Re: desktop customization
It's happening all through Linux, and all through computing in general. It's a part of growing up for the computer industry. You can't present the user with a massive array of options, without hurting usability and making the user feel less confident.
Originally Posted by beelzebufo
Hide the hacky tweaky options, or remove them entirely, is the name of the game. Anyone else remember the number of people who've posted in the support forum, complaining that they've been fiddling in Compizconfig Settings Manager and broken their desktop?
It's still perfectly possible to change colours and themes in Ubuntu. Install a new GTK 3 theme and it will appear in the Appearance panel. If you don't know how to install the new themes, you can use Gnome Tweak Tool.
Also I think you're blaming the wrong party. It's not Ubuntu that removed the theming options. It's Gnome. In fact, Ubuntu added the theme selector back to the Appearance panel after the Gnome developers removed it.
It's also still as easy to install a different desktop, such as XFCE or KDE, and use it on Ubuntu. A surprising number of people still think you need to install Kubuntu in order to get KDE. If you're really into tweaking, KDE will suit you better.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.