First Look at Ubuntu’s Unity Interface
Wow. This is NOT your usual interface. If your accustomed to accessing: Applications/Places/System. That’s all gone. Instead what you find are cryptic icons on the left side of the screen. Some of them you can make out, but others require you to hover over the icon to identify it.
The interface is VERY much like the Apple ipad. I.E. no multi-tasking here. I am used to opening up several instances of the terminal window to do various things. That’s gone. Like the ipad, You can only run one task occurrence at a time. And you can’t do anything to an application, except close it (X). Maximise and Minimise don’t work at all. So why have them as an option, if they don’t do anything? Task switching? NO!
And customisations. Nope, not here!
If you are like me, and accustomed to the buttons on the right side, this usually does the trick:
gconftool-2 --set "/apps/metacity/general/button_layout"
--type string "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
Nope, no way to customise the windows. It’s on the left, like it or not. Want a custom background? Not going to happen. Want to display military time, instead of AM/PM. Nope, that’s gone too!
I tried to install the ubuntu-desktop, in hopes that I’d get an option at login time. Whew it installed great! But when it came to login time, I didn’t have a choice. I was stuck with Unity like it or not. Choice is not a bad thing.
I realise that Mark Shuttleworth is trying to create the same user experience on all platforms, but removing choice options from the user, is not the optimal solution for all of us. Needless to say, Unity did NOT stay on my Netbook very long. I am installing the regular desktop edition on my Netbook, as I type this article.