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Shuttleworth has a little Matt Berry on the IT Crowd going on...
 
+Nelson Álvarez Sáez If you put the function of the app ( ie browser, word, etc) and it should pull it up.
Otherwise go into the app lense and use the categories to filter what you want ( Super + A gets you straight to that lense)
 
Linuxmint (based on debian and ubuntu) is the answer for those dissatisfied with ubuntu's desktop envrionment changes
 
i've set up +SolusOS on a friend's outdated laptop, since it's based on +Debian and uses very little RAM, and it's a bit easier to set up and use than Debian.  on my own newer PC"s, i use +PinguyOS , which is a mod of Ubuntu using gdm and Gnome3/gnome shell and that suits me well.  i left Ubuntu because Unity desktop is not what i want to be using as a power user.  and ironically, Pinguy OS is rather easy to use, even for a beginner
 
There is also Kubuntu and Lubuntu for those dissatisfied with Unity. Fedora might be worth a try to.
 
Very nice ! Ubuntu rocks! (although I think unity needs a bit of tweaking and there needs to be some documentation on the lenses.) 
 
I should've said "Linux Mint is an answer" rather than "the". I liked gnome 2 which linuxmint has kept alive with MATE. Also though I have used Xubuntu a lot and think its great.
 
Ubuntu got me started with Linux, then Arch and Slackware made me understand it and love it.
 
I've never quite understood the complaints about Unity, given that it's childishly simple to revert to Gnome 2, switch to Gnome 3, or run something completely different (xmonad for the win!). Is there something deeply onerous or offensive about opening a terminal and typing "sudo apt-get install gnome-panel"?
 
Unity is a good 'experiment'. And it will be useful, if it can access with mouse other than keeeeeeeeeeyboooooooored.
 
That "unity" thing, what is the purpose? I was helping a friend who had got problems with his windows7 (couldn't find drivers...) so we installed latest LTS Ubuntu 12.04, which was quick, but... after not being able to find out how that "unity" is supposed to work, I installed gnome classic and everything was fine. He was very pleased with the machine.
I got the impression that this "unity" is there to make people think, to realize that it's a joke :-)
For my own have been running Gnome for 10 years, but on my Tablet I'm using fluxbox now. That is great and easy to configure.
 
Why not just install a different desktop environment if you don't like Unity? That way you keep the same packages and support but get a different UI. Is there really a reason to fork away to yet another distro when its trivially easy to install something you like bett�er? That's what I do, Gnome3 is fantastic.
 
+Roland Orre Unity is a little challenging to get used to, I agree, and I hated it at first. I gave it a chance though and honestly I love it now. I hate going to my windows box because I miss my dash.

Gnome 3 has a similar setup, but it lacks the side bar. The dash setup is better than unity, though.
 
+Joshua LaBerge , the various forks or mods quite often have a good amount of post-install settings adjustments you'd often make yourself done already, by default, which makes a reinstall a total breeze, when needed.  and gets you up and running faster if it's a new install
 
+Lance Stuetzle Gentoo was the distribution that really forced me to understand linux rather than just use it.
 
Red Hat, Storm, Suse, Caldera, Arch helped made me understand Linux. Ubuntu made me enjoy it. (at the pure user level).
 
Yes exactly what I did +Joshua LaBerge but I don't see why this "unity"-joke is default. It'll just scare away people who are not experienced and know they can easily install another GUI.
I don't know what unity is intended for, it could possibly be aimed for very simple tablets, but hardly for any general computer usage like normal tablets, laptops, notebooks and desktops.
 
+Roland Orre you realize that Windows 8 is an even more confusing and less usable solution than Unity, right? Pretty soon OSX is going to be the only OS using a "classic" layout.
 
Gents i do very much respect both of you in advace by default.
But I hate twice as much such videos where one or two guys are sittin and bull shitting me with such as smart faces as "you know what I mean"!
English is my second but it not a big deal for me to read listen and understand the meaning but when such guys are trying to share their "ideas" it's awful! It turns for me in to white noise, meanless stripe of sounds and it seems to me that such talking heads just missed communications a lot and would speak for hours just to maintain and keep broadcasting full.
Thank you very much, I'm full now, I'm fed up, thank you.
 
+Art Edwards I'd honestly suggest that you give Unity a chance. I use my ubuntu primarly as a development machine and while I absolutely hated Unity for the first week or two now I feel lost without it. 
 
