About a two months ago I successfully replaced Windows 7 with open source operating system. Yes, Linux. At first I was very excited about Ubuntu, which is based on Debian, but Ubuntu 11.04 release has some “improvements”. I refer to Unity, next evolutionary step in Gnome desktops aiming on touch screen devices. First impression is everything and Unity’s was bad. I really don’t like the sidebar with all stuff crowded, especially with some open programs. Navigation between open windows and guessing which icon belongs to which window has become mission impossible. I thought with some practice, I will be able to improve user experience, but the real disappointment just come. Searching for programs is clumsy and very unfriendly as you have to click a few times to reach desired icon.
After trying to make trough first steps, I decided to go back to old Gnome desktop, which was lunched with Ubuntu 10.10. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. After login with selected old X server, I noticed a few problems with graphic card. Update didn’t solve any problem, as compiz was still unstable. Unity could be interesting after some improvements and resolved stability issues, especially for tablet computers where big icons come handy.
After last experience I gave up on Ubuntu and decided to go with Linux Mint, which is actually based on Ubuntu distribution and comes with all available software for Ubuntu. After first install everything worked smoothly. All basic applications are included and much more. No need to install media codecs or word processor. For instance MP3 codecs, disc burners, Libre Office, etc. User experience is really good, as it is good first impression.
- Links 30/8/2011: Many New Linux Tablets, Thunderbird 7 Beta (techrights.org)
- Links 26/8/2011: Twenty Years of Linux Celebrated, KDE SC 5.0 Foreseen (techrights.org)
- Series: Introduction to Ubuntu Development – Part 1 (omgubuntu.co.uk)
- Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux (zdnet.com)
- Linux Mint 11 – Is it all just hype? (chedean.com)
- Five Linux Desktops That Aren’t Unity or GNOME 3 (pcworld.com)
- Ubuntu’s Next Unity Begins to Take Shape (pcworld.com)