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Time to change the penguin!

on 03/05/2011

For the past few years I’ve been running Ubuntu as my everyday OS of choice when not Gaming. And I became quite a fan, I still am! And was looking forward to the latest release 11.04 Natty Narwall with the new user interface Unity. I was excited, here Connonical (the organization behind Ubuntu) had created a new UI that seems to be made for touch screens from day one (even though its a re-engineered UI from the netbook edition). Yet after trying to use it for 2 day’s I became incredibly frustrated with it as thing’s didn’t work the way I expected. So I put this down to me not “getting” the way it work’s. but then after watching the Linux Action Show I saw that I wasn’t the only one, I held hope that I might be able to make it work the way I wanted but there are no options.

Ubuntu Logo

Ubuntu Logo

Something new

So I’ve got two choices

  1. Go back to Ubuntu 10.10 or 11.04 in classic mode.
  2. Download and try a new distribution.

For this I didn’t want to download loads of DVD ISOs and spend age’s sifting through the ok to find the good.

So I narrowed my choices down to two, openSUSE and Linux Mint. I had used openSUSE year’s ago (version 7 I think) and found it easy and well built. And Linux Mint had always been touted as Ubuntu/Debian based and just as easy to use. so I though these are most likely the better distros for me to try.

openSUSE logo

openSUSE logo

Testing times ahead

What I plan to do is install openSUSE 11.4 first and try living with it for a month then installing Mint and living with that and at the end I’ll see what distro I will use till Ubuntu make Unity better or until I feel I need to change again.

Although that might be tough since Gnome 2 is now reaching the end of its life and I am not a fan of KDE at all. So I might have to learn to love Unity (I don’t hate it) or wait and see what Gnome 3 offers.

Mint logo

Mint logo

So I will post new article to update with my findings, I’m not doing any special tests just trying to do what I would normally do in an OS. If I cant do these things then I will move on to something else.


3 responses to “Time to change the penguin!

  1. Mable says:

    I can so feel your pain. For me Unity and GNOME 3 are also a big disappointment. Currently I’m using Kubuntu and KDE for the first time and it is very good. I’m still discovering new stuff all the time and with each new discovery I like it better. Who knows maybe I will become a fan of KDE in the future.

    • I funny as well because I don’t HATE Unity or Gnome 3 they do make sense in what they are trying to achieve with more and more devices becoming touch screen the UI needs to be made usable for that and for a first release of a completely new UI it looks good. But why do we need that for a desktop OS and why does it lack the customization options that would make it work in a logical way.

  2. […] I’ve been busy and as a note to a previous post about Linux, I have not done the trial of openSuse but I did live with Linux Mint for over a month. I will give […]

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