… for human beings

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Our mission with Ubuntu is to deliver, in the cleanest, most economical and most reliable form, all the goodness that engineers love about free software to the widest possible audience (including engineers :)). We’ve known for a long time that free software is beautiful on the inside – efficient, accurate, flexible, modifiable. For the past three years, we’ve been leading the push to make free software beautiful on the outside too – easy to use, visually pleasing and exciting. That started with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and is coming to fruition in 12.04 LTS, now in beta.

For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS. It’s not ‘job done’ by any means, but it’s a milestone. Achieving that milestone has tested the courage and commitment of the Ubuntu community – we had to move from being followers and integrators, to being designers and shapers of the platform, together with upstreams who are excited to be part of that shift and passionate about bringing goodness to a wide audience. It’s right for us to design experiences and help upstreams get those experiences to be amazing, because we are closest to the user; we are the last mile, the last to touch the code, and the first to get the bug report or feedback from most users.

Thank you, to those who stood by Ubuntu, Canonical and me as we set out on this adventure. This was a big change, and in the face of change, many wilt, many panic, and some simply find that their interests lie elsewhere. That’s OK, but it brings home to me the wonderful fellowship that we have amongst those who share our values and interests – their affiliation, advocacy and support is based on something much deeper than a fad or an individualistic need, it’s based on a desire to see all of this intellectual wikipedia-for-code value unleashed to support humanity at large, from developers to data centre devops to web designers to golden-years-ganderers, serving equally the poorest and the bankers who refuse to serve them, because that’s what free software and open content and open access and level playing fields are all about.

To those of you who rolled up your sleeves and filed bugs and wrote the documentation and made the posters or the cupcakes, thank you.

You’ll be as happy to read this comment on unity-design:

I’m very serious about loving the recent changes. I think I’m a fair representative of the elderly community ………. someone who doesn’t particularly care to learn new things, but just wants things to make sense. I think we’re there! Lance

You’ll be as delighted with the coverage of Ubuntu for Android at MWC in Barcelona last week:

“one of the more eye-catching concepts being showcased”v3
“sleeker, faster, potentially more disruptive” - IT Pro Portal
“you can also use all the features of Android” - The Inquirer
“I can easily see the time when I will be carrying only my smartphone” - UnwiredView
“everything it’s been claimed to be” - Engadget
“Efficiency, for the win!” - TechCrunch
“phones that become traditional desktops have the potential to benefit from the extra processing power” - GigaOM
“This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of computing” - IntoMobile

Free software distils the smarts of those of us who care about computing, much like Wikipedia does. Today’s free software draws on the knowledge and expertise of hundreds of thousands of individuals, all over the world, all of whom helped to make this possible, just like Wikipedia. It’s only right that the benefits of that shared wisdom should accrue to everyone without charge, which is why contributing to Ubuntu is the best way to add leverage to the contributions made everywhere else, to ensure they have the biggest possible impact. It wouldn’t be right to have to pay to have a copy of Wikipedia on your desk at the office, and the same is true of the free software platform. The bits should be free, and the excellent commercial services optional. That’s what we do at Canonical and in the Ubuntu community, and that’s why we do it.

Engineers are human beings too!

We set out to refine the experience for people who use the desktop professionally, and at the same time, make it easier for the first-time user. That’s a very hard challenge. We’re not making Bob, we’re making a beautiful, easy to use LCARS ;-). We measured the state of the art in 2008 and it stank on both fronts. When we measure Ubuntu today, based on how long it takes heavy users to do things, and a first-timer to get (a different set of) things done, 12.04 LTS blows 10.04 LTS right out of the water and compares favourably with both MacOS and Windows 7. Unity today is better for both hard-core developers and first-time users than 10.04 LTS was. Hugely better.

For software developers:

  • A richer set of keyboard bindings for rapid launching, switching and window management
  • Pervasive search results in faster launching for occasional apps
  • Far less chrome in the shell than any other desktop; it gets out of your way
  • Much more subtle heuristics to tell whether you want the launcher to reveal, and to hint it’s about to
  • Integrated search presents a faster path to find any given piece of content
  • Magic window borders and the resizing scrollbar make for easier window sizing despite razor-thin visual border
  • Full screen apps can include just the window title and indicators – full screen terminal with all the shell benefits

… and many more. In 12.04 LTS, multi-monitor use cases got a first round of treatment, we will continue to refine and improve that every six months now that the core is stable and effective. But the general commentary from professionals, and software developers in particular, is “wow”. In this last round we have focused testing on more advanced users and use cases, with user journeys that include many terminal windows, and there is a measurable step up in the effectiveness of Unity in those cases. Still rough edges to be sure, even in this 12.04 release (we are not going to be able to land locally-integrated menus in time, given the freeze dates and need for focus on bug fixes) but we will SRU key items and of course continue to polish it in 12.10 onwards. We are all developers, and we all use it all the time, so this is in our interests too.

For the adventurous, who really want to be on the cutting edge, the (totally optional) HUD is our first step to a totally new kind of UI for complex apps. We’re deconstructing the traditional UI, expressing goodness from the inside out. It’s going to be a rich vein of innovation and exploration, and the main beneficiaries will be those who use computers to create amazing things, whether it’s the kernel, or movies. Yes, we are moving beyond the desktop, but we are also innovating to make the desktop itself, better.

We care about efficiency, performance, quality, reliability. So do developers and engineers. We care about beauty and ease of use – turns out most engineers and developers care about that too. I’ve had lots of hard-core engineers tell me that they “love the challenges the design team sets”, because it’s hard to make easy software, and harder to make it pixel-perfect. And lots that have switched back to Ubuntu from the MacOS because devops on Ubuntu… rock.

