[TriLUG] Ubuntu 11.04 Release Party, April 28, Chapel Hill
igor at igorpartola.com
Sun Apr 17 21:43:15 EDT 2011
I have been using Xubuntu for a few years now, mostly because I
thought (perhaps wrongly) that Gnome was much more memory-hungry.
About a year ago I got a netbook and put the Netbook Remix on it,
where the Unity interface was first introduced. I kind of fell in love
with it, so I now am upgrading all my desktop machines to Ubuntu with
Unity. The interface is not without quirks, but it is the easiest time
I've had adapting to a new workflow mindset.
The one modification I usually make is removing all icons from the
desktop: this is an ugly Windows concept.
On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM, Kevin Otte <nivex at nivex.net> wrote:
> This is the best (and sometimes worst) part of working in Open Source:
> you have a choice.
> Personally, I'm used to the windows/desktop paradigm, so I will likely
> be switching to Xubuntu. My Dad has also expressed his dislike of the
> new Unity interface (he often tries the betas on his netbook from a Live
> USB stick) and has expressed interest in switching to either Kubuntu or
> In addition to the change in workflow, I'm a little concerned with the
> increasing dependence on 3D accelerated hardware, especially given the
> still lacking state of Free drivers in that realm.
> I can understand what Ubuntu is trying to do with Unity, though I'm not
> sure why they didn't coordinate directly with the GNOME folk to get the
> changes into 3.0. C'est la vie.
> To your point of switching: you can install multiple desktop
> environments alongside each other in Ubuntu by installing the
> appropriate metapackage. For KDE, kubuntu-desktop. For XFCE,
> xubuntu-desktop. Once you find one you're happy with, you can remove
> the ubuntu-desktop metapackage and clean up any packages you don't need.
> No reinstall required.
> On 04/17/2011 04:41 PM, matt at noway2.thruhere.net wrote:
>> On a more serious note, what is everybody's take on the new Ubuntu concept
>> with the departure from a standard Gnome based desktop? If you are an
>> Ubuntu user, do you plan to stay with it or go to something else as a
>> I personally have been using Ubuntu for several years, but have been
>> moving away from it. This is a little complicated by the fact that my
>> wife also uses it and is "comfortable" with it (she couldn't navigate my
>> KDE based installation of Slackware). My complaint with the new Ubuntu
>> display is how it makes everything into icons with the panel on the
>> desktop. I don't really have any intentions to upgrade any of my existing
>> installations. I guess at some point I will switch, but I am not sure to
>> what exactly.
>> I also have a couple of server distributions that I now rely on. One of
>> them is still running Karmic, which is now or will soon be EOL. Again, I
>> question do I switch and if I do, what would be the best way to minimize
>> my "down" time.
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