Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In just over a week, quite a large cross-section of the Ubuntu community and representatives from many free software projects and companies will gather in Orlando to map out the Precise Pangolin. Now’s the time to prepare for the event, with 11.10 out (well done everybody!) and the key infrastructure slotting into place.

Figuring out the optimal balance of goals is the work of the summit, but we can lay out some over-arching themes that have been in progress during this meta-cycle and come to their full fruition in the LTS release. We can also remind ourselves of the ways in which an LTS is different, and the impact that will have on our choices in Orlando.

Being an LTS

As Dustin pointed out, this is the fourth Ubuntu LTS release, and as such it needs to carry on, and entrench, the reputation of the LTS as a carrier-grade platform for mission-critical server deployments and large scale desktop deployments. That means:

  • Adjusting the cycle to allocate more time for resolving issues
  • Introducing minimal new infrastructure or platform-visible change
  • Goal-driven and continuously benchmarked programs of action around performance
  • First-class accessibility for those with special interaction needs
  • Enablement and certification of the sorts of hardware people will deploy at scale and in the datacenter
Rick Spencer and his team have put some thought into one of the critical challenges that LTS releases face, which is the need to support newer hardware over a longer period of time. Traditionally, Linux distributions have tried to prioritize items to backport, but that puts the stability of known-good configurations very much at risk. Rick will outline the strategy we’ll adopt for this at UDS, which I think makes the most out of the work done for every release of Ubuntu.

Carrier-grade Cloud Infrastructure and Guest

Ubuntu is the #1 OS for cloud computing, whether you measure it by the number of instances running on all the major public clouds, the number of Ubuntu-based cloud appliances, the number of public and private clouds running on Ubuntu host OS. The extraordinary diversity of the Ubuntu community, the calibre of collaboration between Ubuntu and OpenStack, and the focused efforts of Canonical to make Ubuntu useful in the cloud have all contributed to that position. In 12.04 LTS we must deliver:

  • world’s best cloud infrastructure powered by OpenStack’s corresponding major release
  • perfect support for cloud-oriented hardware from Canonical’s partner IHV’s
  • a great hybrid-cloud story, for those using a mixture of private and public clouds
  • world’s best guest OS on AWS, Rackspace and other public cloud infrastructures
A key focus is making it easy to bootstrap and manage services across public, private and hybrid clouds, and Juju charms are the magic by which we’re flattening all those cloud substrates and bringing devops practices into the Ubuntu administrator toolbox. Those who attended the recent OpenStack Summit will have caught the buzz around Juju, which brings APT-like semantics to cloud service deployments. There’s a rapidly growing collection of Juju charms which define common services and allow you to get started immediately on all the major public and private cloud infrastructures; I keep hearing how clean and easy it is to charm a new piece of software for cloud deployment so I’m sure both the number of charms and charmers will grow exponentially.
Right now Juju charms can be deployed on bare-metal farms of hardware with no virtualisation, such as Hadoop or Condor compute clusters, Amazon’s public cloud infrastructure, Ubuntu’s OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure, and on the developer workstation using LXC containers so developers can use charms locally which are then re-used by administrators deploying to the cloud. I think there are Juju contributors working on support for a few other cloud infrastructures too, it will be interesting to see what lands by 12.04.

Pangolin-worthy Server Release

We have a proud heritage from Debian which 12.04 LTS needs to celebrate and maintain; although we have some key advantages for enterprises deploying Ubuntu over Debian in our ability to enable some additional security features in the Linux kernel and toolchain, as well as support, certification and assurance, the lean-mean-green-machine nature of the Ubuntu Server experience owes much to Debian’s focus on quality and precision.

12.04 will be the first LTS to support the ARM architecture on selected ARM SoC parts. In a world where computational density is increasingly prioritized over single-thread performance, the entry of ARM to the server market is a very interesting shift. Ubuntu has established a very strong competence in ARM and I think the 12.04 LTS release will power a new generation of power-focused hardware for the data centre.

Pixel-perfect desktop

The nail-biting transitions to Unity and Gnome 3 are behind us, so this cycle is an opportunity to put perfection front and center. We have a gorgeous typeface that was designed for readability, which is now available in Light and Medium as well as Regular and Bold, and has a Mono variant as well. That’s an opportunity to work through the whole desktop interface and make sure we’re using exactly the right weight in each place, bringing the work we’ve been doing for several cycles fully into focus.

We also need to do justice to the fact that 12.04 LTS will be the preferred desktop for many of the world’s biggest Linux desktop deployments, in some cases exceeding half a million desktops in a single institution. So 12.04 is also an opportunity to ensure that our desktop is manageable at scale, that it can be locked down in the ways institutions need, and that it can be upgraded from 10.04 LTS smoothly as promised. Support for multiple monitors will improve, since that’s a common workplace requirement.

During UDS we’ll build out the list of areas for refinement, polish and ‘precisioneering’, but the theme for all of this work is one of continuous improvement; no new major infrastructure, no work on pieces which are not design-complete at the conclusion of the summit.