The hard core Linux engineers can use… anything, really. Linus is probably equally comfortable with Linux-from-scratch as with Ubuntu. But his daughter Daniela needs something that works for human beings of all shapes, sizes, colours and interests. She’s in our audience. I hope she’d love Ubuntu if she tries it. She could certainly install it for herself while Dad isn’t watching ;) Linus and other kernel hackers are our audience too, of course, but they can help himself if things get stuck. We have to shoulder the responsibility for the other 99%. That’s a really, really hard challenge – for engineers and artists alike. But we’ve made huge progress. And doing so brings much deeper meaning to the contributions of all the brilliant people that make free software, everywhere.

Again, thanks to the Ubuntu community, 500 amazing people at Canonical, the contributors to all of the free software that makes it possible, and our users.


  1. Roland Taylor says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    :( Why are you doing this?! We can’t complain and whine and bicker anymore D:!

    Lol, great work, I’m enjoying 12.04, and others are asking “what’s that you’re running?” all the time ;). Battery life sure got better too.

    Only thing I want now is the option to minimize apps by click on their launcher icon <3 ;)… /troll off

  2. bastpt says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Mark, yesterday I did upgrade my Ubuntu to 12.04 beta1. It looks nice and cool. Cheers to Ubuntu team and community. For the next version (12.10) you may consider the Linux Deepin’s Deepin Software Center, aka DSC or just inherit the UI flow at least. Ubuntu is the Future! Cheers :-)

  3. Mark Fernandes says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I am in the engineer category that you described in your blog post and I am beta testing 12.04 at the moment. Being a long time 10.04 LTS user who never upgraded due to the negative press that Unity received when it was launched in earlier versions, I treaded with great dread when I decided to jump in to the beta version of 12.04 LTS just to familiarize myself prior to the main release. and

    In brief this has my experiences so far (I continue to post updates to my twitter feed and file the automated bug reports):

    - I LOVE what you’ve done with Unity because I moved down from a 17″ to a 15″ laptop for daily use. The efficient utilization of screen real estate in Unity is TRULY REMARKABLE because its been well thought out and implemented correctly.

    - My suggestion would be when you release 12.04 to have a series of tutorial videos INCLUDED AS PART OF THE LIVE CD so users can instantly familiarize themselves on the interface. One of those tutorial videos could be for users coming in from GNOME 2.x to Unity for the first time. I spent a couple of minutes hunting on how to do upgrades included under the logout menu on taskbar or whatever its being called now :) Please also have a easy to change option to move the icons on each Window to the way that’s familar to Windows users. I know this is a sore point to many engineers like me so a simple option in the Behaviour tab of Appearance would go a long way in making the interface feel like home again.

    - Another thing that helped me when creating a dual boot (Win+Ubuntu) laptop was the help on resizing my Windows partitions which I got by reading: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoResizeWindowsPartitions

    On a personal note, I would like to say thank you and all in the Ubuntu community for taking time to make Unity more acceptable to crusty old timers like myself who already know their way around GNOME and did not want to spend time relearning things needlessly. In that regard Ubuntu Unity seems to have struck the right balance between keeping customs and practices learned over time from interacting with desktop oriented interfaces to embracing the newer mobile oriented hardware interfaces.

    Its been great to upgrade to 12.04 beta!

  4. w1ngnut says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Great work Ubuntu team!!!

  5. Nuno says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    So cool and refreshing! Thanks for the *inspiration* Mark, one of the most important things to keep pushing things forward.
    As a user, supporter and fan since 8.04, I’m really happy to see how much Ubuntu is growing.
    Congrats to you and the whole team :)

  6. Andrew Ampers Taylor says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Played with Alpha without putting it on my computer, worked a treat.

    Now in the process of downloading the beta and will implement this on my notebook right away.

    Will still wait for the final product for my office machine – although think I might be silly for waiting. But at 72, I can a little cautious.

    Alas, I also have a Netbook but have to run Windows on that as I play poker for money…

    However, I am buying the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the Tegra 3 chip as soon as it comes out, and will be downloading Ubuntu for Android for it.

    Keep up the options Mark, I never had a fear of dying before but now, I want to live to see Ubuntu become mainstream…

  7. Mirek2 says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Mark,
    I’m really happy for Ubuntu, especially excited for Ubuntu for Android, but I still have some problems with Unity.
    The biggest reservation I still have about Unity is that it’s hard to switch windows, much harder than before, harder than on any other DE I know.
    Is Ayatana working on a way to switch windows efficiently? (I remember that the first drafts of Unity included a hot-corner Exposé feature like that in Gnome Shell. Any chance of that making a comeback?)

  8. Craig says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Mark:
    I think you are doing a terrific job with ubuntu and previewing 12.04 on beta1 has shown me how well it is coming together…
    I currently run 11.10 with unity and really love the look and feel…At first i didn’t think i would like unity but it has grown on me (lol)….

    One thing though, please continue to offer more customizing options for unity and also….and PLEASE give us the option to move the unity bar to the bottom (as an OPTION not asking for it to be the default)….some of us would prefer it that way because it would feel a bit more “natural” to us (especially those with some mac experience like me and use to a dock bar on bottom)….But ALSO….with the bar on the bottom, i am sure most would want the option of making the bar smaller in width and centered on the bottom of the screen of course…

    Please consider this option….many of the community would like to have it available…and we would rather use the official option and not someone else’s “hack”….


  9. LGB says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    “Engineers are human beings too!” – I like this one :) However exactly this is what cause problems for me: first of all, “systray icons” are not so welcomed anymore but I need many apps using this, which do not have alternatives at least not in a way I use them. The problem that I’m using Unity 2D, and it seems the usual “workaround to enable systray icons” does not work at all, and some launchpad bugreports states my truth here. Also, it seems it’s hard to “enforce” my defaults (at least it’s getting harder and harder as ubuntu evolves), like I use ALT-F1 .. F8 to switch workspaces (like in the good’n’old days with text consoles), also with ALT-left/right. However it seems Unity is quite picky that I should not use “ALT” … at least I haven’t figured perfectly how I can avoid that several things happens when I want to use ALT shortcuts configured. So in nutshell: I have my defaults since over 10 years, and it seems it’s very hard to set up these settings since it’s “against the current design” as I can understand my problems. I’d love to cure this problems though. For example I’d love an appindicator stuff which acts as a systray dock in the same time, so I can “bridge” the compatibility issues with apps using (still) systray spec instead of the superior appindicators theory …

  10. Randall says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks Mark for being the inspiration and change agent that this world needs.

