[Note added on 31 May: Ubuntu 11.04 is working well now. It is nicer than 10.10, except for the default desktop of Unity. Once I tweaked the default to legacy ubuntu, it has been working quite well.]
The current highly touted release of Ubuntu, Natty Narwhal, leaves me at a loss. So far, in about a day of floundering around, I am back to the level of a third grader. (Will my son figure this out?) Nothing makes any sense, except perhaps to either a complete neophyte or a windoze user. It beggars belief that GNU/Linux has come to this.
- ? Looked unique and interesting
- Libre Office is standard (though I eschew office apps)
- Lots of software easily installed
- Very nice installer, best ever, even downloading while one is filling in and selecting setup info. Cool. Functional timezone selector.
- As usual, the software selection is humoungous, the installs are polished, not broken, and I am used to Ubuntu doing the heavy lifting for me—otherwise, I’d be using the BEST distro—Gentoo.
- Though many packages are installed, who could find them? ESPECIALLY neophytes who might want to browse and forage.
- It takes several keystrokes to start even a terminal (F@#O$@#!!!)
- It’s impossible to intuitively set up a launcher icon
- Can’t find any way to set up window behavior
- When I finally tried Gnome3, as HOWTOed on the Inet, it was even less facile, and the install broke the default Unity interface entirely, apparently for all time.
- No panel. I started to really like panels, and I despise the Windoze model of strewing icons all over the desktop, that should be like a REAL desk—piled up with work (layers and layers of open frames).
- OS/X-like, the widgets on the window top frame are found on the top of the desktop, on a bar. Dumb.
- Frustration and anxiety.
- This is no longer the GNU/Linux I know and love, but the vision of madmen.