The new Ubuntu is a disaster. They've apparently switched their focus from "Just Works" to "Shiny Untested Things". In a few hours:
* Multiple crashes on two different hardware machines (after upgrade)
* Wrong wireless networks auto-inserted into /etc/network/interfaces during the upgrade, which caused the boot sequence to have a scary incomprehensible prompt about network configuration failure. This was apparently an "Ubuntu server" improvement which screwed up Ubuntu Desktop. Not a good sign.
* Unity is pre-alpha quality, regresses on many UI issues:
* Title fuses with top panel, can't right click it
* No useful minimize gesture (except a tiny button)
* No window-list at a glance (This regresses to pre-win95 usability). As long as keyboard window switching is useful, this will remain relevant.
* When title is fused into panel, general window title gestures are flaky/don't always work
* Alt-f2, "emacs", enter --> executes xchat! (unless I wait ~300ms for emacs to be "found" into the completion list)
* Windows are placed a couple of pixels too much to the left, making an awkward gap almost enough to put the unity panel in.
* Workspace switcher requires two levels of window selection, useful when you have many windows, slows down when you have a few.
* Workspace switcher cannot move windows between desktops
* In 2D mode, can't have Alt-f10 be bound to both maximize and restore!
* Gnome fallback (installable as a package) does not work. Panel is not configurable, pretty much nothing works.
* CCSM -> Preferences -> Plugin list -> Entire UI is stuck. Reboot comes back without the unity panel (Switch to 2D seemed to work around it).
One of my machines was pretty broken after the Ubuntu upgrade, I decided to do a fresh install:
* I haven't done that in a looong time, so I was surprised I can no longer browse the web or do anything useful while installing.
* Download time estimates are based on the last 2 sec of throughput, which is ridiculous and quirky. Why doesn't anyone use long-running averages which make so much more sense?
I think Ubuntu in 2009 was much much better than Ubuntu in 2011, I'm considering replacing the install with some older Ubuntu version.
Anyone has any recommendations for a GNU/Linux distribution focused on "Just Works", less tinkering, and GUIs are nicer than editing config files? I think I've had it with the direction Ubuntu is taking.