While there are some remaining areas we’d like to tweak the user experience, they will probably be put on hold so we can focus on polish, performance and predictability. I’d like to improve the user experience around Workspaces for power users, and we’ll publish our design work for that, but I think it would be wisest for us to defer that unless we get an early and effective contribution of that code.

It’s going to be a blast in Orlando, as UDS always manages to bring together a fantastic crowd. And it’s going to be a beautiful, memorable release of Ubuntu in April 2012!

115 Responses to “Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS”

  1. Tacco Says:

    Great Mark! We love you!

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  3. Ankit Tulsyan Says:

    cant wait :) :)

  4. satchitb Says:

    Mr. Shuttleworth, congratulations on a great Oneiric release, and here’s to an even better Precise release. Some of the things that need urgent attention, given that it will be an LTS release, are:
    1. Multiple monitor support.
    2. Greater customisability for both Unity and non-Unity components of Ubuntu. The unholy meeting of two not-very-mature systems in Unity and GNOME3 means that end users (especially non-geeks with no knowledge of ccsm and gnome-tweak) can do very little to customise Ubuntu. Also, the myriad settings such as Monitors and Appearance should all be hidden in the Dash so that System Settings remains unambiguously THE tweaking tool on Ubuntu.
    3. Perfect upgrade. Understandably, Maverick>Natty and Natty>Oneiric were iffy, given the seismic shifts they represented, but Oneiric>Precise and Lucid>Precise should be smooth and hassle-free.
    4. Easier road for developers looking to get their applications into the USC.
    5. Wider quicklist and tab badge support for applications, both defaults and popular non-defaults (such as Rhythmbox and Chromium).

  5. Melvin Garcia Says:

    I can’t wait for this release. I’ll help out however I can to improve multi monitor support. It’s been one of the things that really drive me crazy these days since I plug my laptop to my HDTV every day.

    It’s great to see so much focus on the little bad things that make out life a bit harder. Little things make the best products… or the worst products. So seeing so much focus fixing and polishing these things is really big for me.

    I would love to see a dialog asking me if I want to output sound through HDMI when connecting a TV/Monitor or receiver with HDMI sound, like the PS3 does. I would love display settings remember my monitor configurations like Windows 7 does so every time I plug my laptop it just works. That would be so perfect! :D

  6. Nathan Says:

    The Ubuntu release schedule is one of my favorite things about it. New stuff comes on a regular basis for super-enthusiasts (like us), but every release 2 years apart there is a major focus on stability. It’s putting bugs in while still remembering to fix them.

    Then, even if they don’t like the next LTS, their own is still supported for another full year. Wonderful.

  7. Martin Weißhaupt Says:

    I’m very glad that fixing bugs is a high priority for the next release!

    The Unity desktop is great but it still has a lot of bugs. I must say, that I was very sceptical when Canonical decided to write an own shell instead of going with gnome-shell but it turned out that unity was what I actually expected Gnome to be all these years. If it would be a little less buggy then it would be perfect ;-)

  8. Ole Says:

    Promising. I think 12.04 might be what is needed for me to shift from windows on my workstation and laptop. One important aspect that is probably out of your hands, but still very important to me is browsing experience in regards to plugins like flash, silverlight etc

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  10. Jon Loldrup Says:

    “I’d like to improve the user experience around Workspaces for power users, and we’ll publish our design work for that, but I think it would be wisest for us to defer that unless we get an early and effective contribution of that code.”

    – Couldn’t agree more. What we need is stability and small scale polish.

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  12. IGnatius T Foobar Says:

    Hey Mark, I’ve been an Ubuntu user since 2006, but I’m starting to wonder about the value prop of this release. Since most of us real computer users are switching our desktops over to xfce, there’s really no point in choosing Ubuntu over stock Debian anymore. What are you doing for *existing* users?

  13. Chauncellor Says:

    IGnatius: I’ve been using it for just as long and am very happy with Unity. Do you have empirical data to back up your claims or is that just your confirmation bias speaking?

    @mark: I live in Miami and I would very much like to make a trip up to Orlando and see some UDS events, maybe give you a friendly hello if I see you :). How welcome are non-developers at the event?

  14. Indian_Art Says:

    Mark, please could we have a bottom panel that can be activated
    optionally & is customizable? The Classic Desktop has its advantages
    & the user should be given a choice.

    The bottom panel like in Ubuntu 10.04 is very, very, very useful when
    dealing with 2 or 3 PDF files or 2 or 3 Writer files simultaneously
    because one can easily & quickly access these files with less clicks.
    Writer (or Word doc) or PDF files don’t get “bunched up” (like

    When one does not need the bottom panel the full screen mode of Unity
    is awesome. Then one should be able to easily hide or remove the
    bottom panel (temporarily).

    Please could you help get the bottom panel back in 12.04? Thanks.

    2nd Request:
    Now that Ubuntu has been ported so well to ARM Vodafone laptops, I request you to bring it to tablets like Aakash.

    I completely agree with you when you say “Ubuntu’s founding principle is to remove the barriers of access to computing for everyone

  15. Jorge Castro Says:

    Chauncellor, UDS is free and open to the public, feel free to drop on by!

