News Links 02/25/2012

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  1. Dave Holden says

    Really excellent piece by Charles Hugh Smith.

    ubuntu have lost there way in my opinion, that and the mess the linux desktop as become over the last few years is seriously testing our business’s commitment to it.

    1. Edward Harrison says

      Thanks for the BBC link, by the way. I enjoyed it, Dave. On Ubuntu, I haven’t been following their desktop version though I had downloaded it a few years back. You think it’s not that great, huh?

      1. Dave Holden says

        Hi Edward,

        Yes, I feel less guilty about my apparently natural sleeping patterns now..

        Re Ubuntu: There are two main desktop environments on Linux, The Gnome Desktop and the KDE Desktop. A few years ago the KDE Desktop made a radical departure from it’s 3.x interface when it moved to it’s 4.x incarnation. That transition upset quite a few of its users, years later and only recently would I consider it stable and usable enough to recommend – but that’s just MHO. Rather than learn from this Gnome recently implemented a similar “upgrade” when they moved from their 2.x to 3.x version. As it is Ubuntu have always based their desktop on Gnome, however rather than use this new Gnome Desktop in it’s vanilla version, they’ve implemented their own shell interface and called it the Unity Desktop.

        It’s not so much that it’s not that great (although the initial version I tried was a little clunky) it’s that they’re clearly abandoning a section of there current user base. Many of which seem to moving to Linux Mint – an Ubuntu derivative.

        That said it’s clear they going after a piece of the netbook and tablet market, how successful this will be is anyone’s guess.

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