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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    I loved Unity from the beginning.
    Now,whenever I have to use a menu navigated DE,like XFCE,that I had to install on some low end hardware,I hate to have to search for apps with the mouse.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    The most annoying feature concerning Unity (and one that could be easily remedied) is choosing apps in the lens. Why oh, why oh, why (when I type in Terminal for example) do I then have to navigate to the Terminal Icon!?! This feature is so obtuse and annoyingly easy to remedy that it alone turns me off Unity. Gnome Shell's Activities overview is far superior in this respect. Like Synapse, I can type Terminal and hit return. Done. Unity should anticipate the software that I want, like Synapse or Gnome Shell, and hightlight it. C'mon boys.
    My Unity (13.04) does not behave this way.
    I type ter in the Dash and hit enter and the terminal opens.At worst I have to use the arrow keys to navigate to another suggestion the dash offers.

    One catch that might be causing you problems with the dash,is that ,if the cursor is in the dash area the option under the cursor will automatically highlight when the dash opens.Hitting enter will open that option and not the first option your search brings up at the top left of the dash list.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    Quote Originally Posted by JPR65 View Post
    I have unity enabled.. Instead I mostly use compiz effects, cairodock, and the hud--I find that I almost never click on the unity sidebar...the only reason I still have it is because it includes the hud, which I can't get enough of.
    I agree.I remove all the apps from the launcher,except for a couple (Shutter and Nautilus) that have useful quicklists.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    Quote Originally Posted by rg4w View Post
    When I first heard about Unity I was very excited, but the initial implementation in 11.04 left me going back to 10.10. But by 11.10 I came to like it, and in 12.10 it rocks.

    The only thing I'd like to see now is a flyout menu for the desktop switcher icon so I can go directly to a specific desktop in one move rather than the two-click move I do now.

    Other than that, I'm pretty happy with Unity these days. I've even gotten over my fear of the concealed menus.
    Try setting a hot corner to show workspaces.Unity Tweak will allow you to do this.Much more convenient than the workspace launcher.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    I've gone full circle with Unity and then some. I hated it, loved it, and now I'm kind of in the middle. I like using the dash as a launcher, but it's not exactly as quick as I would like it, even with high end hardware. Every time I fire up a new install I cringe when I have to disable 'certain' lenses. Things like that should be in a separate lens altogether... not the primary lens integrated with your local files. The left bar is quite decent to use and I have no issues with it. HUD is nice, but not exactly a must-have for me. The only time I ever used it was in Gimp, but even in Gimp sometimes I'm not sure what I'm looking for and I'll spend more time blind-firing in the HUD to pick up the option I want.

    The thing I dislike about Unity is the unforeseen future. Each time Gnome comes out with a new update, it makes sense, I get it, and I enjoy it. It's simple, incredibly fast, and very integrated with many services. Unity's lens-based approach in upcoming releases is an element of concern as I really can't express how little I care about something like that. The other thing is the fact that Unity is pretty much Ubuntu only, so when I go to other distros, I have no familiar interface. Other environments are available, even the Mint-brewed Cinnamon, so I can at least get a familiar UI despite whatever distro I fire up.

    All in all, I don't despise Unity, but it's quite a few pegs beneath a handful of other environments that I prefer.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    Yeah, include me in the group that went apoplectic when the launcher/dash/Unity first appeared.... they just didn't suit me at all. I hasten to add that at that time the vast majority of my computer work centered on the mouse, and here was Dash making me lean forward from my comfy chair and make physical contact with the keyboard. I was not happy, and said so.

    In that unhappy state of mind I went looking at Gnome, Gnome Shell, whatever other gnome nomenclature the Gnome team came up with, Mint, Cinnamon, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Xfce and a partridge in a pear tree. Some of those had some drop dead spiffy features, but other aspects left me cold. Not one made me a happy camper, except Unity. Unity, atm, gives me the best "user experience" (jeez I hate that phrase), but I wish Unity had some of the Gnome aspects, and Xfce, and...

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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    I use ClassicMenu Indicator, and/or drawers, so I have a menu driven system.
    This way I can avoid using the dash and it's search driven system.

    I like the launcher bar on the left side of the screen, and I absolutly love the quicklists.
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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    I prefere XFCE but I would say Unity is a strong second for me, followed by KDE and then Gnome 3.

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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    It's getting to a point where I have to remove/disable and configure to much after a fresh install of unity.
    Just installed Linux Lite to another drive.
    Uses the xfce desktop and the speed difference is quite noticeable.

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    Re: Now that the Unity hate has cooled down, how do you feel about the WM?

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    It's getting to a point where I have to remove/disable and configure to much after a fresh install of unity.
    Yes, Ubuntu and Unity are aimed at the "average" or "typical" user who doesn't want to tailor much apart from some eye candy. In other words, the user who wants things to "just work". I'm one of those people, which is why I appreciate Ubuntu.

    If you want to tailor your system to a large degree, you indeed need a different distribution. For example, my son prefers Arch.
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