3 Dead-Wrong, Yet Common Complaints About Unity & Ubuntu

Justin Pot 21-12-2011

ubuntu complaintsDo you hate Ubuntu’s new interface, Unity? Do you think Ubuntu is making a huge mistake by changing things, and will inevitably crash and burn because of this?


You’re wrong. Ubuntu can’t go back to Gnome 2, and Unity’s a great step forward for Ubuntu and Linux in general.

It’s not that you’re alone in your opinion. No, every Ubuntu-related article I’ve printed in the past ten months invariably drew heckles from the wider Internets. The comment section is full of haters, without exception.

Scroll down; you’ll probably find some right now.

The untold part of the story, though, are the many people perfectly happy with Unity. I like using it more than any user interface, including OS X. It’s a great balance of usability and flexibility, and I’m glad it’s around.

There are good reasons to dislike Unity and the new Ubuntu. It’s not yet ideal on multiple monitor setups, and some inevitable bugs came up.


There are some wrong complaints out there, though. Here are three.

1. Ubuntu Should Stick With Gnome 2

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People hate change. It’s why your Facebook feed is full of complaints every couple of months.

Do some people have legitimate complaints regarding Unity? Yes. But it’s important to keep everything in perspective.


That’s why I found a recent conversation on Reddit to be enlightening. In it, many longtime Linux users shared stories about interface changes in Gnome. They said it’s too hard to customize, and too Mac-like.

The problematic product of discussion: Gnome 2, the very thing users want to go back to today.

Similar protests erupted over KDE 4, and will erupt next fall regarding Windows 8 and its radically different interface. It’s just a fact of human existence.

Ubuntu needed to move forward. Unity is, in my opinion, a path forward in line with the future of computing. It gets things done quickly regardless of whether you favor the keyboard or the mouse, and looks great too.


2. People Want A Windows-Like Interface

This one drives me nuts. Why should Ubuntu, or any operating system, strive to look like Windows?

“Because it’s intuitive that way,” you might be thinking. And you’re wrong.

Windows isn’t intuitive; it’s familiar. And there’s a difference.

I’ve sat down with several non-computer savvy people in front of a computer running Unity. They had no problem using it. Canonical’s user interface testing reveals the same pattern. Unity is easy to use, particularly for non-computer people.


Besides: soon Windows won’t have a Windows-like interface. Better to innovate than to cling to computing’s past.

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3. It’s Too Tablet-y

It’s another common criticism: Ubuntu’s Unity interface is too “tablet-y”, and users want a desktop interface.

First of all, I’m not sure what about Unity makes it tablet-y. Is it the dock with icons? The dash and it’s large button?

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Okay, so that might look tablet-y. I always type the name of the program I want and hit “Enter”, so maybe I’m not browsing the menu enough to notice.

But the future of computing seems to be a blur between the tablet and the PC. Windows 8 certainly seems to be a bet, by Microsoft, on this future: the starting interface and the bundled apps all seem designed to run on a touch screen. Apple’s latest release, Lion, is also heavily tablet influenced.

Sometime soon tablets and computers will merge into one device, so operating systems better be able to function in both ways. I can only speculate regarding hardware, but I think most laptops will soon come with detachable tablet monitors.

Simply put: all computers are going to become more tablet-y, and Ubuntu is smart to get ahead of this trend instead of playing catch-up the way most Linux distros do.


I could go on, but let’s hear what you think. Is Ubuntu making the right moves? Do you hate Unity, and now by extension me? Leave your thoughts in the comments below; I’ll be around to talk.

Oh, and don’t mention that Linux Mint is above Ubuntu on Distro Watch now. those numbers don’t mean anything.

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  1. BlueyBlogger
    January 15, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    People are DUMB! That's why most of us do not like change, yet the only thing which actually remains a CONSTANT in the entire Universe is CHANGE.
    Wake up humanity, and get a grip on reality huh?
    If you don't change oil in your car.....hmmmmmm!
    If you don't change your underwear.............hmmmm!
    If you don't change your thinking, you can NEVER change anything in your life.
    Wakey, wakey.
    Not even our Sun stays at a constant, it is always in flux.

  2. Boris Baran
    January 31, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Unity looks like a horse's ass and Canonical did understand it enough to take Ubuntu-MATE into their fold. My choice is now not between standard Ubuntu or anything else, it's between Ubuntu-MATE or Linux Mint (btw, Linux Mint works well on my old Laptop, too, whereas Ubuntu kernel panics or at least gets weird, when I lock the screen, no matter what "flavor").