  11. Benjamim Góis says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    It´s we that thank you for the awesome and passionate job in opensource software. The ubuntu community is amasing.

    PS: “Please, minimize apps by click on their launcher icon” +1 :)

  12. Grahammechanical says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I been using 12.04 as my daily working install since the middle of November 2011. That is how stable Precise Pangolin already is. I haven’t used my 11.10 install very much at all. Now, on the Ubuntu Community Forum, when someone says that they have just installed 11.10, I think: “Why are you using an old version of Ubuntu?” I have been using 12.04 for so long that I forget that 11.10 is still the latest Ubuntu.

    We are beginning to see the vision but many still only see Linux on the desktop. It is only when we imagine the other places that Ubuntu can be that Unity, the Dash, the Launcher, the HUD and the other stuff begin to make sense.

    Thank you and the Ubuntu development community for the gift of Ubuntu.

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    March 5th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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  14. williambraski says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My absolute number one issue with Unity and why I do not use it: Lack of options for moving/managing the dock bar.

    In 11.10 it dodges windows, but won’t appear 100% of the time when you move to the edge. It pops up when I go to hit the browser back button, but not when my mouse is all the way to the edge. It just doesn’t work right. It’s a janky implementation.

    Two things would make this better: Option to move it, to avoid it getting in the way of controls of programs. Option to disable it, since really with alt+tab and the general design away from using the mouse, you may as well switch it off. If I need Firefox, I can hit meta and type Firefox. That’s the goal right? Why not offer a disable the dock option.

  15. Andrew says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    What about default mouse cursor?

    I always miss the window border.
    These two pixels make me crazy since my first ubuntu

    Hope you’ll be a pixel perfectionist!

  16. Job Diogenes says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I am a IT gui too,
    And since the launch of Gnome Shell and Unity, I stay using natty at my Laptop, and dur a hardware problem,
    I was forced to reinstall my Desktop.

    I think, that for my Laptop, Gnomeshell and Unity I could use after some tweaks.
    But, there some things that is really hard to me understand. Why, I couldnt change the position of dash.
    This is a very important to me, since I cant see with my left eye. Even, for people that has a normal vision.
    Options to customize your desktop is important. I cant understand why I couldnd right click on dash, to set preferences,
    like positions, size, behavior, appearence, etc.

    To launch an app that is not in the dash, I found very difficult, if you dont know the name, or if app is installed.
    I found the GnomeShell aproach a litle bit better, just because when you select applications, they show to you the groups to you choose. Of course, I dislike the same only in LEFT of GnomeShell too.

    For small screens, using all app in full screen, I found a plus in Unity.
    But, using dual monitors in extending desktop view, its a headache, for desktop and laptop use.

    I think that Unity with some small adds and changes, will stop most people dislikes, will stay Unity with the new vision, and will make people love Unity and spread.

    Some changes, that I would love to see.

    - dash preferences
    - instance counter for the icon in the dash, showing the number of instances after the second launch of one app.
    - selecting instance more easy and intuitive, without destroying the current desktop view. or better to configurable,
    for example, after click or stay a time over app icon on dash. could show small windows previews to choose, or , pop icons for each app instance, …,

    - option to show apps in group view by default,
    - option to use one upper left menu organized like was 2.3 gnome.

    - option to enable global menu, for all app, for only fullscreen app, or disable.

    That is my contribution. at the moment.

    Thanks for your work.

  17. Anhar Miah says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Every release gets closer to where I’d like to see Ubuntu be. Congrats!

    However, I suspect others will agree when I say:

    Please, please, fix the icons and those small but greatly annoying visual inconsistencies.

  18. Omer Akram says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    woot! for the LTS <3

  19. me says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I’m happy to give you another chance when 12.04 is released. I hope this time you have this thing fully baked. From what I’ve seen of it so far it’s just some lame attempt to copy the unified menu and Expose/Launchpad from OS X. I like Ubuntu, and 10.04 was (is) fantastic. So I do have high hopes for 12.04. But as far as the Unity stuff goes, I don’t see anything particularly innovative about it at all. Sorry to say that, but hey – it’s only my opinion, right?

  20. Jef Spaleta says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I know this isn’t the strongest endorsement that could be made, but I’m going to go ahead and go on record with it now.

    When I go to purchase my next smartphone I will specifically be looking for a phone with the dockable environment functionality that Ubuntu on Android is able to provide. Unfortunately I cannot put a timeframe on that purchase. I wish I could, but I have to demonstrate a need to my residential CFO. But I can say that I very much doubt I will buy a new smartphone until such functionality is available at time of purchase. If not pre-installed, then easily obtainable via the official appstore for the device.

    I do believe that this functionality is very much the future of computing and I expect it to be part of the expected capabilities of mobile devices. I sincerely hope Canonical is able to profit from this innovation. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to prove that sincerity as a paying mobile device consumer.


  21. hitaisin says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you and all ubuntu team for great work!

    p.s. I am using 12.04 64bit beta now :), first ubuntu version in which I can watch fullscreen flash videos without problems and first 64bit version in which I can install 32bit apps without problems.

  22. eduart says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    everything is coming up beautifully. more option, more polishness i am sure are on the way.
    one important thing that i am missing in ubuntu (and unfortunately not many are talking about) is a built in parental control tool.
    is a must especially for home users.
    hope u will take that in consideration.

  23. mark says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:42 pm


    Yes, a built-in parental control story would be welcome.

  24. mark says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    @Andrew – yes, that would be a neat fix – please file a bug and give us a better cursor!

  25. erniej says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    i have been loving 12.04. this is the best yet, by far. GREAT work team!!