I don't understand why people who have problem with Unity don't just install Gnome 3 instead of crying about Unity all the time?  The beautiful thing about Ubuntu is that it's putting Linux in so many people's hands that the constant complaining and cynicism will be drowned out by normal users.
 
+Matt Wolfgang The issue is that Gnome 3 is no better. I used to love Ubuntu but I guess in its attempt to be more user friendly it just might alienate the users who use it for coding/development purposes.
 
+Matt Wolfgang Unity is alpha buggy software, and Gnome 3 is a big regression in ui over gnome 2. It's really annoying that the ux of Ubuntu is going backwards rather than forward, because it means there's little hope of it ever improving.
 
#Unity  is awesome! Come on... I f you're still complaining about Unity, then sorry but you're probably the kind of person that whines about everything. Unity was shaky at first, but with the stability it has gained and the introduction of dozens of features (HUD, dash lenses, scopes, Web app integration, UX changes, etc) it has really become such a "selling point" for Ubuntu. This is something that no other Linux desktop OS has ever achieved. Ubuntu has moved beyond the point of "catching up" to others. It's time for innovation and they're doing it well. You whiners and squealers will always be out there. We've all heard your point, enough. I'm not gonna sit by and let you steer the development of +Ubuntu in the wrong direction through your misguided comments. +Matt Wolfgang is absolutely correct. 1) If you don't like Unity, the please use Gnome 3, KDE, Xfce, Mint Cinnamon, whatever else you want... 2) Your complaints really drown out the voice of us who are pleased with Unity and the way it's heading. I can't keep on commenting, but know that it is a constant worry that you whiners may have your comments heard (due to your persistence) and may steer Unity development in the wrong direction :-/ Enough! Now go on and use another desktop enviro, or install Ubuntu 8.04 if you wish to remain behind with feature-less versions of Gnome because you cannot adapt to newer technology.

Thank heavens for sites like +OMG! Ubuntu! that bring us good news about #Ubuntu  often enough :-)
 
I have no problem w/ Gnome 3. It is different, but things change... Get used to it.
 
+Alice Ni  OK, how about KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Cinnamon, or any of the other desktop environments?  Ubuntu is the distro for the masses, so why would they focus the interface on a subset of a small group of the intended users (developers who don't like Unity)?
 
+Mohammed Sayanvala I understand you like Unity, but it is objectively worse than gnome 2 for many purposes.

None of the alternatives are as good as gnome 2 was, or people would already be using them rather than Ubuntu before Unity was released.

I've heard the "Unity is all better now" argument before, gave it a try, and saw that it was still a buggy counter productive ui. I don't have unlimited time to give to Unity, and I no longer trust the Unity team to be competent enough to design a good ui from scratch.
 
+Art Edwards so you don't use Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Google Reader, Gmail, etc, etc... ????

Unity's web app integration adds features to them by:
-Making them easily accessible from the dash/launcher
-Integrating them with system notifications
-Integrating them with launcher counters/ (soon) with the HUD.
-etc.

How is this a bad thing? Really?
 
+Eyal Lotem fair enough. I don't like Gnome 3 in the same way you dislike Unity. Same goes for KDE, etc. I've given them a try on more than one occasion, but hey.. it boils down to personal preference and how you use your PC. All I'm saying is allow us to use Unity because we like it. If you like another enivro, then go ahead and use that one, but don't try to steer Unity in the direction of another enviro because there are many people who like just where Unity is/is heading.
 
+Mohammed Sayanvala Mohammed has a point in that we have freedom of choice on the Linux desktop.  As a long time user of Ubunut (since 6.04), I have watched some good ideas come and go.  The change to Unity was a bit of a jerk to the senses at first, and I went out and bought a copy of windows 7 (the last version I ever will by the way).  Seven is good, but by that time I was missing the freedom.  With the release of 12.04 I reinstalled Ubuntu and said right, lets give this a better shot since its had time to develop some more.  It took a little getting used to at first (only a few days), but I'm glad I did.  The idea of lenses etc is a well thought out addition and looking at the demos the other day of the integrated web apps is right up my street as a great way forward.  I look at Ubuntu now and think this is it... We have come a long way and any real success is now properly deserved.  Seeing news articles saying that adoption of Ubuntu grew 160% in India last year is heartwarming to me.  It means people are finally learning that there is a choice to make about which OS they run and some of the design decisions are spot on from a general users perspective.
 