  3. benef2
    December 2, 2016 at 6:25 am

    "Windows isn’t intuitive; it’s familiar. And there’s a difference."

    That's why I switched to Linux Mint ... Ubuntu with my old familiar Windows-like UI ...

  4. Bernard
    December 1, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Ubuntu desktop is weird. I switched to Linux Mint and am happy not having to do the fallback.

  5. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I have been a Ubuntu user from the very beginning and when I first saw the unity desktop I thought it was some kind of could anybody appreciate these big ugly blocks up the left hand side of the screen? the artist in me was appalled ..what a nerve to foist this ugliness on people ..this disappearance of the start menu and the hiding cumbersome scroll bar was bad enough...i am not the greatest typist so now having to type to find your program...what was in plain sight before was now hidden in a morass of icons....however the overall feeling I got from the ugly art was the last straw..I am now very happy with Linux Mint and its elegance Thank you

  6. David Donahue
    June 15, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I happen to love the new interface. it is smooth, intuitive, and efficient. For those who want a classic windows experience, let me suggest an alternative: KDE 4. And before anyone who objects to the complexity of installation, type"CTL+ALT+T"; followed by "sudo apt-get install kde-standard", hit enter and enjoy. For those of us not stuck in a windows rut (which windows is moving out of), the Unity interface is the future. embrace it.

  7. Art Cancro
    May 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    What a pointless, one-sided article. Unity has largely been rejected by the Linux community and as a result, Ubuntu has jumped the shark. This hate-fueled defense of an article demonstrates the head-in-the-sand, our-way-or-the-highway attitude that Unity apologists have taken, and why Unity will continue to fail.

    • Justin Pot
      May 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Yeah, I should have gone easier on the tone. I regret that.

      I just see so much hatred directed at Unity, and I sincerely don't understand it. It confuses me, because I love the way it's laid out, and love using it.

      • Art Cancro
        June 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        I think the problem isn't so much the fact that Ubuntu tried something new, but that they immediately forced it to become the default, made rolling back to the old convention difficult, and then got openly hostile towards anyone who expressed a concern over the change. Mark Shuttleworth's attitude over the subject turned a lot of people off.

  8. Curt
    May 5, 2012 at 3:23 am

    As a power user, I find Unity very difficult to work with during the course of a normal workday. For relatively mundane and simple tasks I find it to be an excellent, friendly, and well-developed desktop environment. For everything else I find it to be rather difficult to use and it inevitably creates more work for me.

    Again, I'm a "power user" during my workday as a software developer and systems engineer. I typically find myself with 30 different windows open; sometimes 10 of them from the same application. The variety of applications that are used in this way vary greatly from one day to the next. While I can still spread these out across multiple desktops, I find the launcher to be a less-than-intuitive way for me to access and work with the applications that I have open. Rather, I prefer to see each instance of an application separately listed with title/filename displayed down (or up) in the panel. This is a personal preference that I find is not met adequately with Unity's current implementation (12.04).

    So, that's one complaint. Overall the largest complaint that I have is the inability to quickly and easily turn my desktop into just about anything that I want to. Want to look like Windows? Done. Want to look like MAC X.XX? Done. Want to look like Plan 9? Done. Want to look like a StarTrek terminal? Done. I think you see where I'm going with that. I'm sure future implementations will offer some more capabilities and customizations.

  9. Drake Jones
    April 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You have lot of balls, Justin, telling the majority of us how wrong we are and how right you are! Of course you know better than we idiots. You must genius, Justin! You think you're a genius, don't you Justin? What I read is that you, Justin, and what used to be Canonical at what used to be Ubuntu, don't give a s*ht about what the Ubuntu community thinks. You are an arrogant and shamless shill, Justin. This is about moving to a market based Linux desktop model. You and your master$ want to sell an os. Tell the truth: you're a paid hack. The question is: who is pulling the puppet's strings? Obviously not Ubuntu users. You folks remind me of the Republicans: "We're right and to f'n bad if you don't like it!"

    • Justin Pot
      May 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I'm a Ubuntu user, and have been for years. I'm paid by MakeUseOf, but not by anyone at Canonical. I've never talked to anyone there, I just happen to like Unity. A lot.