  26. Avetik Topchyan says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Mark, sorry for off-topic (not sure to contact on this).
    Please tell your designers: Using a single [Alt] key as a shortcut for HUD in 12.04 is a very bad idea (not sure who came up with that, but please tell them). This is annoying for us multilingual human beings who come from Windows using Alt-Shift as for keyboard switching. Your design team should be more diverse. Thanks!
    By the way, can’t wait to see Ubuntu for Android available for download.

  27. mark says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 8:53 pm


    Thank you, that’s gracious and appreciated.

  28. ventrical says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Dear Mark,

    Thanks so much for investing your time in the Ubuntu Community. What you have done with Ubuntu and Canonical is so very enthusiastic and inspiring, especially for more senior pc_users. The Ubuntu experience is an exhilarating adventure. I was taken aback when I first tried Hardy Heron and especially the Assistive Technologies that developers have worked on for those of us who’s eyesight may not be as good as when we first started computing long ago. Thanks for backing those human beings up !

    I can also sense that Ubuntu had a written thread woven through it of your courageous adventure to the ISS and this gives a distinct character to Ubuntu for being more than just a collection of matrices but, rather, an exquisite tapestry. Ubuntu now as 12.04 is courageous!

    Thank you Mark.

  29. Barbie says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    @jef :-) & @mark :-) nice comments guys!!

  30. 1roxtar says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I am loving 12.04 and truly believe that it will the best Ubuntu yet. I discovered Linux through Ubuntu and have been a loyal fan, user and promoter of Ubuntu in my area. I have only one request and Precise would just be complete…Please make a way to make the Unity 2D Launcher icons re-sizable like in Unity3D. I love the 2D version, but the icons look a little too big for netbooks. Keep up the amazing work you are all doing to make Ubuntu perfect. Thank you!

  31. Shane says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hello Mark and the Ubuntu Team,

    I would just like to extend my thanks to you for releasing me from the vortex known as Microsoft. I now refuse to install Windows on my laptop and have converted most of my family and friends to Ubuntu. I am a fairly new user after installing it back in Oct 2010. Since then I have been following the development of Ubuntu. 12.04 LTS looks to be the best I have seen so far. I am loving the ideas you have behind Ubuntu for Android. I really do hope that it can make ground before some other competitors reap the reward for what is potentially the Ubuntu Communities ideas.

    My job roll is IT Manager working for a small company who could in fact benefit greatly from moving over to Ubuntu, but I am finding it extremely hard to shift the attention of the Ubuntu on to the company stakeholders. Do have any tips, though I think I have tried everyone in this known universe.

    Great work Mark, you have changed my life. ‘The best things in life are in fact free’ :)

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    March 5th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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  33. Shane says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Forgot to ask for a request for 12.10, how about adding some sleek transitions/animations when pressing the super key for the dash to have it slide out rather than now you see me, now you don’t. Add a touch of class for what Ubuntu is.

    I know it doesn’t add value, but bling is all the rage these days. Bling sells :)

  34. Lance says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Wow, I was quoted by Mark! I was quite serious when I said, “I’m very serious about loving the recent changes. I think I’m a fair representative of the elderly community ………. someone who doesn’t particularly care to learn new things, but just wants things to make sense. I think we’re there!”.

    Many of the most confusing elements of Unity have now become optional and out-of-box behavior just makes sense. If I don’t know what app I’m searching for I can just as easily search by function in most cases.

    And Unity now learns me as I learn it, this is “history” on an entirely new level! I’m still not so sure about HUD, but there again HUD and I need to learn each other.

    I’ve loved Ubuntu since Gutsy but I had doubts about Unity in the beginning. No doubts any longer, we’re there baby! And for those who simply refuse to accept the change I’ll be writing a new “classic” guide as I did for Oneiric.

    Kudos to Mark and the entire Canonical/Ubuntu team.

  35. Amstram says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “Please, please, please, let me get what i want” :p just allow me to move the launcher to the bottom. Please.

  36. shane says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I have been testing ubuntu DEVELOPMENT versions for as long as I can remember but I haven’t actually used a final, stable release for quite some time.

    I always feel that there is something not quite right or more to the point, I always feel like I have to change the way I work to suit it.
    For the past few years I have used KDE (Kubuntu) because it is/was the ONLY OS I could MAKE to work the way I want.
    In recent times I have changed the way I work quite a bit and it has actually given me MORE freedom.
    Nowadays I want an OS that I can jump straight into without any fuss and one that works WITH me, instead of me MAKING it work FOR me.

    Over the past few months I have been testing a few different OS’s and environments with very different interfaces:
    Windows 7, iOS, Android (mobile, tablet and x86 on laptop), KDE, Gnome 3, Chrome OS, Windows 8 preview and of course Ubuntu/Unity.

    Of all those interfaces, I have to say ubuntu 12.04 is the most suited for me.
    With the exception of Android on touch devices, unity is the easiest to get into and get working but more than anything else, unity feels the most NATURAL to work with.
    And it is exactly that reason why I will be finally switching to ubuntu/Unity as my main OS with the 12.04 final release.

    It’s certainly not perfect, I have plenty of issues and niggles, mostly with some of the design choices (in particular the removal of DODGE WINDOWS!!). But when the dodge windows removal is the biggest gripe I have, I think I can say unity has come a long way indeed.
    I’m not a unity hater or a unity lover, just someone who wants the best desktop experience for me.

    On a side-note (ie off-topic) I can I just say…?
    Dump the LIM idea and simply integrate the menus into the window titlebar directly.
    The menu would be hidden until you mouse-over the window title, EXACTLY how it works with the global menu in the menubar.
    Should please most people, visually pleasing, just as easy to use as visible menus and avoids some of the annoyances of using a global menu but without the ugliness old style boring menus.
    I’m suprised nobody has thought of it before :)

  37. Casey says: (permalink)
    March 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    My impression of the last few releases:
    * De-emphasis on usability in order to push out new features not ready for prime time.
    * Decreasing functionality and increased bugs regarding keyboard shortcuts, and re-assignment.
    * Decrease in stability of desktop/unity and firefox
    * Increased problems with suspend-to-ram

    Regarding stability issues, I think this release is make or break for me. I really hope it really is a marked improvement over 11.10.

