I miss the old days to be honest with you. I'm a firm believer that newer isn't always better. For example, although I love Gnome Shell, I have always preferred Gnome 1.4 to Gnome 2.X. Even all these years later, I don't enjoy working in Gnome 2 as well as I enjoy Gnome 1.
The same applies to KDE. I keep trying it to stay informed of changes to it, but the last version I could actually recommend as stable was KDE 2.2.1. I've found it completely unreliable ever since.
Even kernel updates are less reliable than they used to be. The 2.6.32 series was completely useless to me as it locked up solid immediately on loading the GUI. For the entire time I was on Lucid I had to run either the 2.6.31 Realtime kernel, at least until 2.6.35 appeared in mainline. That was the first kernel that fixed the problem. And I confirmed that it was specifically the kernel, because the issue existed on every distro I tested with the 2.6.32 kernel series.
I do agree. Thanks for sharing your opinions, and I am happy to talk to someone who had been a Linux user longer than I have. You will have to forgive me for my attitude. I will not excuse it on being tired lately I was being a jerk. :/ I have been grumpy because many people just read the title "Unity" for the desktop and just started problems. Even in more places than that thread. To be honest, I would like the see the evolution of the gnome and ubuntu desktops in a way that helps everyone. Not some fancy 3d desktop perhaps but things do have to change. I have a lot of faith in Mark to do the right thing, and thats why I am pro-unity. I would be happier if people were angry at real issues with it like yourself. We have enough issues without people spreading false ones.
I just wish more changes would be made that I could see as positive. In the past 4 releases, every time Canonical does one thing I find genuinely helpful, they follow it up with 2 that make things less useful. Two things sold me on Ubuntu initially way back in 4.10. First, it contained in the default install all of the apps that I needed to have a functional work environment with no customization needed. Pop in the CD, wait fifteen minutes and I was ready to work. Second was that it was the only distro that recognized my laptop sound "card" right out of the box. Now, every release seems to add one more thing to the list that I need to do to get to the point where I can start working. I know folks are fond of saying how easy it is to install whatever you like, but when you used to be able to install Ubuntu and start working in 15 minutes and now it takes closer to an hour, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
We agree on more than you know. I like the way the gnome shell works as well, though I have no idea where they are going with it. :/
I doubt we will agree on this, unfortunately. Unity does not feel like the way forward to me. If anything it feels very restrictive and like a step backward to me. I love Gnome Shell because it has changed my workflow in positive ways and has increased my productivity. Working in Unity makes me feel as if I've lost one arm and had the other tied behind my back.
True. I hope it works out though. Thankfully there are a lot of interesting distros. However between the shell, classic gnome 2, and unity, unity seems like the only way forward. :/
No problem, but I think you are wrong. The direction Unity has gone already sets the tone for where it will go in the future. It's also representative of the direction Ubuntu as a whole is going. For a variety of reasons, I think I and my clients will be moving to a different distro in the very near future. Ubuntu used to meet my clients needs out of the box. It just doesn't any more.
I apologize. I am perhaps stating badly what I meant, it was not my intention to make you feel that way. I really do, my only point was the current unity.. is not what to expect, and using it will probably only lead to frustration as it has for me. I admire the design though and frankly think it will offer more than the Gnome Shell when streamlined.
I was out of line, and probably just a bit confused there.