Canonical Ditching GNOME for Unity in Future Ubuntu Releases



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I just installed it on 10.10 and so far I like it.  It's smooth, easy to navigate and looks nice.  Overall, I like it over gnome.  



Didn't work.  FAIL!


Here's a screenshot.



From a UI standpoint, I think global menus are the wrong way to do things.  Making something like the top level menu context-sensitive makes it much more annoying to get to the right menus for the right program so you can do what you want.  I can understand the desire to standardize where menus are going to be located, but honestly, that isn't worth trading away the ability to instantly recognize which program is currently active, what program the current menu belongs to.  If you're quickly swapping between programs, it is easy to lose track of which program's menus are being displayed, and it makes noticing programs stealing context much harder.  I'd say desktop managers would be better off enforcing design schemes so that widgets end up in the same place relative to the program window so it's easier to instantly recognize and trigger what you want.  The variation in Windows applications putting basic stuff like the min/max/close buttons somewhere not the top right of the window, the myriad different designs of the min/max/close buttons, and some other things needlessly complicate the interface, but I don't think going to a global menu is the right choice for desktop computers.



They need to work on their kernel ! I use the Studio spin of Ubuntu I had to regress back to the LTS because their 10.10 didn't have a low latency kernel !! and yes it does make a difference BIG DIFFERENCE. and they are putzing around with the user interface ? I might have to find ( or spin ) my own from other distros and some netherregions of the net...



I prefer Xubuntu, anyway.



I think it is ironic that Canonical is calling this interface Unity.  When I started playing with Linux 10 years ago you had GNOME and KDE and there was no compromize in the community to have one GUI for Linux.  Now there are tons of GUI's out there, but GNOME and KDE are still the standards.  I can understand Canonical having design issues with GNOME, and hats off to them for creating another functional GUI, but the Linux community is not served by further division from a leading distributor.  Unity is actually furthest thing from the truth here.
Microsoft and Apple have only made slight changes to their interfaces and there are few custom choices you have on those operating systems, which benefits them greatly with their customer base.  Forcing another GUI into Linux is not beneficial, and will hurt Ubuntu in the short and long run.
How about staying with GNOME as default and offering Unity as a choice at install?  That way the true believers can have their slick new GUI and the rest of us that are trying to convince our colleagues and friends to switch to Linux can show them GNOME, a GUI that transcends the Linux space.



I can sense the flock fleeing from Ubuntu in the near future. And I cannot blame them, there are many great distros out there that offer Gnome builds as well many other choices. 

I feel that in the end, the move will hurt Ubuntu more than Gnome, Gnome was here first and the community lived well without Ubuntu before it existed.



GNOME's use of CORBA, like Microsoft's use of COM, is an immensely huge strain on system resources.  It isn't as noticable for most folks these days because the speed of computers is so much greater than when these technologies first became everpresent, but a tightly written native shell has the potential to make the system feel much snappier.  The GNOME libraries will still be present, so there will be no loss of ultimate functionality and I can't imagine that Ubuntu will release an ugly or unworkable shell.  Thus, this split is probably a good thing.

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