  38. Paul Sladen says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Avetik: The problem isn’t the use of Alt <tap> per-se, but that false positives are currently being picked up by the current heuristics when a half-keypress occurs during the Alt sequence. The bug report is: Bug #923410 (“HUD – closing a window with Alt+F4 opens HUD aswell” + dups)—Gord Allott is currently working on it, and I also had a look over it today in order to try and summarise the current status.

    Would you be able to subscribe to the bug report above, and help assist with narrowing down some of the remaining undesirable situations? This would allow it to be improved before the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 is released.

  39. Mark Shuttleworth: Thanks to the Ubuntu community says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:30 am

    [...] Mark: For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS. It’s not ‘job done’ by any means, but it’s a milestone. Achieving that milestone has tested the courage and commitment of the Ubuntu community – we had to move from being followers and integrators, to being designers and shapers of the platform, together with upstreams who are excited to be part of that shift and passionate about bringing goodness to a wide audience. It’s right for us to design experiences and help upstreams get those experiences to be amazing, because we are closest to the user; we are the last mile, the last to touch the code, and the first to get the bug report or feedback from most users. [...]

  40. iheartubuntu.com says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Hello Mark! Greetings from sunny Southern California!

    I cant believe how quick time flies. I have been using Ubuntu since late 2006. I finally made the move to Unity as I had been holding out for a while on 10.10. The early versions of Unity kept me at bay. Im running 11.10 on my main system and 12.04 on my laptop right now. I am enjoying Unity so far. I was worried of “adapting”, of learning a whole new OS again, but that wasnt the case. All is great.

    Ive converted a lot of people to Ubuntu over the years and now Im beginning the task of helping them move to Unity. Im finding out a 78 year old retired mayor of a city here in SoCal (population 50k) upgraded his Ubuntu to Natty and on to Oneiric without any problems. This guy always told me that his WinOS computer controlled him. Now he is in charge of his system (and proud of it). My sister, brother and father all use Ubuntu exclusively and recently updated to 11.10 with Unity and love it as well.

    My two inputs…

    #1 – Make it easier to pin items to the launcher. Right now I have to install the “main menu” app, add items to the list, find it in the dash, open it, and then dock it to the launcher. Not a major priority, but still would be niceto make it easier to add stuff. For example pinning a favorite radio station (stream) to Unity launcher I use the process above and also insert “totem” before the stream name. It works, but having it intuitive of just placing the stream on the launcher and knowing what to do with it would be awesome. Same for docking a website as well. Some people I know have exactly 3 or 4 websites they go to… and thats it. Dragging a web address to the launcher and having it scrape the websites favicon would be awesome.

    #2 – Boot up time. I know I know. Lots going on with Unity right now as well as the other new stuff like Ubuntu TV, for Android, etc. I know. But I can remember waaaaaay back how boot up time and speed were a priority and that priority doesnt seem to be there anymore. People want that “instant on” and frankly for me it would be a bragging right and selling point for switching someone to Ubuntu. I think it was way back in Jaunty I remember the push for speeding up boot time. Seems like a while ago when talking in terms of release names :) Right now I use “suspend” on my systems when I dont want the wait time of booting up from scratch.

    Would love to hear back from you. Thank you for all you have done over the years! Very much appreciated!

    Best Regards, Dave / iheartubuntu

  41. Jonathan says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:31 am

    keep ön doing the cool stuff Mark! splendid work!

  42. Benjamin Kerensa says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:18 am


    Thanks for your investment and Canonical’s investments to the Ubuntu Community and the financial backing. I applaud whomever at Canonical decided to launch the web ad campaign right before LTS and I really hope that ad campaign will be doubled down on shortly after LTS.

    If we are to fix Bug #1 on Launchpad I think we need to double down in our efforts to advocate for Ubuntu and Open Source and the biggest thanks you can give us (the community of volunteers) is to continue to equip us with the resources to carryout our mission in our communities across the globe.

  43. kurkosdr says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Is Ubuntu still making software vendor’s life hard by changing the API every now and then? If then, i don’t care about the UI, count me out (because no developer is going to make software for Ubuntu).

  44. Avetik Topchyan says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:05 am


    >> … but that false positives
    >> are currently being picked up
    >> by the current heuristics when
    >> a half-keypress occurs during
    >> the Alt sequence…

    Read this passage a few times, sorry, I can’t understand what you are saying.
    All that this poor user complained about is the sudden annoying behavior of his Alt key in Unity.
    To disable this user has to be knowledgeable enough to understand what “Compiz” is, how to install it (and why Settings app does not allow him to change it?), then install it, find a cure and fix it. You are asking a lot from a person who is not expected to be technical.

    The whole goal of Ubuntu was to make Linux user friendly, right?.. So make it already. With each change you introduce think of non-technical people that are out there. Every time you create such annoyance you immediately lose hundreds of your users.

    Bottom line: pressing [Alt] alone should not open any experimental feature, such as HUD.

  45. Mark says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:06 am


    As someone who’s looking to get away from Windows a friend recommend Ubuntu to me.

    I tried the stable release at the weekend and liked it, but there’s still some things that require me to manually edit config files – such as making a permanent shortcut on the desktop for a network share (why can’t i click in the file explorer and set a shortcut from there?) that put me off.

    I’m hoping that this release makes cases like this go away so that newbies like me can also enjoy Ubuntu.

    I’m looking forward to trying it out. :)

  46. dominik says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Yes, I do like the path Ubuntu is going. I honestly think (and I don’t consider myself as a fan boy of anything) that Ubuntu is the best OS out there at the moment. Best OS in terms of concept, design and philosophy.

    Of course there are many users struggling with hardware incompatibilities, especially graphic cards. that’s a big issue with unity and it’s a shame when the good concept gets destroyed by slow graphic drivers.

    but anyway, keep up the good work and most importantly keep being brave and innovative!