      This is what I actually think. You're free to disagree, but not to tell me why I think it.

      • roman_mir
        January 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        You're a horse's ass.

  10. Gbogart
    January 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    " ... those numbers don't mean anything. ... "

    Lol they did, UNTIL Ubuntu was no longer at the top. When that happened, all of a sudden they didn't. Anyone that tells you different is full of crap.

    Unity. I won't go into that at all. Lets just say ...

    NO F'ING WAY! Not now, not ever.

    And leave it at that.

  11. Kru_zader
    January 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

    To add to my post earlier, Compiz seems to work with
    the Unity interface, as I have been able to with a little
    bit of tweaking.  Lot's of luck getting your Cube and other
    compiz effects to work with Gnome 3, although somebody
    will come up with Gnome 3 Compiz Extension as we speak!

  12. Kru_zader
    January 22, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I too was turned off using Natty and pretty much stuck using
    Maverick until Oneiric came out albeit a little bit stable IMO.
    I am happy to say that after fiddling around with Oneiric and
    the Unity interface for about 2 weeks, I kinda like beginning
    to like it a little bit, heh-heh.  It just needs getting used to,
    I guess.  Although, there's not much to say about customization
    and configuration for now.  Gnome 3 really sucked, but the
    linux community has come out with Gnome Extensions and
    with instant the power of instant customization I am now
    beginning to marvel Gnome 3's extensibility.  We live in
    a very crazy Linux world right now, LOL.

    • jhpot
      January 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Things are changing quickly, but that's what makes it fun to watch and play with. Keep enjoying it!

  13. Anonymous
    January 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

    It's faster? How? My experience isn't faster at all. I'm better off without menus? Sure I am. I like having to open a terminal and sort through all the commands in /usr/bin/ to get done what I need to do. Hey, and it's great that every time I move my mouse a little too far left that stinking travesty of an app launcher pops out to obscure what I'm doing! Not to mention the inability to put the app launcher where I might want it or make it behave the way I'd like. The lack of a task bar is really cool too! It was such a bother to be able to just click on whatever open app I wanted to switch back and forth. No need to worry about that anymore!

    Oh yeah; and it's great not having to bother having those silly little applets up at the top so I can quickly check the weather, open a browser or the calculator or whatever I'd like to do at a moments notice. That's great!

    It's so cool after all that users who wanted a desktop smartphone get to have one and those of us who'd like to use desktop computers and do more than check our email get to have desktop smartphones as well. Why should I like the suddenly limited interface? Why should I like having to deal with the complaints of the users on my system suddenly unable to do whatever they already knew how to do?

    Name one thing. Anything at all objectively better in 3 than 2. I've given it a try, using it exclusively since it came out while my users consistently chose to boot into the gnome 2 system instead. I eagerly awaited this steaming garbage. I couldn't wait to see what they'd come up with. They should have just put their smartphones on their desks and been done with it.

    • georgezilla
      January 28, 2012 at 9:49 am


      So well said that I only have one thing to add to what you said.

      I would have used the word "crap" a lot. And I mean A LOT!

      Other then that my feelings EXACTLY.

  14. Stylus
    January 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Ability to customise should be paramount. I currently run two systems: one with classic gnome and the other with fluxbox. I'm a long-term Linux user who has avoided Windows for a few years now. I installed Ubuntu with unity for my girlfriend and I tried to explain it to her, but it was too confusing. I wanted to give it a try, but in trying to help convert someone to Linux, I actually started to put her off.

    Just because something is new doesn't mean it is the future. It must be remembered that the people who design and produce things like desktop environments and operating systems don't think in the same way as most of the people who use them.

    Maybe Unity will be improved over time, or better still: replaced by something more manageable.

    • Curt
      May 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Fortunately, the Lord has delivered unto us grace and salvation through the righteousness that is known as <> Linux Mint!

  15. Johngar
    January 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    i have been playing with Ubuntu since 8.04 (ex win vista user). i have used it as a hobby, as win xp was the last windows i could use practically.
    it was different, did what it said on the box and the best support i have seen.
    since 11.10 i have playedtried over 10 different linux distro's and it seems windows is steering visualy toward linux and vise-verse.
    maybe I'm just not trigger happy enough for unity
    mint is OK, but from the stable - pinguyos is the one.

    • jhpot
      January 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I'm glad you found a system you like.

