The whole point about Linux, surely, is that it gives freedom back to the user.
So what’s with Ubuntu? I got used to the buttons suddenly going on the other side of the window bar in 10.04, but this whole Unity thing now has just pushed me a bit too far.
Again, I know that you can log in using “Ubuntu Classic” but soon Gnome 2.x will be gone and where are my options then?
I tried to like Unity, but (a) it’s buggy and (b) it’s virtually unconfigurable. The menu at the top left of the screen, when you’re running at 1920 resolution and your window is in the bottom right of the screen is just madness. And those “hidden” scroll bars are driving me crazy.
Unity is clearly designed as a touch interface and for beginners. It just doesn’t work for power users. It’s a shame that Ubuntu feel they need to force it on their users instead of offering it as an option.
I was thinking about going for Linux Mint, which still has Gnome 2.x as their main desktop, but with Gnome 3.x coming how long before they make the leap? Besides, I’m too busy to re-install my machine from scratch again.
So finally I decided to run the following:
sudo apt-get install xfce4
I logged out, logged in again selecting XFCE as the desktop, and it’s made my day. Everything is configurable again, and opening a window feels really snappy. I’ve used XFCE before and am happy to see it’s always improving.
Still got those weird scrollbars, but I disabled those by running
sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar-0.1-0
and logging out and in again.