I switched from Mac OSX to Ubuntu largely because of Unity and Gnome 3. I would not have made the jump if gnome 2 was the primary DE. I think the issue is balancing the risk of moving to a modern DE to attract new users or losing old users who have established workflows. Unfortunately, I don't think Linux, or Ubuntu in particular, will grow using the old paradigms.
 
+Art Edwards What do you mean you're having a hard time finding a workable alternative? If you were "extremely" happy with Gnome 2, then why not continue using it? I was really exaggerating when I suggested the use of Ubuntu 8.04, but practically speaking, why not continue using Ubuntu 10.04? Most of the changes to Ubuntu since then have been cosmetic (which you don't support in any case) and it's quite up to date and I would say compatible with all Linux software. You can get the Linux kernel updates and there you have it, a perfect, stable Gnome 2 desktop using the latest software, just excluding the recent cosmetic changes of Ubuntu. Why is that so hard? I'm at university in South Africa where our computers are still running Ubuntu 10.04. It's stable and gets everything done.
 
+Mark Shuttleworth is a very smart man, with some topics in particular. I agree about the importance of developers and technologies like juju, which are very cool. Fortunately, the competitive power of the free market will allow us to produce interesting responses and keep things interesting for years to come.
 
Using unity on my notebook and with xfce on my netbook. Both work fine for me. Best about linux is the freedom of choice. That won't come with any windows version no matter how shiny they look like. Just doing first steps with win7 on an office-device ... well it looks well ;-)
 
Intriguing interview, though I dislike Unity desktop an alternate desktop is only an apt-get away. Would have loved them to have spent 20 seconds on what makes the Dell with Ubuntu so special. 
 
Why does every ubuntu message have to end up in a discussion about unity?
 
I'll have to button up my shirt too. Looks really cool :-)
 
+Julian Menzie This is why i'm still using Windows tried using Linux many time but when it comes to stability many times faced the errors and then I switched back to windows.
 
+Nathan Cox Gentoo was the distribution that really forced me to understand Linux and learn the true meaning of suffering :-)

By the way, unity rocks! Give it a chance and you ll love it...
 
+Mark Ward  You're right. I'd would like to see the notebook front with ubuntu on it. In fact I had a dell netbook and I didn't like it because first I had to get rid of all those things dell put on it. Took a while till I get access to the original ubuntu servers and get an update. The guys at dell couldn't help and end up saying, that they couldn't support an ubuntu machine - in fact I bought it from them.
 
Unity is a good choose and everybody will understand it soon. Gnome is nice and I am very used to it, BUT it's too similar to macosx experience! Imagine Mark showing his OS and people saying: it's like Apple macos! Nahh... Linux needs its own image! If others don't like unity, try to invent something else, not copies of Apple or Microsoft! Remember that noobs judge a desktop from its icons, desk bar and look! Go Mark!
 
Nice interview! :)

Ans wow what ppl complain about Unity because its different than gnome2. Sure It's still need some work, but its come a long way compared with just a few month ago. I for one really enjoy Unity!
 
+Alberto P. I think Unity is much more similar to OSX than Gnome is. The global menu, the window buttons on the left, an always visible panel, expose view,... But I really like Unity anyway. And considering how much it evolved since its first appearing in 10.10 (netbook-edition) I'm sure it will be even better in one or two more years ;)
 
As much as i love any Linux disro, it wont go mainstream until they can streamline driver and software installations. Additionally, i love dual booting, but i would prefer to play games on one OS, instead of needing to hop back and forth. WINE is great and all, but i had issues with a game 5 years old on it...
 
Ubuntu all da way... Waiting to see this Dell laptop
 
I discussed this post with 1 person in a hangout.
 
I discussed this post with 1 person in a hangout.
 
You are telling me that you had major driver problems with Windows? What O/S version was it? You mentioned Windoze 8 I have to admit that what I have seen so far is lame. But all client versions before, namely 7, Vista, XP even 95 have no driver issues. I wonder what hardware platform you were working on to have these major issues.
 
Yet another Ubuntu comments thread obscured by old discussions about Unity. Might I suggest people who have 'moved away' or are 'going to move away if this doesn't change' set up a separate discussion account? I'm not trying to shut down input here, but rather suggesting a more suitable place for the discussion. It's becoming very frustrating having to wade through off-topic comments (for example Unity is tangental at best to this particular post) to find the ones addressing the actual post. I'm conscious I'm essentially doing the same thing here so here endeth my input.
 