  47. Марк Шатлворт считает релиз Ubuntu 12.04 большой победой | PROUBUNTU says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

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  48. Menús integrados no serán parte de Ubuntu 12.04; HUD se incluye en Unity 2D says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    [...] que quedaban pendientes por corregir.Menús integrados localmenteAun con ello, Mark Shuttleworth, termina con las especulaciones y dice que esta vez, LMI, no será parte de Ubuntu 12.04 debido a que precisamente requiere más [...]

  49. Xan says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Just like Nokia Canonical had their burning platform moment. I am expecting this release to be the one that will be standard on all our PC:s from now on. The typing function cannot fail, can it?

  50. Brian says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Today I tried to display my presentation using LCD projector, and I found that Ubuntu keeps the promise of working on multi monitor feature. Something that I’ve never had before to have full screen with perfect resolution for my laptop screen and the other perfect resolution for the projector. I consider this as a prove that Ubuntu is going better. I have strong feeling about this. I wish this 12.04 will stay with me reliably for 5 years ahead. Thank You to Ubuntu Community and Team, specially for Ubuntu’s founder.

  51. Links 6/3/2012: Rejecting a New Mac and Vista 8; Linux 3.3 RC6 is Out | Techrights says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    [...] … for human beings For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS. It’s not ‘job done’ by any means, but it’s a milestone. Achieving that milestone has tested the courage and commitment of the Ubuntu community – we had to move from being followers and integrators, to being designers and shapers of the platform, together with upstreams who are excited to be part of that shift and passionate about bringing goodness to a wide audience. It’s right for us to design experiences and help upstreams get those experiences to be amazing, because we are closest to the user; we are the last mile, the last to touch the code, and the first to get the bug report or feedback from most users. [...]

  52. The Ogre says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Sad to see you devolve into marketing speak in order to defend this tablet UI of yours. :(

  53. Tomasz Sałaciński says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm


    I am not using Ubuntu, because Unity’s design is good only to watch a movie, get email, chat and browse webistes, it’s not suitable for any professional work (~40 windows – mostly terminals – open? No click-launcher-to-minimize kills productivity, gnome-shell does it a lot better) or games (WINE + Compiz doesn’t work well).

    But I really appreciate what you’re doing to open source community. Application indicators, music store, ubuntu one – this is what Open Source needs. Keep it up!

  54. John M says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hello Mark,

    Firstly I want to say that I am not trolling in this post because I have some criticisms I want to make. But this is only because I use Ubuntu every day and I feel heavily invested in it.

    The progress and innovation you discuss here is very encouraging but there are glaring issues that still are manifest in 12.04 right now. Let me just ask how is the consistency coming along? Is the Libre Office global menu finally integrated? How about the overlay scroll bars in Firefox? Is there still the push for the ‘precise’ and consistent user interface across the default application selection that has been promised for the last two release?

    There has been a huge push for quality and this has built up expectations (perhaps unreasonably). I just hope that the hype meets the product and it doesn’t come back to haunt Canonical. Yes there is some very nice progress, but to call the release ‘Precise’ when arguably the two most used applications (Firefox and Libre Office) are not consistent with the look and feel of the rest the desktop is border line crazy. And because this is an LTS release it will remain like this for the next 5 years, or is there plans to retroactively fix this with a point release?

    Do we or do we not have a note taking application as default now? Has it been decided if Tomboy is being replaced by anything else now Mono has been ripped out of Ubuntu? What is happening with the extra 50 MB of space available that was promised at the last UDS? How about using this for a short Video tutorial that explains what Ubuntu and FOSS is and perhaps offers to setup your Ubuntu one, Gwibber and mail accounts and perhaps gives an overview how Unity works for new users? A nice easy tutorial would prove a godsend for millions of people not familiar with Ubuntu. In the old Linspire there used to be something like this. Perhaps 2 Megabytes could also be spared for the Ubuntu manual to be available by default in documents folder?

    One of my biggest issues with this release is the removal of Tomboy, it is such fantastic software and I am sad that it has been ripped out of Ubuntu to please the Mono haters. I just can’t see it as being a size issue now. Couldn’t it of been replaced by Gnote at least? Both Windows and OSX have a default note taking application installed out the box. I do realise Ubuntu does not have to use one for one software equivalents to its competitors but it really is such a basic and arguable essential addition to the OS especially given how well it works with Ubuntu one.

    Undoubtedly the 12.04 release looks prettier than its predecessor but has less useful applications installed by default. Why was a calendar never installed in Thunderbird… This was talked about in the specification for Thunderbird when Evolution was removed from the default install? Something like this would be ideal for sinking your Android telephone and Google accounts with.

    Again I am no trolling but a lot of people are going to be looking at the 12.04 release and comparing against the forth coming OS X and Windows 8 releases. As a community we can almost accomplish anything and we have strengths our competitors will never have. We just need to focus on areas that add real value to the product and help promote that all important first impression to the millions of new users that will experience Ubuntu through this coming release.

  55. Leonard says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I am a student admin for a lab used by Electrical Engineering students, who is tasked with deciding whether using Unity is the way to go for the next upgrade cycle coming June. I love unity and I really hope 12.04 fixes bugs more than anything. The first thing the students want is ccsm and thats like the number 1 breaker of Unity. I am leaning towards KDE cause of the bugs, but depending on how 12.04 goes, we’ll see.