  16. Diogo Pessôa Says:

    Thank you for the tremendous work and effort to make the Ubuntu project as a great and amazing. We are hoping to Ubuntu 12.04 to be all right, and reach near perfection!

  17. Mackenzie Says:

    I usually try to poach unhappy Ubuntu users to turn them into Kubuntu users, but I do get quite a lot saying “nah, I’m not into KDE. I think I’ll go for Xubuntu.”

  18. IGnatius T Foobar Says:

    There’s no need for bias. Every desktop Linux user I’ve conversed with on the subject is turned off by Unity/GNOME3/KDE/Apple/Microsoft’s attempts to turn desktop computers into overgrown smartphones. We want our desktops back and that’s why we went to xfce when the self-importanterati of desktop “innovation” abandoned us.

    If the Ubuntu people want to stop pissing off existing users, there should be a “desktop that actually works like a desktop” included as a TOP TIER option in Ubuntu.

    And yes, I’m perfectly happy with turning this thread into a Unity flamewar because it’s a step in the wrong direction that’s going to make Ubuntu lose its position as the premier desktop Linux. We had something good going here and you’re THROWING IT AWAY.

    It’s ironic that they named it “Unity” when it’s the source of so much divisiveness.

  19. Marco Trevisan (Treviño) Says:

    We’re ready to work Mark to get the next release really “precise”…
    See you at UDS! ;)

  20. Willie Says:

    I’ll be happy when they let us start moving things around on panels and adding applets to customize the experience. And letting me move the unity launcher would be nice :)

  21. 题叶 Says:

    People in China also hold different opinion about Unity.
    Personaly, I want to use it, for the reason the typeface and icons are fine here.
    What’s more important is that, compiz still works in Unity rather than Gnome3.
    Compiz creates multiple desktops, makes Ubuntu a broad space to place my tasks.
    Compiz means feedom to shape comstoms tof mine, that’s quite valuable.
    So I appreciate the great user interface of Ubuntu.

  22. Chauncellor Says:

    “There’s no need for bias. Every desktop Linux user I’ve conversed with on the subject….”

    I advise you to read up on the wiki article of confirmation bias as you’ve exemplified it in your first line. I also advise you to read up on the usability testing for Unity — I’m not eager to turn this into a petty flamewar. I’m just saddened that data and testing are always thought of secondhand in regards to interface.

    Since you’re bent on using inherently flawed personal experiences and observations as examples let me counter with my own: Every user (even ‘geek’ users) that I have introduced to Ubuntu has been confused with the inconsistent interfaces and non-streamlined behaviors. Remember when people raged that ctrl+alt+backspace was taken away? Multiple programs of the same functionality removed from default installs? Canonical have always been ‘taking our desktop’ away, apparently.

    I’ll say no more. I do not have the heart to squabble about this tired subject.

  23. Chauncellor Says:

    To clarify, I was referring to Ubuntu pre-unity in my experience.

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  25. haydoni Says:

    Looking forward to it! Ubuntu and Unity is coming along swimmingly.

    The two (main) things which bug me: The screen lock still matches the old gnome-login (rather than LightDM; the last bit of oldness?), and boot-speed (will we ever get back to the lightning boot-speeds of 10.04?).

    Keep up the great work.

  26. John Mills Says:

    Hello Mark,

    firstly thank you for these seven years of supporting the best OS in the world. We all owe you a debt of gratitude here. Your constant striving for improvement has served us well and continues to be a compass to point Ubuntu in to stratosphere where it is inevitably heading.

    Please do strive for consistency. Make as many applications function in the ‘same way’ as possible. Overlay scroll bars and global menu integration for all applications should be a real goal to grasp for. Strive to make the desktop as beautiful as possible. New icons would be a good start here.

    If possible try to ensure that a calendar is used with Thunderbird by default. Evolution was a decent ‘outlook’ replacement. Thunderbird in the current iteration is not. I know this is not a ‘crucial’ feature but for large enterprise deployments a task list and basic calendar is essential.

    I feel proud to show Ubuntu to colleagues and friends, long may this continue Mark. And if only one more request please strive to support the default application selection for the length of the release. I was forced to move off of 10.04 LTS because I needed the latest version of Blender and I did not want to trust 3rd party PPAs .

    Best regards and many thanks for these last 7 years on the Ubuntu train,


  27. enedene Says:

    All I can say is good luck and keep up the good work.

  28. Rubén Tomás Says:

    My hope is that 12.04 be able to manage secondary monitors in portrait mode, since currently there is no way to.
    Secondary monitor for human beings please.

  29. A Newfie Says:

    As a desktop user who is in need of a moderately recent and stable desktop, I’m happy about the plans. I’m currently on 11.04 because I have some problems related to newer hardware on Lucid.

    Ubuntu has been my favourite operating system since I switched to Gutsy back in early 2008. Even though it’s currently not perfect, I am enjoying the transition to Unity and the unique “face” that it is giving to Ubuntu and Canonical. Oneiric is a large step up from Natty and I hope it keeps going that way for Precise. Fix a few of the usability issues (hiding behaviour) and I’m sure everything will turn out fine.

