[kwlug-disc] Ubuntu 11.10

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 16 21:40:45 EDT 2011

I find your statement quite broad. I agree that there are not too many configuration tools, but that's by design. Like it or hate it. This means that it may not be for you. (It certainly does not seem to be for me) but you can always replace the Desktop manager. A Linux is a Linux is a Linux.

What I can tell you is that they are trying to make the interface consistent. Which is a long way from the eclectic interfaces in Mandriva. (e.g. graphical update tools that present the status in text form, not two tools looking alike and an organization that feels quite random). But then, It is clear that Mandriva is not for me. Not even replacing window managers asmy main complains are with the Mandriva specific utilities, not with the window manager. It feels like a distribution created by hobbyist (which is great) not by a company. Remember, they even managed to screw up the look and feel of KDE4.

In My experience working with all kinds of users, the majority of people prefer finding the same thing in the same place in different applications than configuring their graphical environment. And, while I find the Unity interface quite paternalistic, I understand Canonical's motivation.

And by the way, Workspaces by default show 4 workspaces when you click it. You can also switch workspaces with Ctrl+Alt+Arrow.

So, yes, quite limited in the configurability. but fairly consistent interface. 

Raul Suarez

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From: Gary Walsh <gwalsh at notw.ca>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2011 3:45:42 PM
Subject: [kwlug-disc] Ubuntu 11.10

Ok, I just booted the Ubuntu 11.10 from the CD on my old Thinkpad T30.
It really, really, really sucks!  I wasn't fond of past releases of
Ubuntu because of the relative lack of good graphical configuration
tools equivalent to Mandriva's Drakconf system and also because I am
more used to RPM based distros than Debian based ones.  However, I at
least found it reasonably usable.  This release has a really poor
interface.  There is an icon labelled workspaces, but it only has one
workspace and does not provide any way to add more.  When I try to
connect to my wireless router, the Connect button is greyed out even
after typing in the password.  I suppose that the Unity interface could
be tolerable on a low powered system like the one I am testing it on,
but there are better choices in window managers or distros like
Jolicloud that I have installed on this laptop.
Gary Walsh <gwalsh at notw.ca>

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