  56. pavolzetor says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I must say thank you Mark, to give me opportunity to use ubuntu and change my life

  57. Ashwani says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Hello Mark,

    Frankly I started using Linux as noobs. Like many other I used to like Linux Mint, since it works out of the box. Then after using it for sometime and learning more about Linux, I realzed that many distros are using Ubuntu as base. It had to happen that why not try Ubuntu directly. Frankly, I tried 11.10 but at that time did not like Unity. I don’nt have any hitch in saying I am not that expert that i can mold Unity according to my need, like other advance users. But after reading more and more about Ubuntu, I started keeping my eyes on the development of 12.04 and its features. I am now using Ubuntu 12.04 beta 1 (in Vb). Tried 12.04 alpha also, but could not able to use it properly (my mistake). I have to say that Unity has come a long way from 11.10. Speed and response is much better even in VB. It has almost reached the point where it can become perfect. But then again, its up to users some like it, some don’nt. For making it more better some suggestion would be from my side (newbie):-

    > As one user said above clicking on launcher for minimizing the application and showing it again would be of great help.
    > On right clicking on ‘Dash’ it shows application, files & folders etc., which can also be accessed through ‘Home Folder’ on launcher. The purpose at ‘Dash’ on right clicking is not solved. If on right clicking it shows all older menu options like accessories, media, internet, graphics etc, and on clicking it shows the applications, the problem for many users like me will be solved, and it may save some extra clicking.
    > Extra clicking : If I want to see my internet or system applications etc., first I have to click on dash, then second icon at the bottom (with home icon), then on filter results and then on the desired section. This problem can be solved, by my second suggestion, or if on first clicking on dash, if it also starts showing accessories, system etc. on the right side (as it shows after three clicking), it may be of great help and would definitely make Unity much better.

    Well these are only suggestions. I would request that please listen to the users as an message or impression is going on that you don’nt listen to the users. I know every users wish can’nt be implemented, but if there is some constructive suggestion, it should be accepted. Its just a request.

    In the last, right now I am enjoying 12.04 although its in beta. Tried to report some bugs, but I am not an expert, so sometime leave them in the middle.

    Best regards/ Ashwani

  58. Ubuntu Linux 12.04 One-Ups Windows and Mac, Shuttleworth Says | Install Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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  59. ventrical says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    From Ventrical:
    To leave out http://www.ubuntuforums.com from the installer slideshow is like peanut butter without jam, salt without pepper! We, the ubuntuforum community, spend tireless, selfless hours scouring the internet looking for fixes and patches and statistics, crunching numbers and surrendering our machines to the rocket exhaust as which we know is Ubuntu, downloading endless daily installs and .iso files often paying high dollars for usage out of our own pockets which is even difficult in this global economy, and yet , we do it with joy, with zeal and with an endless ethusiasm to make Ubuntu, not just better, but ‘the best’!!
    If Ubuntu and Canonical cannot consider itself the best OS for human beings in the world today then they should honestly get out of the buisness. We at Ubuntuforums are the best! We work the hardest, we are adventurers and experimenters and white hatted hackers (and a few black hats too) . We are bold in our assumptions and quick to render workarounds. We do not put bugs to sleep, we awaken them and renew them and we resolve them, even against all odds from the steeled repositories, we take the tempest on… even when there is immense difficulty and endless lines of code, we do not become despondent but , rather, continue to take on the new problems always with renewed introspection and regards.
    I would hope Ubuntu and Canonical would return those same regards to it testers, it’s beloved newbies and all the members at Ubuntuforums.org.
    Kindest Regards,

  60. Duncan Murray says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Great stuff! Glad to see Ubuntu regaining some of its momentum again. I’m currently enjoying 10.04, but will look seriously into 12.04. I hope unity eventually outclasses gnome-2, because it doesn’t look like gnome-3 is going to…

  61. Don Cosner (exploder) says: (permalink)
    March 6th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Unity is re-inventing the desktop and more, much better than putting a new coat of paint on a Windows 95 type of interface. It’s my opinion that Unity has all of the potential to put Linux in the mainstream. I was very impressed seeing the full Ubuntu desktop on an Android phone and the television interface was equally impressive. It is a very smart move, not putting all the eggs in one basket and it demonstrates some creative thinking towards the future. It is really nice to see open source making some headway and in the end, all Linux users will benefit. I am looking forward to the final release of Ubuntu 12.04 and have been enjoying the development cycle very much. I am also looking forward to seeing Unity evolve. I like the fresh ideas I am seeing and it is the key to success.

  62. Doug says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    hello all

    Firstly im still in on which way to go with the unity as i like the old Gnome 2 version as to me it gave me more scope on what i wanted in a Operating systen to where i can have it set the way i like it

    Now it seems to me that its getting more like a Windows system and it seems that the people are telling me that i have to do it this way but i realise they are trying to keep use safe from from all the bad things on the net but isnt that a choice of the end user and how he wants setup

    like when the choice of running as Root was taken away from the normal user or made hard to implement

    i always thought that any linux was supposed to be “for human being” but to me that is slowly been taken away for “Human being do as i tell you”

    i realise im only 1 man with a opinion but i have been using linux way back sine the redhat days when it was all text and have seen many changes

    Keep up the good work as i will still use ubuntu


  63. Charles Craig says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:37 am


    Thank you for making Ubuntu available to all! I have been using and enjoying Ubuntu since version 7.10 and I recently installed 12.04, which runs nearly perfectly. I must admit that at first I was not a big fan of Unity, but as I have used it over time, I have come to greatly like and appreciate it and now prefer it over Windows and Mac OS X desktops.

    Also, I just wanted to say that the Ubuntu on Android idea is brilliant and I see a huge potential there. Best wishes to you and keep up the excellent work!

  64. Ubuntu Linux 12.04 One-Ups Windows and Mac, Shuttleworth Says - Do It With Your PC says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:46 am

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  65. Daeng Bo says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 5:21 am


    I really appreciate what you’re doing with Ubuntu, giving it a driving purpose and all. I’m excited about throwing Ubuntu TV onto one of these ARM/USB/HDMI sticks that are fairly popular right now and getting Ubuntu on my next phone.

    These projects all use Unity 2D, though, which uses QT, while the premier Unity 3D desktop uses Compiz and is fairly GTK dependent. Why don’t you ditch the two code bases and just move everything over to QT for 12.10? I’m sure your life would be easier.

    You’d even have the opportunity to develop some awesome flagship apps in QT.

  66. Chris says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Windows 8 Metro interface sucks. It is slowing bringing the death of Desktop pcs.