    Hopefully by April AMD will have fixed the GNOME 3 issues with fglrx. With that, I’d be very happy.

    Keep up the awesome work.

  30. tk Says:

    good multidisplay support for nvidia PLEASE !!! :) can i donate this specific feature ?

  31. Jef Spaleta Says:

    Carrier Grade Cloud Infrastructure:

    1) Are you reintroducing the Image Store concept as a way to bring in revenue from guest image usage? Or has the Ubuntu Image Store concept for guest images been laid to rest? The original concept was tied very heavily with UEC, and I haven’t seen any formal discussion about its future as a Canonical service. Is it gone for good? Or is it coming back under OpenStack based Ubuntu cloud stuff?

    2) Any information on adoption of Canonical’s new Cloud services? Mark why on earth did you choose to price that stuff so inelastically? 16k a year to get service for ONE ubuntu guest running on Amazon’s cloud no matter if its 24/7 or you burst into it? This runs counter to everything that is driving the utility pricing model in the cloud. The flat rate for all-you-can-eat (up to 100 guests) usage is more like a cellphone data plan cost structure and nothing whatsoever like the utility cost structure that makes moving fluctuating demand workloads into the cloud so attractive. Do you seriously think Canonical can cut against the momentum of the utility price structure and monetize Ubuntu popularity (as the goto commodity guest OS in the cloud) and make your expenses into the cloud self-sustaining? I think that’s incredibly poor situational awareness of the business opportunity the cloud represents.

    3) Rackspace is offering managed guest services now. I fully expect every cloud provider to offer inhouse guest management services as a value-add (with utility pricing) which layer over their existing utility model for iron. It’s a natural progression up the stack into the value-add dollars. Its the sort of thing _profitable_ companies tend to do. How is Canonical going to compete with cloud providers for service dollars? What can Canonical do for Ubuntu guest OS users that Rackspace won’t be able to do? You are going to need to really hammer on your value for money story for your Cloud service dollars or else the providers are going to run all over your business model there.

    Pixel Perfect Desktop:

    So…. Do OEMs care at all about LTS releases as a special release? I’ve been watching what OEMs have been doing with Ubuntu for years now and I see absolutely no evidence that OEMs are going to sit on the LTS for longer than they do a non-LTS release in their desktop or laptop pre-installs. Why put the engineering focus on the LTS release polish so heavily when you _know_ your paying OEM services customers (the OEMs) don’t put a heavily emphasis on the LTS cycle? What is Canonical doing to better align engineering expenditures on the consumer desktop front to better serve the needs of Canonical’s OEM customers? Who is paying for the LTS emphasis? Who are Canonical’s target customerbase if not the OEMs via the OEM services group?


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  33. Tomasz Sałaciński Says:

    Way to go! Ubuntu is the first Linux distribution that is really, really user friendly. But.. I’d love to see Ubuntu on tablet. The one thing that kept me using Ubuntu is Music Store. I can buy legal music there, and when I’m doing it I know I support Linux developers. That’s actually great.

    But, as per Pixel Perfect Desktop:
    – MOST IMPORTANT – LibreOffice. GTK theming is bad. Popup menus look almost native, but outlines around text on buttons doesn’t. Also, the black bars around the ruler.. doesn’t look good. Icon theme doesn’t match desktop theme.
    – Unity minimize – this is very subjective, but sometimes windowing in Unity can be very confusing. Unity should allow (even as a setting) to minimize applications by clicking on their launcher icon (increases productivity a lot, because you don’t need to aim minimize button and/or focus the window – you could even use Super key). Right now clicking on launcher where its window is visible and has focus does absolutely NOTHING. It should minimize the window (only in that case). Users migrating from GNOME 2, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Window 7, Mac – they all expect that. This works everywhere except for Unity. It won’t break user’s experience – it can just improve it. Users who like the current design won’t even notice the difference (they won’t click on a button that does nothing). Users who don’t – they’ll approve the change.
    – Fonts – Ubuntu 11 is way too big (user that migrates from Windows thinks that Ubuntu is running in low-res). At least – there should be some kind of “Font settings” app by default.
    – Unity2D – doesn’t behave exactly as Unity3D – bold and misaligned fonts, more animations than in Unity3D. Unity 2D does’t remember if it’s maximized or not.
    – Maybe standard systray icons should be grayed out?

    Apart from that, Ubuntu is a perfect desktop right now. Can’t imagine a better one.

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  35. Alejandro Says:

    As long as multiple monitors means 3 or more, no just two.
    I recently upgraded to 11.10 and my triple monitor setup completely stopped working. I had to go back to Gnome 2.32 (downgrade to 11.04 because neither unity or Gnome3 support 3 or more monitors. And please no Xinerama, I need full hardware acceleration.

  36. Chad M. Germann Says:

    you need to take a good long look at how many clicks to navigate the dash secondly the dash is too cluttered to be useful (do we need to see applications that are not installed in the applications menu? )

    the best test for unity would be to hand a Ubuntu Laptop to a 90 year old person and see if they can use it without confusion.

