Mark Shuttleworth, father of the Ubuntu operating system, announced yesterday evening, October 31st, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, USA that Unity is here to stay and everyone should use it.
Ubuntu Developer Summit for Precise Pangolin, the upcoming version of the popular Ubuntu operating system is taking place these days in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Mark Shuttleworth delivered yesterday morning his usual keynote where he talked about the future of Ubuntu. He thinks that power users don't hate the new interface of the Ubuntu operating system.
"There is a bit of a myth, I think, that power users don't like/aren't interested in usability and ease-of-use. And I think that's absolutely nonsense. I think power users, developers, engineers, system administrators love ease-of-use and love simplicity and love having things just work, so they can concentrate on the pieces that they need to get done." - said Mark Shuttleworth.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, dubbed Precise Pangolin is scheduled for release on April 26th, 2012 and the Ubuntu development team will focus their efforts on making Unity better, offering a much pleasant desktop experience for every user.
In other UDS-P news, the Ubuntu Software Center will be improved and even redesigned a little, Ubuntu aims to be the perfect choice for the cloud infrastructure.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will be the 16th release of the Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu 12.04 will be a Long Term Support release and have two Alpha releases, two Beta releases and a Release Candidate.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be the first LTS release to be supported for 5 (five) years on both the Desktop and the Server editions.
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Comment #1.1 by: Say what? on 01 Nov 2011, 23:14 GMT
Unity is unpleasant. No thank you
Comment #1.2 by: Deadstevie on 02 Nov 2011, 19:55 GMT
Sorry, Ubuntu, I quit you.
I get it touch screen bla bla bla but you know what my laptop does not have a touch screen.
no sir, not happy with Ubuntu's out of the box experience anymore.
I am running windows 7 on my main and I have not had to use windows in 8 years.
Comment #1.3 by: Aslam on 03 Nov 2011, 15:49 GMT
Remember Everything comes from a dream, if there is no such dreams linux is not goin to grow beyond that 2% mark or even below, and you know what three of friends started using linux just because they saw unity in lap.
Mark is in right direction. It should have been happened years before. But later is better than never.
Comment #1.4 by: davedionl on 05 Nov 2011, 04:50 GMT
I think the project Ubuntu is great, personally I really don't like Unity more the fact that we got to search for app or if you don't want to search you got to go deeper to find a simple menu ... when I'm using Unity I feel like I'm on Android or something like that ... Android is great ... for tablet or a phone but not for my Desktop without a touch screen ...
but ... but ... I think if Ubuntu want to touch more people they got to be different from mac and windows but easy to use to, so that's why I understand why they go that way with Unity ... they want to touch more people who want to use their computer to simply navigate internet or making a word document or listening music etc etc ... simple stuff ...
And I must admit Unity is good looking :)
so ... I already moved to Debian but I certainly still install Ubuntu on my mother computer :P
Comment #1.5 by: Sandeep on 11 Dec 2011, 20:37 GMT
unity is not for everyone. just like GNOME, XFCE, KDE and the like aren't either. Personal preference will dictate which interface people will end up using and not Mr Shuttleworth regardless of his opinion on the matter
Come on, in fact it even get worse, consuming a lot of my laptop's CPU and memory resources. Not only, Chrome Web App's behavior in Unity is totally not working as in Windows after an update to GNOME 3.2.0. And what is the point to make Unity launcher bar only one bar meanwhile in Windows we can expand to two or more?? It's pain to scroll through the bar if I pinned many apps to launcher.
How does he know that Unity is for everyone? Sounds like he's sugar coating everything. I've been with Ubuntu for awhile, it was my first distro. I stopped using it as a main OS though when 11.04 came out, and FYI I'm not afraid of 'change' and did try getting used to it. It is the only OS I've used that is difficult to switch windows. I like clicking one time, not 2 or 3.
Comment #12 by: DoofusOfDeath on 02 Nov 2011, 18:15 UTC
After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10 from Ubuntu 11.04 on my laptop and having experienced how orrible (for me) Unity is, I said bye bye to Ubuntu and installed LinuxMunt with GREAT satisfaction. Never more Ubuntu!
Comment #14 by: lightweight on 02 Nov 2011, 20:22 UTC
I was a confirmed Gnome 2 user, and didn't like Unity in 11.04... now that there's no G2 in 11.10, I've tried Unity, and it's actually not too bad. Could be better, but not too bad. I've added the tint2 task bar - I think something like this, well integrated, should be available for Unity. I look forward to seeing what the Unity devs come up with as improvements for 12.04.