  16. the mainliner
    January 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Two words: Global Menu. This divorces functionality from the application window. It's essentially an interface designed to save screen real estate on a 2" phone or9" netbook screen but I don't need that because I have a RETRO PC (with two 24" monitors). The interface is also expertly designed to be used with a touchscreen or with excellent keyboard shortcuts BUT I'M OLD FASHIONED AND USE A MOUSE!

    Unity might be interesting when it's as old as Gone 2 and KDE 4 are today and has some customisability. It may be great it may not.

  17. quazisaad
    December 30, 2011 at 5:48 am

    i love unity. there i hv said it. now if u people don't like unity that's yr choice. remember linux is full of choices. i really don't understand what the fuss is all about. i hv unity, kde, xfce, lxde, gnome 3 all desktop installed in my ubuntu 11.10. so...?

    • jhpot
      December 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Not sure.

  18. guest
    December 27, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Ubuntu 12.04 is on the right track I tried 11.10 and did not like it although I would like more control of the bars properties. The button on the left is inconvenient for right handed even on a tablet it would be inconvenient for a right handed person.
    I under stand some countries read right to left which would make sense but this should be address when you setup country or origin.

    • jhpot
      December 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      I'm right handed, and moving the buttons made no difference for me, at all. The menu was always on the left; was that bad for right-handed people? I'm just confused.

  19. Portershouse
    December 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    When the close button moved to the left, I saw the simplicity of it in a few moves of the mouse. A small slide up and the next program could be selected while there. Simple... Now, the next phase is the growth in single screen real estate. Whether it's on a tablet or pc, more is better! Maximize a window and Unity's bar gets out of the way. The title bar is now as high as the Gnome panel use to be, with those same controls in it! A glide over to the left and I can maximize a running app.

    It was not so long ago, the uberness of running some centered dock at the bottom (or top!), which moved with every mouse over, was the thing. The end result was an icon to click, up and running. Unity does that...

    As for the close on the right, that seems to be an early pc hold-over. But when you think of how much screen you need to cover just to close an app and select another... Maybe app designers and programmers will learn to take advantage of Unity's thinking, rather than attacking it so much.

    The greatest thing about Linux is versatility and selection. What one does not like, another crowns. The options are almost endless. Experiment and devour, the field's are there for reaping!

    Rather than praise one and condemn another, maybe a beneficial way would be to seek to see the creator's vision and learn from each's vantage point. No one can see and be all. For every "Windows" conglomerate there will be a Google, etc.

    I just like not putting up with the time stealing "Let us sale you something else!" mentality of those in that crowd. Open source and Linux, what a great combination!

  20. Mrbuerger
    December 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I switched to Mint when Ubuntu set the X button to the left

    • jhpot
      December 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      That's special.

      • georgezilla
        January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

        So when can we expect you to start using the phrase ....


        That way you can truly be condescending AND elite. Then wont YOU be special.

  21. rakete
    December 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for making that clear.

    With Gnome2 I was always using awn with three panels, kind of similar to todays Unity, with a app-launcher on the left side. Thanks god there is Unity or I would have to use Gnome Shell, KDE or this minty piece of sh** right now.

    Unity FTW!

    • jhpot
      December 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Yeah, I think Unity gave many people the Ubuntu desktop they were trying to build for years. As the system gets better more will come to use it. Mint will eventually make it default, I suspect.

  22. Brett Dovey
    December 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Having worked with windows & all its numerous blends (for want of a better word ... the just seem to get more resource hungry ....anyway)My PC crashed numerous times due to power failures and the proverbial cable theft in our area. This resulted in me having to install windows in all its glory numerous times .... I simply had enjoy ...I friend introduced me to the latest version of Ubuntu & I aint looking back ... Windows sucks to be totally blunt & honest ... you pay a huge amount of money for software that really doesn't perform as it should.Ubuntu is FREE, customizable,interchangeable ...with this in mind ..It's kind of like comparing LINKED IN to Facebook or Myspace where you can customize & personalize it for you own needs ...Who really wants the bland desktop ??As a final take .............. UBUNTU ROCKS !!(If I have stepped on any Windows die hards during this production .... it's my desktop .... Note : No trees where destroyed during this engagement)

  23. James Bruce
    December 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    "Apple’s latest release, Lion, is also heavily tablet influenced." - And you know what? Some of the tablety features - like the Launchpad, suck so bad they need to be dragged out the back and shot , alongside their crappy Metro UI inbred brother. Huge icons don't work on computers. And Metro will be pulled from Windows, I'd be willing to bet on that.  