    And for the Love of All that is good let us change key bindings! not every keyboard has a super key (keyboards that have this key all seem to be from the age of “who uses a computer to get work done”) and you will make me give up my IBM model M when you Pry it from my cold dead hands

  37. VIVEK KUMAR.M Says:

    Congrats Man for an exciting and most wonder fi=ull osgiven by u reaches 7 years..
    Some suggestion in 12.04
    Ubuntu 10.04 Does not support mobile broad band,
    Second issue is Over heating for the laptop due to kernel issue after 2.6.38, I used ubuntu 11.04 Due to theproblem in kernel . My life of the Battery is deadnw. Kindly look after this issue and gets corrcted before 12.04

  38. Bob Says:

    Well I would like to see Kubuntu get some polish, instead of looking like a vanilla KDE distro. Plus I had to ditch Kubuntu 11.10 due to my Epson Stylus Photo R340 printer not being auto detected, like previous releases. Cups seems to be the culprit. Seems like Cups is broken. Spent half a day trying to get it to work, with no luck. Now on PCLinuxOS 2011. If Ubuntu is trying to compete with MacOSX, it never will. Adobe supports MacOSX, with all their apps. Ubuntu and Linux in general is not a “real operating system” according to their Photoshop lead developer Chris Cox. So much for him knowing anything!. Good Luck with 12.04 LTS!. After the polish Mark, we will need some professional Photo Editing and Video Editing apps. Linux lacks these big time!. And Gimp has only 2 or 3 developers.

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    Hey! Greetings from Uruguay, one thing I think it’s really important is to improve the battery life for laptops. I just purchased a laptop that runs 9hours on its 6cell batt with windows 7, and I hate the fact that with our dear Ubuntu i can only work around for almost half of the time…


  42. Tolan Says:

    I’m not against the idea of things like Unity, or Gnome Shell, but my god it would be nice if basic functionality worked before these things were released. See also KDE4, which I tried the other day. It’s pretty usable after 4 years.

    Hello XFCE!

  43. mahiralkhoir Says:

    it will be great…. ubuntu have a lot of feature like ubuntu software center and many more. its fully different when i am using ubuntu hardy heron first…

  44. Ahmed mohamed Says:

    hello mr. mark
    how are you ?
    i wondered when you said before ubuntu 11.04 release that the unity dock won’t be removal
    because of the dash icon was in top panel

    but in ubuntu 11.10 the dash icon is in the dock now
    so it’s should be movable
    as a lot of ubuntu users want to change the position of unity dock
    what about this important simple feature ?

    i hope really you can reply me ,,, at least tell me convincing thing

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  50. Frank Maker Says:

    Looking forward to it! Can we get the resource consumption of Unity and/or Gnome 3 down so I can switch from Gnome 2? We also need to be able to add indicators like the panel applets. The only other option I see is Mate or XFCE, if XFCE it would be nice to see some serious work done to bring it up to the quality level of Unity and Gnome 3. A lot of corporations will be using this LTS so they will need a quick, responsive no glamour desktop solution. Thanks for all you do, such a great distribution!

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  53. Claus Says:

    Would be great to see full proxy-support for the desktop and all main applications (e.g. ubuntu one file sync), including fast switching of different environments (like mac) for notebooks, because nearly every company/campus does not have direct internet-access.

  54. Shannon Black Says:

    Seeing that people are mentioning the power regression in the linux kernel, I’d just like to mention that this isn’t a regression but rather a safety feature with regards to some systems that have issues with ASPM feature. I suggest adding as a default app for all laptop installs Jupiter:

    It manages various power management features.

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  56. iveand Says:

    I agree with the proposed approach to 12.04, namely to focus on stability, detail, and ability to deploy in “large scale”.

    In this line of thinking, as a “business deployment” I don’t want to have “apps available for download” in the dash when browsing applications. I need to control the installed software so don’t need this advertising there (example is for a few “shared computers” where users are casually dropping in and out). Keep the “available for download” to the software center (or at least give the option to turn it off!)

    Additionally, I really feel that opening the dash should go right to “applications”, and that the category filtering options should be displayed by default. Yes, it is fine to have files / music / photos lenses, but default needs to be “applications”! As it is now, I take a few clicks to then see 4 “most commonly used” apps, 4 “installed apps”, and 4 “apps available for download”. The 4 installed is never what I would need, so is really kind of useless. The 4 for download I have already mentioned are not wanted in some / many cases. It really seems that to “browse apps” means you NEED category filtering already on (because “browsing” 100 apps sorted alphabetically is tedium defined!).

    These are the 2 biggest tweaks off the top of my head that would make the dash friendly for “large deployments” and for “new low-computer literate users”. As it is now I struggle to explain how to find “what program do I use to do xxx” questions to new users. Intimidation is high when confronted with huge lists (and even finding the huge list takes a few clicks!).

    I think Unity is definitely going in the right direction. Lots of potential and looking better than Gnome-shell both for “power users” and “new users” (in my opinion). I always “shrink” the icon size to smallest. I don’t see the complaints about removing the desktop in place of a “tablet” interface to be valid: simply make some adjustments and then it works fine (I am on a 1680 x 1050 monitor).

