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Poll Results: Which Linux Desktop do you use?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 12% of voters (103)
    Gnome 2 / Mate
  • 10% of voters (85)
    Gnome-Shell
  • 13% of voters (117)
    Unity
  • 18% of voters (158)
    Cinnamon
  • 17% of voters (148)
    KDE
  • 15% of voters (134)
    XFCE
  • 4% of voters (39)
    LXDE
  • 1% of voters (15)
    Enlightenment / E17
  • 6% of voters (55)
    OpenBox / FluxBox
  • 3% of voters (30)
    Awesome / DWM
  • 9% of voters (81)
    Other
845 Total Votes  
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I don't necessarily like what Ubuntu is doing, but I applaud them for trying to be different and doing something outside the norm. Most distros don't take risks, things just never really change. Shuttleworth obviously sees the desktop as it is now a niche concept in the future. He's not really that far off IMO. What is all the rage now? Is it simple, efficient and logical menu structures? No, it's giant SVG icons and fancy transition effects. Shuttleworth sees what smartphones are doing and envisions the same on the desktop. KDE has a chance at this, GNOME is much too conservative to do what he wants. Gnome Shell might be a step in the same direction but it will still not move nearly as fast as he is interested in moving.

Why the talk about Wayland? X is old, and it was designed for 20-year-old infrastructure and computing concepts. Why does Shuttleworth want to jump on board it so quick? Well perhaps a better question is why does everyone else not want to?
    
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I don't necessarily like what Ubuntu is doing, but I applaud them for trying to be different and doing something outside the norm. Most distros don't take risks, things just never really change. Shuttleworth obviously sees the desktop as it is now a niche concept in the future. He's not really that far off IMO. What is all the rage now? Is it simple, efficient and logical menu structures? No, it's giant SVG icons and fancy transition effects. Shuttleworth sees what smartphones are doing and envisions the same on the desktop. KDE has a chance at this, GNOME is much too conservative to do what he wants. Gnome Shell might be a step in the same direction but it will still not move nearly as fast as he is interested in moving.

Why the talk about Wayland? X is old, and it was designed for 20-year-old infrastructure and computing concepts. Why does Shuttleworth want to jump on board it so quick? Well perhaps a better question is why does everyone else not want to?
I have high hopes for Wayland, but it will take some time. I hope that Canonical puts forth the required effort to make it viable. The thing that really struck me as great is the fact that it allows hot swappable GPU switching between low power Intel IGP and high power ATI/NVidia for gaming.


This is a big deal. The problem is that we've been using X for so long.....it just won't be pretty at first.
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Abandon ship bro. I will help you with whatever questions you have. Fedora has a Gnome variant. You can install Gnome on my distro really.
Haha. Will be looking into it. Might mess with it on my laptop with a borked install of Windows 7. Ran Ubuntu for the longest time till I got bored with Ubuntu on it. For some reason, love Ubuntu on my desktop.

But thanks.
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Haha. Will be looking into it. Might mess with it on my laptop with a borked install of Windows 7. Ran Ubuntu for the longest time till I got bored with Ubuntu on it. For some reason, love Ubuntu on my desktop.

But thanks.
Feel free to shoot me a PM man. I've been doing this professionally and personally for quite some time now. I love helping new people out.

If I knew just how much I would love Linux now a few years ago I would have started much sooner. I'm getting my Linux+ certification over the winter break (EE major here, ready to finish :\\)
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post #2095 of 7733
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Originally Posted by randomizer View Post
I don't necessarily like what Ubuntu is doing, but I applaud them for trying to be different and doing something outside the norm. Most distros don't take risks, things just never really change. Shuttleworth obviously sees the desktop as it is now a niche concept in the future. He's not really that far off IMO. What is all the rage now? Is it simple, efficient and logical menu structures? No, it's giant SVG icons and fancy transition effects. Shuttleworth sees what smartphones are doing and envisions the same on the desktop. KDE has a chance at this, GNOME is much too conservative to do what he wants. Gnome Shell might be a step in the same direction but it will still not move nearly as fast as he is interested in moving.

Why the talk about Wayland? X is old, and it was designed for 20-year-old infrastructure and computing concepts. Why does Shuttleworth want to jump on board it so quick? Well perhaps a better question is why does everyone else not want to?
I agree entirely. The world would not advance without people making an effort to do things differently. I also applaud ubuntu for making linux more accessable (many would argue) to the end user.

My favourite is sabyon linux though, despite the gigantic ISO. It's also the only project i've contributed to. But my other love is arch.
post #2096 of 7733
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I agree entirely. The world would not advance without people making an effort to do things differently. I also applaud ubuntu for making linux more accessable (many would argue) to the end user.

My favourite is sabyon linux though, despite the gigantic ISO. It's also the only project i've contributed to. But my other love is arch.

Sabyon looks great. Downloading now. What did you do?

I see on the homepage (but don't know how involved you are) that they're after funds for a server.

Isn't P2P perfect for these situations - when Ubuntu 10.04 was released, they implored people to use torrents to save their bandwidth.
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Sorry for also continuing this off-topic subject, but just a little note of interest for some of the anti-Ubuntu posters to consider: Wayland May Be Included In Fedora As Early As Fedora 15...
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Sorry for also continuing this off-topic subject, but just a little note of interest for some of the anti-Ubuntu posters to consider: Wayland May Be Included In Fedora As Early As Fedora 15...
I have mixed feelings regarding wayland. First of all, that was the first part of the name of the corporation in the AvP universe
But I digress. In all seriousness, these are things that we should consider:

Wayland supposedly is able to support hot swapping GPU from power state 0 to 3, thus utilizing power savings for discrete graphics. This is a positive
Negatively, this technology is nowhere near as old as X windows.

As far as I'm concerned it's going to be a nightmare.
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Sabyon looks great. Downloading now. What did you do?

I see on the homepage (but don't know how involved you are) that they're after funds for a server.

Isn't P2P perfect for these situations - when Ubuntu 10.04 was released, they implored people to use torrents to save their bandwidth.
I donated £5, i didn't contribute any code. and yes. This is pretty much what torrents were invented for. Even twitter use torrents now to update all their servers.
post #2100 of 7733
For Wayland vs. X, all I can say is it's about time something replaces X. X should have died years ago. And having the top two Linux distributions move may finally kill X.

(If you need a laugh, read this, including the fine print at the bottom.)
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