Witchbutter wrote:Personally, having been a linux user since 1999, I have been ecstatic to hear of all of Ubuntu's announcements in 2012 & 2013, so much so that i intend to get an Ubuntu phone as soon as it is officially released, and I would say reviewing the phone prior to 1.0 is hasty. However I will also say, even with the snappy Unity desktop in 13.04, i have never been able get used to working a whole day in Ubuntu. After recently trying out Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Kubuntu , Mint 14 and 13.04, I eventually get frustrated and go back to my favorite distro: Fedora with Cinnamon. Fedora is consistently cutting edge and more stable for my own workflow, and i look forward to the inclusion of a Juju rpm repo.
Rhakios wrote:Perhaps they want to have both the gritty, unglamorous back-end and the shiny, sexy front-end. Or cloud servers and portable clients (tablets, smartphones), as seems to be the current fashion.
guy wrote:What I don't understand is, given Canonical's big push to monetise Ubuntu by pushing hard in corporate server space, why introduce a touchy-feely UI tailored for consumer toys? I mean, sure the average sysadmin still prides themselves on opening a shell and bashing away (sic), but the desktop UI gets pretty well used for things like corporate comms, timesheets and so forth and Unity is just not the tool for the job.
Have Canonical made the same mistake as Microsoft, aiming to provide a common UI for both desktop and pocket? Apple didn't make that mistake, Google didn't and everybody else trying to do Linux for Mobile is finding the same thing.
Witchbutter wrote:To suggest that Unity or Mir as a design decision has caused Ubuntu to "lose it" is ignorant of the desktop space as a whole. I believe Ubuntu has chosen Unity in attempt to gain much broader adoption than linux has ever seen in desktops, tablets and phone platform
Witchbutter wrote:Several forward thinking moves by Canonical reveal this motive: Steam on linux directly supports Ubuntu, ... These are all design decisions not intended to compete with other linux distributions, but .. to take more users away from Microsoft.
Witchbutter wrote:The real issue Unity intends to overcome is the ease of use problem that the linux desktop has always had. Long time users of linux desktop like me already know that the linux desktop is great, but new users are easily frustrated by a week or more of configuration after install to get their PCs to behave in terms of graphics.
Witchbutter wrote:Also, users now expect a much snappier interface similar to their phones or even Windows 8
Witchbutter wrote:As well, X is a horror to work with if you have a real problem and are a brand new linux user. Mir aims to overcome the problem by thinking outside the paradigms of the X server.
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