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    general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    Hi,

    I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 a couple of weeks ago. I'm still getting used to the new desktop arrangement, such as the disappearing dashboard on the lefthand side and the absence of a taskbar by default. I feel like I'm still sticking to old habits, but the ways to support them seem increasingly clunky as new usage paradigms seem to be adopted, so I had a feeling that it might help me use the desktop environment more efficiently if I learned usage patterns it was designed to support.

    I've added in tint2 to have a taskbar (and configured it to not automatically disappear), because I like being able see what open windows I have at a glance. But I wonder if doing this is just a crutch, considering it wasn't included by default. (It does seem to be useful without taking up too much screen space.)

    I usually have Chrome maximized, and I end up frequently accidentally making the dashboard appear when the mouse cursor (controlled by touchpad) wanders too far leftwards. (Various websites seem to have menulike elements on the lefthand side.)

    Is the dashboard meant to be the replacement for a taskbar, rather than just a quicklaunch panel with shortcuts to programs the user deems should be easily accessible? I can see that you can access open windows via it.

    Sorry if all of this is vague. I'm just interested in learning to adapt to the new environment instead of trying to shoehorn it into serving previous usage habits, if the new way of doing things works for me. Any ideas or links to tutorials would be appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Amanda

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    Re: general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    Jorge Castro created this guide to help users get the most out of Unity:

    http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795...guide-to-unity

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    Re: general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney9 View Post
    Jorge Castro created this guide to help users get the most out of Unity:

    http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795...guide-to-unity




    That Link is Broke try This One!
    http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795...guide-to-unity

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    Re: general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    One point to make is that this forum is not associated with Canonical and the Ubuntu developers seldom, if ever, come here. If you need help or advice about Unity, then we can help, but if you have suggestions about improving it, you should go some place where you stand a chance to be heard.

    For the dash, you can install CCSM (compizconfig-settings-manager) and from there you can make a bunch of adjustments about Unity. You can make the dash stay visible, and you can make the icons smaller.

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    Re: general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    Quote Originally Posted by runrickus View Post
    That one isn't, but the actual post is dead - since a long time, but no one seems to care, happily keeping on posting it. However, there is a copy on Ubuntu Fridge:

    http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2011/04/21/...uide-to-unity/

    Regards.

    EDIT: Oh, my bad, the reason why it's not working since a while is that it now needs JavaScripts to be allowed - really unusual for a post, imo. However, the non-script version is over there, on Ubuntu Fridge.
    Last edited by Krytarik; February 26th, 2012 at 03:18 AM. Reason: update

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    Re: general tips for making the most of the new desktop environment?

    Thanks for all of the pointers! This is definitely enough to get me started.

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