#UnitySucks. Sorry buddy, it just ain’t working out.

*brrring* *brrring*. Today I got a call. It’s my dad.

“Hi Tim, I just had an update box pop up on our Ubuntu computer so I updated like you told me and it’s all changed. WTF?

My parents have a Lenovo Thinkcentre with Ubuntu on it. It runs very nicely and has worked really well over the last few years. They’re very comfortable with it now, running updates, using thunderbird, etc. I’ve got them over all the hurdles that typically some face moving End Users to new environments.

Then: Unity. At first I’ve not really cared. I mean, if people want to bicker about window managers, random companies, communities etc, that’s fine. They can do it, I probably won’t pay much attention.

Thinking about it, my parents were originally moved to Gnome when KDE4 turned out to be a faily version of KDE3, back in the day.

Now someone really needs to grow some balls, admit enough is enough and stop the user interface rampage. Well, I say someone needs to; Ubuntu can do what they want with their user experience as far as I’m concerned; I can’t support end users on constantly changing desktop environments like this. No, the LTS Edition is not an option. I want out, for me, and my users.

I’ve enjoyed the efforts of the Ubuntu project since 2007, it’s early marketing efforts I felt were innovative, clever, and clearly very successful. I’ve been rubbed the wrong way one too many time by what I perceive as arrogance and unfortunately, I think this is the final straw. I’m not bitter, the community is full of great people and great developers, but I don’t think I can keep on recommending it.

I love the Debian project, the community (Mao FTW), the support, the stability, the security. On servers, I’ve always recommended Debian over Ubuntu every day of the week.

I’ve not touched Debian desktops since the days of Etch, possibly Sarge, and I think it’s time to find out about migrating to Debian Squeeze desktops.

So long buddy, and bon voyage.

6 Responses to “ #UnitySucks. Sorry buddy, it just ain’t working out. ”

  1. I don’t really understand why LTS isn’t even an option to you. It seems to solve this exact problem. I consider anything but an LTS as a beta release for the next LTS (i.e: I don’t upgrade to them on things that are important for day to day use).

    • It seems to solve this exact problem.

      Fair comment. The problem is that unity etc isn’t really the only issue I have with Ubuntu. Agree with me or not,I’ve been upset progressively by things like the canonical software centre sections, server side Ubuntu One… I could go on, but I don’t want to focus one these things – those debates have been had – each side has formed an opinion, now I just think it’s time to move on.

      For me, I think the real question is: Why am I not looking at Linux Mint debian rolling release edition?

      The answer: I think I might look into it.

      • On the otherhand, from wikipedia:

        “In comparison, Linux Mint recommends not to update packages that can affect the stability of the system and recommends the use of its Backup Tool and fresh installations to upgrade computers to newer releases” – which makes sense considering how they’re doing things but seems moronic.

        No I think I’ll most comfortable with Debian.

  2. Let’s face it. Ubuntu Linux is growing up and becoming an even more sensible option for users on the desktop. And the geeks just don’t like it.

    If you get off on recompiling your kernel whenever you plug in a USB memory stick, then a version of Linux that works out of the box is probably not for you. So quit whining and go somewhere else ;-)

  3. Btw your parents should totes use Ubuntu with Unity. They never need to see a command line!

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