    You need to try a campaign to get those users who don’t like the Metro interface to use Ubuntu.

    Run a campaign with Metro UI in mind


  67. Robert Ford says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve got to be honest in that I’m coming to the Ubuntu world quite late compared to a lot of the people who have been giving you feedback on the latest developments to reach an even wider audience. What has been attracting me to learn even more and contribute to the open source momentum is pretty much summed up in the third paragraph of your blog post. Reading this, the intention of your message, was truly an inspiring moment for me as I also believe in the positive impact this work can have in the world. This is what is attracting me to the community, and I’d like to relay to folks that have been in it a while that the effects of your efforts are still quite palpable and fresh, even if you work through the “work” of it everyday.

    That said, thanks to you all for what you are doing, and thank you Mark for putting your efforts into such a positive vision of the future. It is working.


    Robert Ford

  68. Nowinki Informatyczne » Blog Archive » Ubuntu 12.04 to przełom dla systemu firmy Canonical » Nowinki Informatyczne says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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  69. Srinivas V says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    @Mark, Hi. Been a long time since i posted on your blog. I would like to bring to your notice the following issues.

    1. Can U improve your relationships with the GNOME group(devs and the community)
    2. I would re-iterate that you should run behind the corporate world for the “financial” aims which u had with GNU/Linux
    3. The desktop and the mobile world is nearly saturated. You are late for both the worlds.
    4. Ur “GNU/Linux for human beings” philosophy does not hold for running Ur Ubuntu on Damn Costly “Dual core” phones/tablets. Instead I would suggest you should invest in the OLPC project and come out with a “real” low cost “computing” device.
    5. U not allowing Ubuntu to run on the Raspberry pie calls for a “Boo”
    6. I dont know whose desktop U want to occupy or reclaim. I would love to know ur target audience, who would upgrade their OS and see that it will result in some or the other issues.

    Thanx for your continued interest(financial) in GNU/Linux. I wish u the greatest returns.

  70. Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu 12.04 beta | ZDNet says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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  71. ac1234555 says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I have used Unity since 11.04. At the beginning, I did not like it because it is troublesome when switching between windows (i.e. applications). Later I found out the way to unhide the launcher, then I start to enjoy using Unity.

    IMO, Unity should make unhide launcher a default.

  72. Mark Shuttleworth speaks about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS | Mobilespedia says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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  73. Ubuntu 12.04 to przełom dla systemu firmy Canonical | Adam Grzankowski says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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  74. Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta | Linux eGuides says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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  75. Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu 12.04 beta | Install Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

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  76. Ubunt 12.04 - pour LIM il faudra attendre la 12.10 | Le Libriste says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

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  77. tonygambi says: (permalink)
    March 7th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I started using Ubuntu a couple of years ago and slowly have replace my old XP for your OS.,thank you ,Thank you THANK YOU.

  78. Ale Feltes says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Well said Mr. Shuttleworth! I must confess that I am a critic of Unity, since 11.04, but your words in this post, had helped me decide to give it another chance in 12.04. I have a virtual machine with 12.04, for 1 month now, and I use it at least 30 minutes daily for browing and check out my twitter, but with the “old” gnome-session-fallback; I’ve reported several bugs already. I’m using Ubuntu since 4.10, big fan of the quality of the product and releases every 6 months; yes, I am an engineer, but not so human being :) gadgets in trayicon or multiple panels in multiple monitors, and taskbar are things I can’t hardly live without, but I promise to give a new try to Unitiy, when it comes with the final release of 12.04. FYI 11.10 was the first Ubuntu version I did not install on the first week of its launch, I’m currently using Linux Mint, I decided to give it a try after the removal of Gnome Classic from Ubuntu’s desktop, I found out about fallback mode a little too late. Thank you for changing the way normal people sees Linux, and for making us, the geek ones, more comfortable.

  79. Otávio Sampaio says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Mark, I should say I am thrilled. After being a long time Conectiva User, I became an Ubuntu User almost 7 years ago, with Ubuntu 5.04 launch. It made finally switch from Windows to Linux and I never get back. Windows is/was fine. Ubuntu was productive.

    I thank you for that. You and this fabulous team and community.

    Keep moving! I’ll stick with you guys.

    Kind regards,


  80. Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta | Install Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 7:25 am

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  81. mark says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    @act1234555 we did, in 12.04 :)

  82. Ubuntu 12.04 to przełom dla systemu firmy Canonical | digiFakt.pl says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 9:55 am

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  83. shane says: (permalink)
    March 8th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Well I did add what I thought was a very positive post a couple of days ago but was deleted or caught by that Akismet thing.

    I was using ubuntu in one form or another since Hoary Hedgehog. Since Unity came along I have moved to other ubuntu flavours, mainly Kubuntu.
    Not that I hate Unity, quite the opposite, I think it is the way forward but just never feels ready for me.
    Everytime it does finally feel ready, some odd design change is made which completely sours it and I stick with KDE for another release.

    once again I have been testing the dev release and Unity feels the most natural to use, for the most part but doesn’t feel “right”.

    Over the past year or so I have changed the way I use my desktop. My needs have changed a lot and Unity is probably the most fitting thing for them.

    Unfortunately, like I said I think some strange changes are made at times dodge and it isn’t just choices that have been made but what might be made in the future.
    Am I going to be in constant cycle of getting used to something only for it to be drastically altered or changed and having to get used to something different every single release?
    It feels like it is only geared to appealing to the new user and you are only a new user for one release.

    I am at a big crossroads at the moment and not sure if I can continue with linux. If I do it will be with Unity/ubuntu but will that be because it is the best choice for me or because it is the least worst?
    Either way, this next release will probably decide if my future stays with linux for another 10 years or finally moves me away from it.

    My biggest piece of advice to you would be to use dev releases for making decisions as to what goes in to ubuntu/unity and stick with it.
    Don’t put things into a final release only to take them out a release or two later. It just alienates many people but hey, if you get a new user for every user you lose, what does it matter?