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This is a full picture of my Desktop


This is the Cool Quad Workspace Option in action..



My initial reaction was, awesome, this looks nice! After fiddling with this new OS from the Ubuntu Team, I gotta say, there are some serious issues...

Following is a list of issues that seriously need resolved.

1) Accessing applications isn't as easy as click click go, it's more like click click, hunt & find, then click and go, or you can use the search box if you know the name of the application you are looking for, the problem is, most people DO NOT KNOW if they have never used Ubuntu before.

2) In Ubuntu 10.10 and older editions you could go to places > Connect To Server to find your shares on a Vista or Windows 7 Machine, that's no longer an option, and after trying for 4 hours to get it to work following every found tutorial I could, still no go... So I gave up... Needless to say, Unity offers very little in the way of Networking. Though you can downloads some software, most of it is worthless!

3) There is something suspicious about how this Desktop works, there is a Hidden Menu Bar in the top toolbar, it's not there unless you move your mouse over it, and when you open Mozilla Firefox, there is no menu bar at all, strange? I'm thinking that this OS supports browser spying, because the Desktop may have been setup as a web page! I could be wrong of course, but something tells me (instinctively) that there is something seriously fishy about the setup of Unity in Ubuntu! (I'm not saying any of this is true, but it sure does look extremely suspicious and should be investigated fully by the users, so beware!)

Those are the three major things I'd like to point out, and it's not really there to Knock Unity or the Ubuntu community it's not. I personally like some of the features, the Quad-View Workspace Switcher is really cool, some of the setup in the OS (from initial setup) is rather lacking, for example in the Install Applications list, when you click on the left bar for applications you will find a Solitaire game in the list of the 6 programs listed, that obviously shouldn't be there, it's not an important part of the OS, it's an accessory.

I think it looks like this OS was rush designed, not enough consideration was put into it to be truthful about it, I have been struggling very hard, being a veteran Ubuntu user, to figure out how to customize my the Menu Bars, to no avail, and I'm not going to assume you can't, but I was unable to after much fiddling with it.

Conclusion: Even for a seasoned Gnome user I felt like the intuitiveness of this OS isn't quite as good as Gnome, it's rather difficult to adjust to the changes, and even for a new user I felt like that it was difficult to navigate, because I have never used Unity before I felt so frustrated at times. There seems to be a significant lack of options and settings, there are quite a few things that I felt should have never been done away with as well. I'd say that Ubuntu 10.10 is going back on machine, cause I just cannot stand this new version at all. I gave it an honest go, and after fiddling with it for a few days the frustrations have prompted me to uninstall it completely.
Edited by _GTech - 6/14/11 at 12:48pm
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+1, I did the same thing.
    
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(Warning: I'm a newb. This post could be wrong. Simply my observations.)

1. Yes, different.

2. If you open your home folder and go to file on the hidden menu there is a 'Connect to Server' option.. I'm not sure what you mean. I was also lost, but a quick google search pointed me right to it. Unless your saying it didn't work for you.

3. That is weird. And annoying how the close/min/max buttons move around when you maximize the window. Anyway, as for Firefox.. I have a menu bar. Just have to hover at the top for it to appear.

Not trying to offend you, it is your review. Just thought I'd share my thoughts.
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(Warning: I'm a newb. This post could be wrong. Simply my observations.)

1. Yes, different.

2. If you open your home folder and go to file on the hidden menu there is a 'Connect to Server' option.. I'm not sure what you mean. I was also lost, but a quick google search pointed me right to it. Unless your saying it didn't work for you.

3. That is weird. And annoying how the close/min/max buttons move around when you maximize the window. Anyway, as for Firefox.. I have a menu bar. Just have to hover at the top for it to appear.

Not trying to offend you, it is your review. Just thought I'd share my thoughts.
So much you can learn from a veteran user, but I honestly tried for a long time to get things to work the way I wanted them to, but I was frustrated to no end...

I recommended the uninstall because of the frustrations, I'm sure there is a way around things to find how to change back from the changes they made, but my point isn't so much about the changes as it is the frustrations you will meet...

I did like the OS over all, it was nice in a netbook/tablet style kind of way.
I just got tired of the meeting many frustrations, so I uninstalled it...
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i think ubuntu's glory days might be behind them. it's been a while since i've heard _anything positive. Every review is negative, too many bugs. Its almost to the point where they are giving linux bad perception.
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The whole thing felt like MacOS.

I think the MacOS UI is inefficient.

Sums it up for me.
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I like unity more than Gnome.

deal with it
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Unity and Gnome 3 have driven me to alternatives like XFCE, LXDE and KDE 4. KDE 4 was horrible the last time I tried it but I recently gave Fedora 15's KDE spin a try and I must say I'm quite impressed.
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after playing with unity for about a week, i changed my mind on it, it has potential.

maybe after a few revisions and some bug fixes on it, it will be a worth while desktop, it really needs a "unified" control panel for settings, and the ability to move the "dock" around, as it makes it difficult, as i keep my panel's on the right monitor, and it makes it difficult, and the panel that extends across i wish can have a auto-hide or removal feature.

i will keep an eye out for it in later versions, right now i'm in ubuntu-classic mode, too lazy atm to install kde
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after playing with unity for about a week, i changed my mind on it, it has potential.

maybe after a few revisions and some bug fixes on it, it will be a worth while desktop, it really needs a "unified" control panel for settings, and the ability to move the "dock" around, as it makes it difficult, as i keep my panel's on the right monitor, and it makes it difficult, and the panel that extends across i wish can have a auto-hide or removal feature.

i will keep an eye out for it in later versions, right now i'm in ubuntu-classic mode, too lazy atm to install kde
this may be true... but the amount of refining and tweaking it needs done...

do you REALLY think cannonical will make the right decisions to turn it into a good UI?
Kinda meh now...
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