[kwlug-disc] Ubuntu 11.10

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 22:08:48 EDT 2011


You should get 4 desktops by default.

It's possible to add more:

Unity: http://askubuntu.com/questions/34572/how-can-i-reduce-or-increase-the-number-of-workspaces-in-unity
Unity 2D: http://askubuntu.com/questions/21755/how-to-add-multiple-workspaces-in-unity-2d

I like Unity (kind of a lot, actually).  But I user interface can be a
very person thing. So to each their own.

You can easily install other desktop environments in Ubuntu.   All the
major derivative distributions have a "desktop" package that you can
just install.  If you have Ubuntu and you want to try out Kubuntu,
just run `sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop` on the command line.
Linus has switched to XFCE, and if you want to join him, install
xubuntu-desktop.  Or try lubuntu-desktop for LXDE.

If you want to use Gnome Shell, it's a lot easier in 11.10. Just
install gnome-shell.

If you want to go back to the old Gnome panel interface, install
gnome-session-fallback.

You can switch between them from the login screen.

Easy!

Darcy.

On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM, Gary Walsh <gwalsh at notw.ca> wrote:
> 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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