Comment #15 by: prshafurisit on 03 Nov 2011, 14:55 UTC
I'm using linux since 2005 ,i tryed many GUIs but Unity it's the most unintuitive i have ever seen(gnome 3 it's the same).Ubuntu 11.10 it's slow and buggy because of that,unlike Kubuntu 11.10 wich is surprinsigly fast and stable. KDE rules!!!
now, unity and gnome 3 like a windows. no change theme, no change icon and no change anything. so its not freedom..., end-users no want use console or mixed code on the system and they must be close end-user, not to Microsoft or Apple...
I also hate unity because I cannot move that panel to the bottom. And hell yeah, when you pin too many apps in launcher it is pain to scroll. Gnome 3 too sucks!!! If Marks wants to make more user for Ubuntu then he should remove the * unity and bring back those beautiful panel. But I love the Global menus of unity. So remove unity and bring back my panels!!! OK!!!
Comment #17.1 by: fr0stedfm on 05 Nov 2011, 16:28 GMT
i tried ubuntu two three times, but i felt knoppix is far better than those. knoppix with lxde can do anything even on 256mb ram. i am not at all using windows in home...
Comment #18.1 by: SabonMu on 08 Nov 2011, 06:30 GMT
I tried Unity on my Netbook, and didn't like it.
I then installed Mint 11 Lxde which gave me the Gnome desktop, light aps and rock solid feel.
I'd be tempted to Debian now as I believe in choice, maybe Mint Debian version.
"There is a bit of a myth, I think, that power users don't like/aren't interested in usability and ease-of-use." What a load of bollocks. It was easy to use before.
As per my previous, the guy is mad and obviously doesn't actually talk to 'power' users. Unity makes me want to vomit. It's useless for anyone over 3 who actually knows what they are doing. It's for noobs.
I don't mind if they have it, but at least give us a choice on install or upgrade. What about those of us with multiple monitors ? I don't want every app full screen. When I'm debugging I'm often running several terminals all at the same time.
The guy is an idiot and doesn't want to listen because he believes he is right. Oh well, Ubuntu was good for a while, but I guess its what happens when you get a dictator.
Seems like everyone is off down the Windows kiddies toy interface thing (that's crap as well). Why copy Windows ? Windows users don't don't have a choice and have to accept the what they are given. They know no better. They are TOLD it's a great thing, even if its crap, but they are so used to swallowing the marketing, and are too scared to try anything else.
I'm off to a different distro. From the looks of Distrowatch, seems like a lot of others are as well.
I've used Ubuntu since 8.04 and for the first time, I've seen that Ubuntu is no longer on the top of the list on Distrowatch.. Mint is now #1 all because of Unity. I also do not like it and have not upgraded from 11.04, using the classic option.
I have found Unity to be a major slowdown to accessing applications, other than a few that are immediately available on the launch-bar. If they are available without scolling, they are quick. If they need to be scrolled to, they are slow, and if I have to pick them through "installed applications" it is horribly slow.
I've used "Unity" primarily since starting with Ubuntu at 11.04 (natty), but have often switched to Lubuntu due to the slowness of getting to apps. For extremely common apps (in the unscrolled launch bar), Unity is no better than having a quick-launch available, so I see no benefit. Further, if I have 2 apps open that are not close to each other in the launch bar, I find scrolling the launch bar to be a slow and imprecise process. I can - of course - move the buttons in the launch bar, but then I have more difficulty finding the right thing later.
I hope (being serious, not sarcastic) that there are a few features of Unity that I'm missing that would remedy these shortfalls, but I fear that the insistence on Unity will not help Ubuntu, which is sad, because otherwise it is my preferred distro.... I may become a Linux Mint refugee...
I tried Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10, and this...this...'uhmmm...12.04 disaster. I really tried to like Unity However, 'Shuttlewart is smoking crack if he thinks that power users like this garbage. What a pompous * he's turned out to be.
Unity is the most useless program known to man. What a waste of time and effort. It's not intuitive, it's not effective, and it doesn't work.
Hidden applications are not a breakthrough.
Flickering screens are not state of the art.
Restrictions on scalability is not a resounding leap forward.
It's junk. It's free but it's still junk.
'Shuttlewart is in denial. He can't fathom the thought that his baby is dripping diaper 'schitt everywhere.
Comment #24.1 by: Widsith on 20 May 2012, 01:32 GMT
I keep hoping Unity will get better, but instead it just gets slower and buggier. I finally loaded 12.04 on one of my desktop machines and it's so slow as to be useless. I'm having to use my Debian 6 laptop with Gnome 2 to write this because Ubuntu 12.04 is too horribly slow and unresponsive to be worth the trouble of trying to start a browser.