    Thanks for the great work: give some tweaks as above and new and “experienced” users will all be able to follow!

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  58. Stefano Marzorati Says:

    I hope that with the new version there is full support for the new notebook with hybrid graphics card. Even today it is a shame to have a new PC that does not officially exploit the most powerful video card.

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  60. faycel Says:

    thanks Mark we trust in y ;-)

  61. me Says:

    I am looking for 12.04 LTS because that will be the key release and on that release I will decide about my future. Ubuntu? Xubuntu? Lubuntu? Some different distro? MacOSX? Win8? I write this because release Ubuntu 11.10 was not welcomed on my desktop and I think about the future of my desktop. I stopped at 11.04 and at this moment I am not sure if Ubuntu is my future…

    Mayby I miss a point, maybe Ubuntu is going to be only a perfect browser for cloud applications.

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  63. Nelson Huygen Says:

    I agree with @tolan and @ignatius t foobar

    It is very important not to alienate existing users!

    Please include xfce not as an afterthought but as a top level option. Power users do not like Unity and we will eventually flee from Ubuntu if you continue to push it on us!!

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  66. srinivas v Says:


    “The nail-biting transitions to Unity and Gnome 3 are behind us” This statement sums up how “behind” you are w.r.t the trouble, hatred, difficulty people are experiencing in going for a new learning curve. This just shows that ubuntu GNU/Linux is aiming to become a “poor man’s apple”. You are least bothered about existing users and of re-inventing the wheel just to make ubuntu and unity insperable.

  67. garry Says:

    @mark I’m very happy with the 11.10 update and look forward to the new LTS. Given what you say about polish are there any plans to repeat the ‘100 paper-cuts’ exercise or do something similar?

    @jef, @IGnutius, @srinivas: You all seem to dislike Ubuntu, which is fine and entirely your choice. What I find hard to understand, however, is your continued insistence on taking so much interest in it. Your interest never adds anything to these discussions and, from what I can tell, doesn’t make any of you any happier. I suppose what I, as a regular reader of this blog and the discussions it facilitates, would like to ask each of you is: what, specifically, is the outcome you hope to achieve with your participation here?

    If you do feel that Ubuntu’s direction is making you unhappy, I’ll share my experience with you. I don’t like Fedora because I had some problems getting it to work on my laptop and I prefer Debian-style package management. I therefore don’t spend any time looking at, or commenting on, Fedora’s development because I’ve already chosen an OS I’m happy with. If ever I become unhappy with Ubuntu I’ll find another OS, maybe even Fedora since it will have changed by then, and be happy with that. By not using products I don’t like I spend very little time getting annoyed with them. I commend this approach to you all.

  68. Daniel Newkirk Says:

    Hi Mark,
    I think you’ve nailed things exactly. Many laboratories (including my own!) in my university are using Ubuntu as their linux distribution of choice, and for good reason. Most have been using the 10.04 LTS for some time, and the added polish to the 12.04 LTS would be critical for users like us who are going to stick with a build for several years-dependability and performance are key. Thanks for all your hard work!

  69. Jef Spaleta Says:


    when have I actually said I don’t like _Ubuntu_? I target my commentary very.. _Canonical_ and how _Canonical_ is choosing to act as a business entity. I have deep concerns about Canonical’s ability to execute and to stay competitive in any market. _Canonical_ should have owned the OEM netbook space…having pushed Xandros out of the marketplace before the arrival of Win 7. But they couldn’t hold their position in the face of win 7. And in the ARM device space we see emerging now, Canonical should have been the preferred OS partner (through their involvement with Linaro for tablets) but Google has come in and brutalized Canonical’s market opportunity there. And I have grave concern about how the cloud services market is shaping up where other corporate entities are positioned to provide better value for service to support Ubuntu as part of their cloud offerings. And Canonical’s handling of the Banshee music store revenue issue also raises some concerns about Canonical’s ability to work fairly with independent application developers. None of these concerns are strictly about _Ubuntu_ _development_ but have everything to do with seeing _Ubuntu_ well managed. A profitable self-sustaining Canonical focused on customer needs, that can pay its employees and can keep the lights on for required Canonical controlled Ubuntu infrastructure is _better_ for Ubuntu than a Canonical that is continually dipping into Daddy’s wallet for an allowance. 7 years, 300+ employees, and Canonical is _still_ being managed like its a fresh faced year old startup. This is a problem.

    On the brightside, the changes to extend LTS Desktop support and align it with Canonical’s reworked service level offerings is good to see. If Canonical is going after large corporate desktop service contracts more aggressively and can turn gratis on-premise desktop deployments into multi-year Advantage service contracts that’s good.


  70. Next Version of Ubuntu Coming–Shuttleworth Dreams of Clouds | PHP World Says:

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  71. IGnatius T Foobar Says:


    I have been a devout user of Ubuntu since 2006. It is an operating system that I’ve enjoyed very much and that has done quite a lot to push forward the idea of mainstream desktop Linux.

