People who write software are in the same position as other creative people. They make something and hope other people will like it. That's all they can do.
No more reason exists for *one* interface to satisfy all computer users than a reason exists for one novel, or one movie, or one piece of music, to satisfy everyone. Do you read a book, decide it is *the* book, and conclude you need to read no more books, and that anyone reading another book is making a grave mistake?
Why is the ability to stack up panels and cluttering them with indicator icons (how many do one use really?) is essential to customization, while being able to access applications and files quickly is not??
How am I able to switch and pick desktop smoothly in lxde and xfce? Yes, install compiz, but Unity comes with compiz already (and compiz on lxde can be glitchy because of desktop manager conflicts)
I think when we speak about customization, a set of use cases and scenarios is implied, there is no absolute standard. Unity lacks customization only for things certain people do which are not very compatible with its goal and work flow. likewise xfce, lxde and kde have their own design logic and they are not very customizable for use cases that don't conform to it.
Kde may be very customizable in terms of panels, gadgets etc. But it is very hard to customize what you install because its design is not modular (nepomuk?? Why installing okular in gnome pulls in nepomuk?? this is just one example), and it is not very easy to change theme (strange things happen in Firefox search boxes and certain gtk applications if you use a dark theme, e.g) BTW, the abundance of options also makes kde very buggy. Last I checked with Fedora 19 many of the plasma widgets didn't even work.
Edited: I also find that the desire to "customize" ,at least for me, is directly proportional to my dislike of the default. So I spend very little time to customize unity, but a lot on kde and find it inflexible despite the many options (because, you see I was trying to do things contrary to kde's design goal so customizing in those ways was awkward, the options are only for those who accept the premise of the kde way)
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I didn't even want to get into a Unity hate argument. My only point was innocently that part of the draw of Linux has always been customization, and Unity doesn't allow for much of that. That's all. Thankfully Linux, itself, still allows for a lot of choice.
What i was saying is that unity can be customized in most ways (except moving it's location on the screen) by default now and even more options are available through the tweak app..as i said earlier...what else would you want to do with it that would make any sense? It's a dock..it has icons that you click on to open apps...it has a search function to locates stuff...if you don't like a dock centric way of doing things, then the answer is not to try to tear unity apart and make it something else...you then simply use one of the alternate desktops...
So, bottom line is, you use unity desktop if you like it...and if you don't, you use something else...no amount of what you call "customizing" is going to make it work differently then it already does...
As was pointed out, even with say, kde...sure you can customize but you can't really change the basic STRUCTURE of how the environment works...
Kubuntu has a slab menu and a lower panel....so does mint's cinnamon..they doesn't change because you do customizations and tweaks on them...they still operate in the same manner...
Then you might argue...well i can't throw whatever icons i wanted on the unity panel or move it to the bottom...well, that's because it is set up to be best optimized as a top panel, left side dock bar and auto search on top left..and as for adding apps to the top panel, well that is what the dock is for....c'mon...have some logic here...:rolleyes:
Actually in Kubuntu you can get rid of the slab menu and use homerun which kind of looks like the dash, but its functions are very limited in comparison and it is a third party application that needs to be compiled from source for most KDE distros (it has a ppa for Kubuntu) But try to change themes in KDE, many dark themes break gtk and Firefox and there has been a bug report on KDE's page for several years but has not been really fixed (there are some work arounds but all hits and misses) Now changing theme is a very basic customization I think.
Sorry guys. I'm glad we have so many choices even within Ubuntu. Everyone has the ability to be happy.
Exactly forrestcupp...unity is really set up in the maximized way already, so there really isn't anything to be changed (other then the minor preference tweaks if one prefers to use of which i use several as i mentioned before)...so if you like it like as i do...you use it and if not, then you use something else...
That way, everyone is a happy ubuntu-ite ;)