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Post  kaddy on Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:30 am

I am curious to know what people's opinions are on Ubuntu's Unity interface?

do you like it?
If not... what would you change about it? what features would you like to see?

Do you think it was a good move for ubuntu or a bad one?


let us know Wink
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  eldersnake on Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:12 pm

I'm not too sure but for some reason, and I don't know why, but I'm sort of hoping Gnome3/Gnome Shell will be better. They both seem kind of similar anyways. Maybe I've used the Shell more.

I think if Ubuntu can pull it off well people will appreciate the new interface, but if not bom

One thing I'm not sure of, will Ubuntu/Canonical keep it (Unity) for themselves? I don't use Ubuntu and don't plan on running Unity but that's something I can't quite get my head around.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  Swathe on Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:14 pm

I am probably sounding a little old fashioned but I don't likeUnity or Gnome shell so I will be sticking with the traditional Gnome desktop. If that is ditched then there is always XFCE or I will switch to a tiling window manager.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  kaddy on Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:53 pm

I agree mate. I don't like Unity either... Not in it's current state anyways........
I like Gnome-shell a little bit more than unity, but it is still featureless and useless

I repect the fact that LinuxMint is sticking to gnome-panel. They do such a great gnome implementation.......

I switched to KDE anyways...... Gnome is going down hill by the looks of it
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Re: Unity on Ubuntu

Post  jonathan on Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:07 pm

I've never used unity before but I do like how Canonical is making their OS different. I've switched to LXDE, and I like it the best for many reasons. I can't wait to see how it all turns out when Natty gets released.

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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  Mike-pccentral on Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:51 am

personally i don't like the unity interface, it seems like a children's desktop environment imo.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  Swathe on Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:51 pm

Unity has it's place, luckilu at the GDM you can choose normal Gnome for your session type afaik, and that's what I'll be doing. I am staying on 10.04 for now.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  thelolrus on Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:45 pm

Unity seems to be kinda good but I hate they're replacing the usable DE with a new and unfamiliar one.
To be honest the features don't appeal to me.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  Swathe on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:34 am

thelolrus wrote:Unity seems to be kinda good but I hate they're replacing the usable DE with a new and unfamiliar one.
To be honest the features don't appeal to me.

I agree, it does nothing for me.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  oldposdells on Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:35 pm

So I've been using Unity for the past week and after bashing it in the beginning I'm really liking it! After 160 updates it's running wayyyy better then it was. I'm not saying it's not buggy but I'm digging it. Have it on all my machines. In my opinion it is going to be kick butt in 11.10!
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  kaddy on Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:34 am

That's it! You have a different opinion to me... You are Banned and Deleted!!!


lol

cool man. I'll give it another whirl in the near future... just bugs me that the majority of the design was taken from Osx and made to look and work like shit. IMO
I may sweeten up my bitterness in the future like I have with Gnome 3. (a little) LOL Laughing
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  oldposdells on Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:40 am

Actually now that I have gotten used to the Global Menu and the bar, I'm getting really good workflow out of it. Again just my opinion.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  oldposdells on Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:57 am

GASP! I said it! Unity has good workflow! Wink
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  eldersnake on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:38 pm

Haha, good on you mate. I personally didn't like Unity and immediately thought to myself, similar to gotbletu, that it was a "craptastic mac os ripoff", but it's great that you and no doubt other people are having a good experience with it.

I'd give it another go if I could easily install it on Arch or something (it is in the AUR I think) but anyways, Gnome 3 has been pretty good for me. I can't believe how lightweight Mutter feels; it should be interesting over time to see how the Mutter vs Compiz thing plays out as they develop.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  almigi on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:09 am

I finally decided to install it on my regular computer today to see if I like it, and... much to my surprise, I really do. I'm not a fan of the default settings, but once I changed the themes a bit, installed the ccsm (compiz config settings manager) and changed some of the settings... I have a desktop that's surprisingly nice.

Now, I have waited almost three months since 11.04 was released, so I'm guessing my enjoyment is coming from the fact that several bugfixes have been applied since release...

But overall... I like it alot better then I thought I would.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  waynefoutz on Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:44 pm

almigi wrote:I finally decided to install it on my regular computer today to see if I like it, and... much to my surprise, I really do. I'm not a fan of the default settings, but once I changed the themes a bit, installed the ccsm (compiz config settings manager) and changed some of the settings... I have a desktop that's surprisingly nice.