    As such, I feel not only qualified, but *obligated* to say something about the current direction. And I do so because I *don’t* want to switch operating systems, nor do I want the momentum of the last half decade to be thrown away by Canonical’s new habit of alienating existing power users.

    This is not the voice of outsiders dispensing hatred in order to benefit a competing product or service. This is the voice of the existing user base. Alienate us at your own peril. The community has spoken: we don’t like Unity and we want you to make it optional.

  72. Bob Kovacs Says:

    Thanks to CUPS 1.5.0 I am back to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I have a Epson Stylus Photo R340 Printer (USB). Under Ubuntu 10.04 LTS my printer is detected perfectly. Under Ubuntu 11.10 it never gets detected. Even after the CUPS update. Several other of the newer Linux distros also have this problem. Kubuntu 11.10, Linux Mint 11 and Debian Editon, and also Mandriva 2011, have this newer version of CUPS and cannot detect my printer. I have filled a bug report as well as other users. This also affects Arch users. I hope this gets fixed by Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, or my Ubuntu days may be over. I don’t plan on buying a new printer. This is bad for Ubuntu and Epson.

  73. garry Says:

    @IGnatius – Thanks that’s certainly clearer. If I’m reading you correctly the purpose of your interventions is to exert pressure to downplay Unity’s place in the current Ubuntu experience. I’m probably less comfortable with you presenting that as a community consensus, however, since I think of myself as part of that community and I think Unity’s an improvement over GNOME2’s shell. That’s one anecdote against another, of course, but I think we should all avoid presenting our own opinions as community ones without data to back it up. I would also argue that Unity is already optional, since there are other Ubuntu spins for different desktops if that’s your fancy. :)

    @jef – Thanks for taking the time to reply. I realize I have no right to expect it but I’m genuinely curious and pleased that you’re engaging.

    I’m still not really clear on what you’re aiming to achieve (which is most likely me just being dim, so please bear with me!). From what you say it seems to me your goal is to offer advice that will make Canonical more profitable and, therefore, better able to develop Ubuntu. But I still don’t get what your skin in the game is. Surely, if Canonical is as poorly run as you think, the market will teach them these lessons soon enough? Sure, Mark has more money that I’m ever likely to see, but it’s nowhere near enough to keep 400 staff in multiple locations on life-support indefinitely. And, if you feel Canonical isn’t contributing to the wider free software ecosystem, presumably you wouldn’t think it much of a loss if they folded?

    It’s your energy to expend but, to explain my reasons for commenting on your comments, it seems like every time Mark posts something substantive and a discussion of that topic gets going, your comments can seem to have the effect of diverting attention away down old paths that only ever end in continued disagreement (e.g. Banshee, and yes, I’m aware of the irony that I’m doing exactly the same thing right now – last time I promise!).

  74. Jr Says:

    Ok that is nice, Ubuntu 12.04 or whatever, of coarse Ubuntu is unstoppable. But my problem is Ubuntu 11.4 worked very well on my ATI video PCs, it did work 2-D on my NV video PCs. I have not found a place to report that Ubuntu 11.10 will not work at all on my NV GTS-250 PC. I get to see a PSOD instead, (purple screen of death). I’m talking about a very capable very fast on MS AMD PC that happens to be running a GTS-250 NV graphics card. 11.10 is so messed up on the NV machine that I will not upgrade my ATI machine from 11.04 to 11.10 no matter what. Why would I take a chance on the same result as the NV machine when I have 11.04 working more than perfect on it. 11.04 on that can do more than any MS OS. I need answers. I have defended Ubuntu 11.04 to all that opposed, and I had a perfect example to show.

    Please help is Ubuntu a broken OS or is there a known NV problem, will it work good on my ATI machine, I can buy as many ATI video cards as I need to replace my NV cards if that is the problem. Is 11.04 actually damaging my PC as I type this and I am unaware until it smokes, what the heck is going on?

  75. Bill Says:

    Chauncellor: “Every user (even ‘geek’ users) that I have introduced to Ubuntu has been confused with the inconsistent interfaces and non-streamlined behaviors.”

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  77. Jose Says:

    Mark, Thank you for listening to feedback from users.

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  81. Paolo Harabaglia Says:

    I am very worried about the new trend started with Unity and 11.10 that could lead to a real disaster in 12.04. What I am mean is that I have been using computers and developing scientific programs over the last 25 years. I also use suites like LibreOffice, Firefox to access the web and get information and even read my email but that is all. The cloud and visual orientation is destroying the concept of computers. Smartphones and tablets are just games (in fact smartphones are extremely complicated if you are trying to do what their primary task should be, that is phoning). My suggestion would therefore be that of starting to think to a forking process of Ubuntu. One classical with a gnome2.3 like environment for PCs and people that uses PCs to work and one fashionable smartphone and tablet oriented for youngsters and business managers (where you can add everything so that nothing will be really useful).

  82. Bob Pendleton Says:

    You and I had words when you moved the windows controls from the left to the the right… Someone complained about the way you treat your customers and I pointed out that non-paying users are not customers….

