use. On a tablet, you are using your hand and finger as the cursor moving "thing". Its natural that you manually pick up your finger and move it to another area.

        It is *not* natural, and the mouse *can not* be picked up and moved to start the new location.. you must manually move through an arc or range of space to move the cursor around..

        SO.. its less work, if you have your mouse constrained to an area of your screen where you can get *EVERYTHING* within a 3 by 5 area ... if you can click start, and within 3 inches wide, and 5 inches tall ... get to everything you need to get to every other part of the OS .. you have minimized "mousing".

        This is *NOT* the case with Windows 8's new start screen ... you are now presented with a finger optimized (tabletized) UI .. ... but stuck using a mouse on your average desktop PC ...

        Linux did the same as Microsoft in this regard .. in that Panel was much the same.. button to activate a drop down set of menus.. that give you access to everything within a 3x5 area..

        When Ubuntu switched to Unity this was one of the bigger issues with their interface .. big buttons lots of scrolling, and mouse movement ALL OVER the screen ....

        sure there's the "hit start button .. then start typing" ... but then you're often times taking one hand off the keyboard... to your mouse .. then having to put it back to type properly..

        this mixed signal and ques environment didn't work well with Unity.. *MICROSOFT COULD HAVE LEARNED THIS BEFORE they released windows 8.. but they refused to see the forest for all the trees..

        Other detractors in Unity .. if you are windowed .. not full screen .. you're always having to go back up to the top to get access to menus .. when the menus should be tied to the *windowed* application. ONLY when you are full screened, does having menus up top of the screen make sense.. and canonical doesn't get THAT concept .. so to each their own set of stupidities.

        Other issues with power use .. some of us prefer having a full "address" or "command" bar in our File Browsers .. and much of that functionality was destroyed by unity and the nautilus ... while in some cases you could bring it back.. it was never the same as before.. and just like in BOTH camps .. that you can re-mold them into something more of what you want ... doesn't matter .. its that you should not have to, just to get the same functionality you had before.

        In the future .. it would be nice if both camps windows & linux, would have installers that can read previous customizations and build the UI with those experiences in mind. Allow the user the choice to try out the different interface on their own terms, and track with them for the future.. and in their way (ie.. microsoft's cloud bs is already grating on peoples nerves, making it seamless to switch out to google drive, or one of the drop boxes.. or at least open to allowing others to create a customization built upon a microsoft spec for how to interoperate.. but fat chance of seeing this in my lifetime).
        • Menus

          Are you saying application menus show up at the top of the screen the way they do on Apple Computers? If so, that would mean you can't overshoot in the vertical direction, and therefore do not have to slow down when moving the mouse. If that's what Canonical did, that may be a step forward (provided you're using adequate mouse acceleration.)
    • Mint 14?

      Or maybe he could wait to review Mint 15, instead....
    • Agreed.

      It still takes some work for find installed apps. Imagine the screaming you'd hear from Windows users if they had to first search for their apps instead of them being organized in the menus. I love Ubuntu, but it still has issues... like supporting USB wireless devices. I spend 7 hours trying to get a "certified" USB wireless card working... but had to use the ndiswrapper (windows driver) to finally get it working.... and it still is flaky at best. As I said, I love Ubuntu, but until it supports mainstream simple PNP hardware, it will still be on the fringe.
  • Ubuntu 13.04: The Linux desktop for everyone (Gallery)

    But you said its not for linux power users who are the majority of linux users so its not for everyone and anyone who don't want third rate apps.

    "Ubuntu 13.04's Unity interface is attractive and very easy to use even if you've never used Linux before in your life. "
    Just the opposite, looks terrible and is uneasy for the end user.
    • Meh!

    • What did you find difficult to use?

      Just wondering what you found uneasy about the user interface?

      When switching from an OS like Windows it can take a day or so to learn the layout of unity, but no more so than going from Windows 7 to 8. If you are used to Windows 8, it'll actually be easier to adapt due to Windows 8's similarities to unity's dash.

      If you don't like it you could try kubuntu which is the same OS with different display environment, lubuntu, xubuntu, mint.... You can install any Linux desktop environment on ubuntu... Or any Linux. Remember Linux is all about choice and customisation; if you like an OS but don't like a call those developing it have made, change it.

      Definitely give it a go. I was a late switcher to ubuntu from Debian during Karmic, I've not looked back. Proof is in the pudding; in the 11 years I've used Linux I've never seen so much tech buzz about a distro- specifically a single release, especially just a 6month update; interest is growing.
    • Don't project your limitations onto others

      you've doing this for years. Just because you can't understand how to click an icon, it doesn't mean anyone else has the limited knowledge and skill you present.
    • Balony!!!!

      I have absolutely no problems using the Sinmax external usb wireless card. I've used it for months. The only problem is that it shuts itself off from time to time. For the most part, it works like a charm.
  • Great job ubuntu!

    This centerpiece of great UI design really will get some notice and show people the power of linux and open source. Some of you guys like to make fun of linux but Raring Ringtail will teach you a big lesson! Congratulations on the great efforts that the team well deserves!
    • DrWong I think really

      it's a pos
      • why you little...(choke)

  • the Linux desktop for everyone.

    There is no Linux desktop for everyone. And for the record the average user (mac and windows users) don't have to resort to the command line to install apps. Linux simply isn't for everyone. And that's fine. I do like unity though. And dash is just fine with me. Its functional, fast, and responsive. Though admittedly I spend most of my time either in chrome or in Bash.
    • Neither do most Linux users.

      It happens to be a GUI entry.

      Of course, if the user WANTS to use the command line, it isn't hard to do so.
      • Just be careful when coping and pasting a command from the web

        As there might be more to the command than meets the eye:


        P.S. GNU/Linux users never do this,right?
        Rabid Howler Monkey
    • command line? Bash?

      You are so last century.
      Linux has obviously changed faster than you, so if you must make a comment please try and keep up with what the modern distributions do.
    • Linux is for everyone and anyone

      ... unless you make your money repairing Windows.

      If you make your money repairing Windows, then you're going to be afraid of being out of a job, soon. And that can't happen soon enough.

      The FUD machine has about run its course... gnu/linux is standing its ground everywhere on the server, on millions of desks world-wide, and everywhere embedded. PC sales preloaded with Windows are at an all-time low, and NOBODY wants Windows 8 lockin with its danged UEFI boot-system. Linux has critical mass and Microsoft has begun its death throws. Its just a matter of time, particularly with young people and modern corps.

      The cool thing about Linux desktops is that if you don't like it (for some reason, doesn't matter) it can be changed easily. Windows is ONE size that doesn't fit anyone... Linux has many sizes, one of which will fit just about anyone. The only people that don't like it are the folks who make their living patching up windows products; surfing the FUD wave.

      I have not been using Windows products anywhere since 1998. I even have my mac dual booting into Mint linux ... and I run my mac mini on the linux side about 70% of the time. I have used every single linux desktop gui and have found them all useful for one reason or another. At the moment my personal favorite is Mint Cinnamon. I'm also a 'power' user, but most of the time I don't have my power tools out. I'm happy on the gnu/linux command line ... and I'm very happy on the desk gui. It just works, and it works well without all the Windows side-affects.