Regular readers will know of my contempt for Ubuntu Linux‘s standard “Unity” interface. Sadly I could find no simple way to transition to the Mint distro (which keeps Ubuntu’s simplicity but ditches the abomination that is Unity) and so thought I had no choice but to live with it. But, bluntly, Unity was making the… Read More Saving a computer with Xfce
Well, I sat down and thought this was going to be easy, but it has taken me three hours to work the maths of a smaller inner wheel rolling around inside a large outer wheel: mainly because for the first two of those I neglected the basic insight that the inner wheel rolls in the… Read More The maths of the spirograph… with the drawings
Admittedly this is a “focus group of one” but returning home from some weeks away, the other half says “you know the way my computer works now?” Me: “oh, Unity?” Her: “Yes. Well, it’s ****. Can you get rid of it?” Me: “I thought you said you liked it?” Her: “That was before I had… Read More The more people use “Unity” the less they like it
The first half of this blog’s title was a search string that took someone here. I tend to agree. So is there a way to seamlessly switch to Mint? I don’t have a separate /home partition so the route that most people seem to recommend is blocked to me. I think there used to be… Read More “bye bye ubuntu you suck now” – so how can I switch to Mint?
OK, after a week of 11.10 I thought I’d list some of the problems and what to do about them. It’s not happy reading – I think it is fair to say Canonical have dropped the ball on this one. Unity – this is the joke Ubuntu think we should be using as a desktop… Read More Ubuntu annoyances and some fixes
I have now upgraded the laptop on which this is being typed to Ubuntu 11.10 and there were a few problems and issues: The upgrade killed the wireless connection and then failed (late on) because it could not download the Adobe Flash installer – but it was late enough in the upgrade process to allow… Read More Upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10 and getting rid of “Unity”
The conclusion in Linux Format magazine is that, yes, it is. It’s still the most popular distro, but the gap has closed with Mint (which offers Ubuntu-Done-Right I suppose) and Fedora. Five years ago I was a Fedora user but then they issued a release that oopsed on booting, so I had no choice but… Read More Is Ubuntu in decline?