Re: A place for general feedback?
When people first come to Linux, often they have few expectations about its customization abilities. When they are still newbs and see what other people can do, they get into customisation in a big way. When they've been using Linux for a few years, they're just "meh" and stick mostly with the defaults.
Originally Posted by Tamlynmac
Well, that's my experience. I used to love messing with Compiz and trying different desktops, now I'm just happy with regular Unity and the Ambiance theme. Until a couple of months ago I even had the default wallpaper, and I've only just changed to Radiance for a change.
I also use the stock launcher on Cyanogenmod on my phone, too. Before trying Cyanogenmod, I used to put all sorts of different launchers and widgets on my phone. Now I've settled down.
Computing everywhere seems to be going more into a settled-down, mature phase. Toward the beginning of heavier-than-air flying machines, there were a lot of different designs for aeroplanes that were tried; biplanes, triplanes, quadriplanes; pusher propellers, different airframe materials, different methods of changing the aerodynamics of the wing.
Now that flying technology has matured, there have been few radical new aircraft designs. They all operate basically on the same lines now.
It's the same with computing; customisation is not the big virtue it once was, it's been overtaken by consistency.
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.