Last edited by monkeybrain2012; July 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 PM.
I used to love Ubuntu. Like really love Ubuntu. I loved the project idea. I loved the way it felt like it had such a strong connection to the community and just how "tangible" it was. But lately.. I don't know.
It just doesn't feel the same. I don't think it's Unity's fault. Actually, I think it probably comes down to the way Canonical has chosen to interact with the users. Maybe it's a PR fail? I don't know. All I know is, things went downhill from the point where Unity was forced down on everyone.
Right now, I'm a bit puzzled. I mean, I love how Ubuntu has grown and how there's a whole ecosystem surrounding it. And I guess to us who used Ubuntu back when everything evolved around Debian, it kind of offers a nice perspective as to how Ubuntu now has become the center of attention with its own derivatives all over the place.
But still, I think Canonical and Ubuntu has lost it's "goodguy-greg" feel it used to have.
Simple solution: Use another distro.
I moved to Kubuntu a couple years ago and havent looked back since. I still get to use Ubuntus repositories but I have complete control over my computer. Kubuntu, and I believe the other spinoffs as well, have a definite community feel about them.
I like using a dock, and I always put it on the left, so the Launcher is fine. I don't use the HUD. I use Recoll via its Lens Plugin, but make little or no use of other lenses.
I don't use the Software Center, but the number and range of applications available, often first, in Ubuntu is a real attraction.
+1 on font rendering. I also use a Mac, and for quite a while font rendering was the worst thing about Linux. I went away from Ubuntu and variants completely for a couple years, when I came back I was wowed by the fonts.
If you stare at a computer screen for a living, fonts are a big deal.
I think Lubuntu and Xubuntu now have much more Ubuntu than Ubuntu does, and that is probably where most of the 'traditional' users have gone to.
I completely agree - a few years back everyone would have flipped out if they put Amazon and Yahoo search/spyware in our OS.
Someone here said Ubuntu is a business and need to make money. I remember an Ubuntu that lived from the yearly donations by Shuttleworth, and was set out to fix Bug nr. 1 (which has been fixed apparently). Profit and business was not the priority, but community and quality software. This is sadly over.
I can't customize anything in Unity and the last two Ubuntu releases are the buggiest I have ever used.
I think some of the criticism of Canonical may be justified (like the opt-out nature of Amazon search) but others apparently are just same people having an axe to grind because Ubuntu no longer comes with their Windows 95-ish DE, keep some perspective, please.
Last edited by monkeybrain2012; July 3rd, 2013 at 10:51 PM.