    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Actually, huge icons do work if you have eyesight problems.

  24. Andrew Smith
    December 22, 2011 at 7:38 am

    My problem is that in gnome2 my setup was such that there was no top panel, while using chrome the tabs were at the very top of my screen. With Unity, I cannot hide the top panel. Ubuntu claims the global menu saves vertical space, but seeing that I spend the majority of my time in chrome, Unity has actually served as a regression in free vertical space for me.

  25. Ben Mordecai
    December 22, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Unity was enough to remind me why I don't use Linux anymore

    • Andrew Smith
      December 22, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Unity is not linux, plenty of other distros and interfaces you can use. Your comment doesn't make logical sense.

  26. Johnkenyonspam
    December 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I wanted to use Unity, but on my netbook it was just too resource intensive.
    As well as that I found it difficult to browse installed applications due to the lack of grouping of applications by category. Switching back to gnome 2 with feels so much more responsive and organised.

    • jhpot
      December 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Choice is good!

  27. Andrew Mair
    December 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Often I see negative comments on Unity which are cases of people not having found some of its hidden features - for example shortcut keys (e.g. Super-d etc).  It would be nice if some of these were easily discoverable...I think there are moves to improve this in 12.04.

    • Anonymous
      December 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Yes, 12.04 will (probably) show a list of keyboard shortcuts when holding the Super/Windows key.

    • Scutterman
      December 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

      I don't think there should be such a reliance on shortcuts making an interface usable. I use them intensively, and so does every other geek or poweruser I know, but one of the reasons linux continues to fail in the mainstream market is because it just isn't usable by a lot of people.

      If it works, if it is stable, if it is usable, people won't care if it's Microsoft or Unix or Linux. Look at the androids, the chromebook, and to a certain extent the linux netbooks. They all do their job well, and they are all used by people who don't know the meaning of the word "operating system", or even "open source"

  28. Guest
    December 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Efficiency of the user interface has not been discussed. Yes, it could mean different things to different users

    • jhpot
      December 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I find Unity to be the most efficient interface I use, including Windows 7 and Mac OS X. I love that Ubuntu is building a system on its own, and not just copying something.

  29. Anonymous
    December 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Unity took some time to get used to and then I reformatted for the less resource hungry Xubuntu.

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Some machines are better served by Xubuntu, and I'm glad there's choice.

  30. Thomas Prikowitsch
    December 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    the only thing i really hate - and i mean hate - with unity is the macification of having the menu of any focused window - and even if it is the rightmost window on my third screen on the top of the leftmost screen... this is irrational and unpractical.... its really the only thing i wish to change
    i will get used to the rest, but not this ma[c|l]function

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Do you mean the menu bar being removed from the Windows? The idea with that is to get programmers to make applications that don't need the menu often, and I think it's working. If you want to not have the menu work this way, though, use this command:
      sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk indicator-applet-appmenu indicator-appmenu

      And then restart Unity.

      • Andrew Mair
        December 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        " make applications that don't need menu often..." - thanks for noting this Justin.  I like Unity, and had wondered if that was part of the philosophy, but hadn't spotted it written anywhere.  The transition can be a bit painful though - I find it a real struggle to use Gimp with Unity!

      • j_ee
        December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

        can I have this option in something other than Unity? as in i.e. Gnome 3 Shell or XFCE?
        Would installing the above-mentioned packages do the trick?

      • Curt
        May 5, 2012 at 5:46 am

        "…to make applications that don’t need menu often…” Well, there goes using an application that offers a lot of power and complex capabilities. I guess I should no longer worry about using GIMP, Blender, or just about anything that's actually important for people that use their computers for more than just logging into F**ebook.

        Wow. My favorite OS is needing an intervention. I think Ubuntu needs to go to drug rehab. Is Mark going through depression or something?

  31. Bogdan
    December 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    "Windows 8 and its radically different interface" Wait, what? By the way, Unity looks great. If you don't like it, install Gnome-Shell, KDE, LXDE or any other UI. Linux is about choice. Ubuntu offers a great distribution to start from, you can use it as it is or customise it in any possible way. It's much easier to do it than with other OS.

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Windows 8 is going to feel nothing like Windows as we know it, if initial releases mean anything. And I love the customization offered by Linux.

