I've been using ubuntu for awhile now... since 7.xx ish.
I do not understand why this is turning into a touchscreen tablet operating system?
The default current features and set up, seem like they should be an add-on rather than the integral function. I realise that things change and being an upbeat OS, decisions needed to be made to keep up to date, but where is it going now?
I know I could go download linux mint, install it on all our computers, but I was really hoping it wouldn't come down to that- but that's also not the point.
Ubuntu has evolved as a desktop OS, why the sudden push to make it act like a smart phone?
I realise there are issues that prevent using gnome 2, but is that it? all out of options? I am probably one of many people, who have used and promoted ubuntu for a long time, and now I am strongly considering jumping ship to another distro. I know it's no hair off anyones back, but still I feel confused as to why this move was done.
Why couldn't there have been a "tablet" version of ubuntu, leaving the main OS version as a normal desktop with familiar functionality and navigation?
I keep reading threads all over the internet about people whining about unity, and then there's always tricks and solutions to avoid unity : I tried most of them, and got nothing but weird issues.... seems like theres always just that one more thing to get right. And then I did updates, and unity repaired and re-installed itself. After me trying every command line to get the scrollbars the normal way, title bars the normal way, etc, etc....
I just feel like its a real pity, ubuntu was doing SOOOOO great, and so many people were so comfortable with it, then this radical change that was just to much for some people.
I can't understand why they didn't just keep improving the wonderful product they had, instead, they basically said "ah **** it, let's just go wild here and do whatever. Skies the limit boys!! Ya think we can shrink the install image enough to fit on an SD card for a tablet???"
And I do feel bad complaining about a product which costs me nothing, especially considering all the work that gets put into these works of art, but I just don't feel like these newer releases are going to appeal to as many users, myself included.
I really think the main goal within the community right now should be to get the desktop running in the previous manner, providing a sense of security and familiarity to the user. If I want a sidebar, I'll look around in the software downloads for one. If I want my menu's to run like a mac computer, I'll go read how to do it. Just make sure the default session is something useable and familiar, and stable.
The default ubuntu version should ALWAYS be the familiar desktop environment!!!!!!!!!
Not everyone has a touchscreen!!!!!!!