Now, I have waited almost three months since 11.04 was released, so I'm guessing my enjoyment is coming from the fact that several bugfixes have been applied since release...

But overall... I like it alot better then I thought I would.

I still haven't gotten a look at it because my POS Dell laptop won't play nice with the new Compiz. I got the 11.10 Alpha going in Virtualbox, and got to see Unity 2D, and was less than impressed. It feels awkward and alien to me.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  dasilentlprince on Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:51 pm

almigi wrote:I finally decided to install it on my regular computer today to see if I like it, and... much to my surprise, I really do. I'm not a fan of the default settings, but once I changed the themes a bit, installed the ccsm (compiz config settings manager) and changed some of the settings... I have a desktop that's surprisingly nice.

Now, I have waited almost three months since 11.04 was released, so I'm guessing my enjoyment is coming from the fact that several bugfixes have been applied since release...

But overall... I like it alot better then I thought I would.

Yeah, it's really getting there now a lot of the big bugs have been ironed out. Unity in 11.10 will probably been fairly buggy to start with due to the switch to gnome 3 but I'm fairly confident that 12.04 is gonna be super polished and stable Very Happy

I think unity is really good, it just needs time to mature before it's ready for general use.

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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  eldersnake on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:17 pm

I like the fact Oneric Ocelot is using Gnome 3 as it's base. Unity should hopefully be quite a bit faster because of that. I've always felt Ubuntu's loaded up Gnome 2 was getting kinda sluggish but more than anything, GTK3 will be a nice welcome.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  eldersnake on Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:33 pm

Hmm so I've been running the Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 the last few days, constantly upgrading it and filing bug reports when I can to try help out. I have to admit, if Unity keeps improving the way it is, it's not too bad IMO. I could certainly live with it

Unity 2D is surprisingly nice too, it's consistent visually with Unity 3D but built completely differently. And, you can use it with Compiz or Kwin or any other window manager you like...so a fair bit of potential there. I think 11.10 will be a pretty decent release.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  waynefoutz on Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:41 pm

new computer..I'm running it now. I prefer Gnome 3, but I was getting tearing issues with the fglrx drivers. The open source drivers are adequate but still inferior, so I decided to stick with Unity for now. After a couple weeks, I don't hate it as much as initially did, but I'm a long way from falling in love with it either. I think it still needs a lot of work. I'd like to see a way to burrow through the applications menu a little faster to find the program i want to run. I think Gome 3 has it beat in that regard.












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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  waynefoutz on Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:52 pm

eldersnake wrote:Hmm so I've been running the Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 the last few days, constantly upgrading it and filing bug reports when I can to try help out. I have to admit, if Unity keeps improving the way it is, it's not too bad IMO. I could certainly live with it

Unity 2D is surprisingly nice too, it's consistent visually with Unity 3D but built completely differently. And, you can use it with Compiz or Kwin or any other window manager you like...so a fair bit of potential there. I think 11.10 will be a pretty decent release.

I'm curious to see what the next LTS version will be like.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  jonathan on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:12 am

I'd like to see a way to burrow through the applications menu a little faster to find the program i want to run.

windows + a will get you straight to your apps so you don't have to click on more apps in the menu. you can also search for programs in the search bar. that's fast enough for me, although I use launchy at the moment which I find even faster.

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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  waynefoutz on Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:37 am

For me the quickest way is going through the categories. Sometimes I may not know which application I want to use, I might have 3 of them with similar functions. You can do that with Unity, but it takes you a few mouse clicks to get there. With Gnome-shell, the categories are right up front. Gnome-shell feels cleaner and more polished as well.
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  kaddy on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:43 am

I've seen some recent improvements to the Unity interface on omgubuntu which actually looked quite good..... doubt i'll ever use Unity as my main D.E but will be interesting to try the next version Wink
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Re: Unity on ubuntu

Post  waynefoutz on Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:15 am

kaddy wrote:I've seen some recent improvements to the Unity interface on omgubuntu which actually looked quite good..... doubt i'll ever use Unity as my main D.E but will be interesting to try the next version Wink

I found a few of those, a few themes as well. This "Elementary" theme went a long way in making Unity more likeable, since it got rid of Ubuntu's trademarked purple and orange ugliness.

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I still prefer Gnome-shell, just wish they'd fix the issue with the ATI drivers.
My main beef right now with Unity is the inability to add tools like "force quit" on the top panel.
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