My comment was simply stating the ease of installation in the systems, not
the hardware specific issues. Jesus fuck me christ...
 
Ubuntu on cell phone and Ubuntu TV Thanks,
 
I like Ubuntu and I am glad so see them working with Dell on the Sputnik project.  I for one hope projects like this put Linux in general on the map a little more with consumers.  Ubuntu is the most popular distro but that doesn't mean it's for everyone.  If you don't like it because something isn't working right or you just don't like Unity then get rid of Unity or try another distro.  You don't have that freedom with Windows or OS X where you can just use another distro if you don't like it for some reason.  You have much more freedom of choice when it comes to Linux to find something that suites your needs.  My personal experience with Ubuntu has been great and that is the only one I put any of my family or friends on and their experience with it has been great also.  By doing this I don't get the calls anymore like I used to from friends and family needing me to come to their house to work on their computer because of Windows issues.  I have been using Ubuntu since the 8.04 release.  This is off topic but I would like to get my hands on a Chromebook also.  Google worked directly with Canonical (Ubuntu) on this.
 
There are not subtitles in that video...
 
sudo apt-get install xmonad e17 xfce4 and the problem with Unity is solved. ;-)
 
the old arguments against unity simply don't work anymore. Unity is fast, highly functional, and works amazingly. If you are still struggling to use it, it's because you don't want to.
Gnome2 was hideous, you had entire distros who the ONLY thing they changed from their parent distro was to customize gnome2, or you could install a distro, and spend the next 3 hours trying to get gnome2 to work AND look decent.
Unity imo, is FAR more superuser friendly. It's hard for a new user to figure out how to search instead of using nested menus.....but as a power user, you know exactly what you want, and 2 keyboard presses later, you're in. Nested menu's are awkward and tedious, and it's lazy to keep doing it just because that's how its always been done. We can do better, and +Ubuntu is doing that.
 
I love the elegant interface Unity provides. One can do complex things easily.
 
i'd love to use Ubuntu, and I've tried. but every time i do try to use it after a week I always start encountering super unique problem that for some reason can never be fixed by an online solution.
 
also i wish there was more GUI, when i tried Linux i found myself going into the terminal very often...
BAG GAB
 
+Rashad Al-Haddad Ubuntu 12.04 on newer hardware should be fine...integrated video cards are suspect...use tested hardware
 
Considering there are dozens of Linux distros that don't use Unity, I suggest those who can't adjust to it find a distro they like, install it, and then quit following anything related to Ubuntu.  It seems to me that if the real problem was Unity, you would find something you liked and move on.  I think the real problem is some people need something to complain about all the time.
 
First I disliked unity and tried LinuxMint. However I missed the beauty of Ubuntu and came back. Now I love Unity and find it the right way to populate Ubuntu beyond the desktop to the mobile phones and TVs. Thank to Mark Shuttleworth.
 
I agree with the closing statements, thanks Mark for what you do! :)
 
I've been using +Ubuntu since I guess 7.10 and like it better with each release (yes, even 11.04 despite all its flaws). Ubuntu has improved tremendously these last years. I also like Mark's vision for the future of Ubuntu and open source in general, look forward to being a (very small) part of that future.

And please for crying out load if you still don't like Unity use something else and spare everyone else the constant whining. There are plenty of alternatives, +Xubuntu is a great alternative for example.
 
Unity is very pretty and I like the HUD, but it's very lacking in terms of customization. I wish there was a built-in way to configure the window border, widgets, icons, colors, and panel applets just like I can do with gnome2, xfce, and lxde.
 
people please try Bodhi, it's awesome.
 
Honestly, Unity is horrible.  I've never seen a desktop manager so dumbed down.  It's akin to the menu system we used to have for DOS if it could be reproduced in a GUI.  Unity is really a farce atop gnome which has always been short on utility.  Unity just doesn't have what it needs under the "lenses" feature.  The whole desktop manager thing is crazy unfeatured.

KDE on the other hand, when you change from "desktop view" to "folder view" takes on a new life, one of powerful desktop manager.  When you turn off "desktop view" and change to "folder view" then close the excess of plasmoids, turn on double click, and configure Dolphin, you have the most feature rich and powerful desktop managers beating nearly every alternative combined.
 
Unity is awesome!! People complaining about it just don' t want to come out of their little world & because of them Linux was not the desktop of masses, they just want copy of windows menu in Gnome..
I know unity is not mature now but it is becoming better & better ... 
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