Changing to Unity

Asked by cwarner7_11 on 2010-10-28

I am very concerned about the reported proposal to change the default desktop in Ubuntu to Unity. I am concerned that this is going to "break my system, since a good deal of the software I use depends on Gnome (Orca accessibility, CAELinux, other scientific analysis packages). One of the reasons I have stayed with Ubuntu for so long (since 7.04) is the fact that upgrading to the newest release is relatively painless. This appears to be a major change in direction that could have significant negative impact on the usability of Ubuntu for me. I realize that I can stay with older versions, but this will possibly limit my access to the really important applications. Will future relases of Ubuntu include a Gnome option?

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delance (olivier-delance) said : #1

For what I know, Unity is dedicated to netbook, and now to television, smartphone and devices like iPad.
For desktop and laptop, which have a good screen and both keyboard/mouse, I think Gnome will be kept.

cwarner7_11 (cwarner7-11) said : #3

Thanks Sam, that solved my question.

cwarner7_11 (cwarner7-11) said : #5

I watched your video, and I am more convinced now that Unity will bring nothing useful to my computer experience. It appears very capable for what it is designed for, but I do not see it as being appropriate for scientific and engineering applications (i.e., CAELinux, which is built on Ubuntu 10.04). The current desktop is so much more appropriate for my application. I also see significant problems with accessibility for the visually impaired- another area of particular interest of mine, in support of my less fortunate associates...