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arvevans
June 17th, 2012, 09:39 PM
With recent dummying-down of Ubuntu by converting it to a cell-phone OS, we have lost a great deal of the functionality and ease of use that was always the mainstay of Ubuntu Linux.

There is still need for a more open and stronger version of Ubuntu, but it seems that there is no move in that direction at Ubuntu itself. This leads to the possibility for other vendors, or a new vendor, to take the last open and flexible version of Ubuntu (maybe Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10) and move forward with this as a replacement OS for those who need direct icon and menu access to "all" the software, and who can not make effective use of a few large-format icons which lead to a very limited set of functions.

Not all the blame for this dummying-down of Ubuntu rests on Unity and Ubuntu developers. Part of the problem is Gnome's rush to cell-phone graphics and screen controls. Seems that many of the world's programmers have become fascinated with small-screen oriented operation as an alternative to big-screen openness and flexibility.

Small-screen focus is a follow-the-money approach, but in the end it may decrease Linux apparent functionality and flexibility for those who need it to be a workhorse system for accomplishing serious tasks and projects.

Linux users, developers, and publications have applied huge amounts of time and money toward making Linux equal-to, and then better-than, Microsoft systems. Why throw that away now by converting normal screen or large screen applications and window management to the small-screen format, and in the process losing what we have worked toward, fought for, and accomplished over the past few years?

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June 17th, 2012, 09:44 PM
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Paqman
June 17th, 2012, 09:44 PM
You don't have to use Ubuntu. If you don't like it, there are other distros that might suit you.

kevinmchapman
June 17th, 2012, 09:58 PM
How novel! Another whine about Unity.


Why throw that away now by converting normal screen or large screen applications and window management to the small-screen format, and in the process losing what we have worked toward, fought for, and accomplished over the past few years?

Just out of curiousity, what have you personally "worked toward, fought for, and accomplished over the past few years" that is now invalidated?

jockyburns
June 17th, 2012, 10:44 PM
Somehow, I just can't see 12.04 LTS working on a phone (no matter how smart it is).
:lolflag::lolflag::lolflag::lolflag::lolflag:

nothingspecial
June 17th, 2012, 10:47 PM
I think we'll leave this one here.