  32. Anomaly
    December 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I'm not minding Unity except for the issue it's having with Compiz that should have been fixed long ago.

    Gnome 3 Shell is better than Unity in some ways.

    XFCE is a good choice if you prefer a Gnome 2 type UI.

    As for Windows 8, I predict if will be Vista like release. It will be much hated and most people will stay with Windows 7 which is a very good OS IMO.

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      We'll see what happens with Windows 8, and I think there will be some pushback at first. Old habits die hard. Eventually, though, everything will change. It's absurd the start menu survived this long as it is.

      • James Bruce
        December 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        Tablets will flock, no one will use the new interface, and it will be reverted. The start menu may not be ideal, but it's a damn sight better than giants blocks of colourful widgets. If we wanted that kind of BS interface, we could do it now with windows gadgets. 

        • Andrew Smith
          December 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

          you can't press small buttons with your finger tips easily...

          Tablets have been around for a lot longer than the iPad, what changed that made them popular? a better form factor yes, but I'd say it mostly had to do with the UI that was designed to be used on a tablet.

          As far as tablets go, metro will win.

    • rakete
      December 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Win7 is nothing but a Vista makeover. Only the gui had changed ;)

      I see Windows 8 biggest oppertunity in running on ARM powered Smartphones, Laptops and Desktops at the same time with the same Interface(s) (Metro and Win7 style).

      Since there will be Nokia Phones that bring the Metro GUI to Smartphone users, and Desktop Users can still switch to "Win7 Desktop Mode", I think there won't be much "hate" this time.

      Microsoft is copying Apple hard, with own ideas and the knowledge of Apples little mistakes in mind (OSI and free Licences will be allowed with Microsoft AppStore.) I think they will have a great comeback with mobile and tablet ready Win8.

  33. Scutterman
    December 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    There are a few valid reasons why I don't like the Unity interface:
    1) Everything is about left. The close/maximize/minimize buttons are there, as well as the dock.

    2) It makes more work for me. I want to close an unfocussed windows? You need to focus it first. Want to check what programs are open? Focus the dock first. Same with switching windows or programs.

    3) Customisation. There isn't much of it. I want to decide where my buttons are, where my dock is, whether my dock stays open, where my menus are.

    To me, this isn't progression, it's regression. I can't even easily see a preview of open programs.

    This alone is enough to make me not want Ubuntu, but then there's my real complaint about Ubuntu. I've tried to install it twice over the space of a few years.
    The first time I was using it happily for a few months when the partition corrupted. this may or may not be the fault of Ubuntu, but I've never had a ntfs partition do that. The only saving grace was anything important was stored on USB drives or my windows partition.
    The second time I tried to install it, apart from unity ruining the experience, was that nothing worked out of the box. I needed to go online to make my cyborg mouse work at all, my usb monitor didn't work even after hours of internet searches and tweaking, my notebook monitor was always black until it got input from the brightness controls, and so on.
    Then, I updated Ubuntu and it decided to never boot again. I nuked the partition and when I booted windows again it felt like coming home.

    All in all, I think I'll try Fedora, or maybe centOS, next time.

    Now that the rant is over... I'm not against linux. The server I use at work is linux and I will always say that it is a whole world better than anything windows produced for server. But that's because there's no inputs or outputs except ssh. To say an operating system is perfectly stable so long as you don't need to use a monitor, mouse, or keyboard with it isn't a great promotional piece

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Keep trying new things and exploring; you'll find something you like eventually.

  34. Espen Meidell
    December 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Great article! I have to say i agree with you. It is nice to see that Ubuntu is moving forward, and Unity is a great step. While it currently doesn't give you many options to customize your desktop, I'm sure we will see many more options in the future.

    • jhpot
      December 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      We're typically a silent bunch, but we're not alone.

      • Mike
        March 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

        Guys, guys guys...has anyone looked closely at their unity desktop screen for 11.10? If you want to go back to your original icons on the bar and be able to open your files on the lower bar this is how you do it.
        Just go to the start up box where you sign in your name to start and next to your name to the right is a little sprocket, choose the little wheel next to your name to drop down menu and select GNOME CLASSIC. You have several choices there...I just thought this might help everyone. I'm not an IT guy and I'm only a half cool geek (smile), but I did find a way to get back to my old classic looking screen and now I'm a big fan again Linux Ubuntu. Try it and then pass it on my brothers!