    Well, having now seen how your vision has played out I want to say that I like it and I have changed over to using unity on on 11.10. I fount all previous version unusable because I have been using a tradition windowed desktop since the middle 1980s, but the change over to 11.10 has been nearly painless. This shows me that you have come up with a truly unique and visionary approach to a desktop.

    I want to put in my 2 cents worth of on how to make it better. The metaphor you are working with on the what do you call it? The left application bar on the left hand side, is broken in the alt-tab selection mechanism. I start or select a running application by pressing that key whose name shall not be mentioned and then pressing a number key. That is wonderful! (I’ve been using emacs since I learned it on a DEC 20.) So, alt-tab brings up a bunch of pretty pictures and I have to press alt-tab over and over to select one of them. That is a broken metaphor. To continue the metaphor alt-tab would bring up a pane of icons with numbers. There should be icons for each application and for open folders. Alt-tab brings it up, if there are more than ten open things then alt-tab goes to the second, third, … pane. An ellipsis, and/or a page number such as “2 of 5″ shows you that there are multiple panes. Space or escape or what ever is standard for Unity can close the selection pane.

    If there is more than one instance of an application then selecting it brings up a pane with icons with enough information to let you select the one you want, each with its own number, and the metaphor continues for selecting instances of applications and icons.

    What I am saying is that the break in metaphors is frustrating, and the change from an action based interface, to a “pause” based interface is confusing and, at least for me, non-intuitive. Not to mention that I keep getting the wrong application open. :-)

    I would like the same sort of thing to happen when I click on, or select by number, the application bar when I have several minimized instances of an application running. Why not pop up a vertical bar with an identifiable icon with a number in it so I can then click, or type another number to select the instance I want?

    You and your team have created a great interaction metaphor, especially great for people who like the numeric keypad more than the mouse :-), and then dropped it half done. Please consider my suggestions. I believe that a consistent application of the metaphor you have created would be a wonderful thing. Try to figure out who to apply it to the window controls. as well.

    One other problem with the interface, and one more reason to extend your metaphor is the upper left hand corner of the screen. The window controls, and the controls for many applications are in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Unity tends to make you want to run thing full screen. So, when you go for the upper left hand corner of the screen it is easy to over shoot and bring up the application bar. Some part of that corner needs to be a DMZ.

    Thanks for listening.

    Bob Pendleton

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  86. Jukka Says:

    I hope the multiple monitor support will also include improved support for multiple graphics cards.

    My work machine has two graphics cards to which I have 3 monitors attached in total. I have configured this currently to be a 3 monitor Xinerama view with which I am using XFCE for now. I would like to have a full desktop with Unity spanning these three monitors so that I could move my windows around any of them with full hardware acceleration. Hope this will happen with 12.04. :)

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  89. francesco44 Says:

    As Ignatius, Nolan, Nelson Huyghen, Paolo Harabaglia..and Linus…I appreciate the Gnome 2 desktop…This doesn’t mean that we are “against Unity”….Eventually some of us are not convinced of this new interface because the old interface suited our needs (almost) perfectly.

    I have written here my own suggestion…It would be wise to secure a “Classic” desktop with low hardware needs…especially for an LTS. I think many among us (in schools, university, research…) share that feeling.

    Please do consider that, at the world level, a lot of “old computers” will be used to power Ubuntu. And this is reliable and sustainable for the environment (preventing environmentally costly recycling).

    I blame Apple because I am unable to repair the harware of a not so old IMac 20″ still perfectly usable, I cannot find the CD to upgrade from my old 10.3.9 to 10.4…..If i want to buy these it is more than 100$…Thanksfully…Ubuntu was there to power my faithfull Thinkpads (so beautifully engineered)

    Ubuntu was also the perfect solution to equip many poor childrens of third world countries with second hand computers. Not everybody needs to use Halo and power 3D programs….Many of us can do even for high scientific needs with a pentium 3, or a core 2. Pushing up the hardware needs is not a good action socially or environmentally (event if its good for the hardware industry). I perfectly understand that a company as Canonical should look ahead…but it would be kind not to leave many of us behind….Thanks to Mark, that direction was taken by Ubuntu….Many of us in the community hope the past moral behavior of Ubuntu will still apply along the 21st century.

    So please secure….a Classic desktop….or a “low hardware” version of Ubuntu

    And congratulation for all the effort done these last month

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  95. Oli Says:

    Hi Mark!
    Just upgraded from to 10.4 to 11.10. After playing around with it for about a week I decided to install 10.4 again.
    What I most liked about Ubuntu, that it was so simple and intuitive, has disappeared with Unity and Gnome 3. One of the posts above mentions that everyone is trying to make their desktops look like a smartphone, I agree. Now I have that funny launcher on my desktop, that I can’t get rid of. In Gnome 2 I was able to make the panels disappear and reappear, fantastic. The Cairo Dock was marvelous. Yes the Dock works in Unity, but what’s the point when you can’t get rid off that annoying launcher.
    The other arguments I always used when convincing Windows users of Ubuntu was that I never have to use the search function because intuitively you always know where things are, unlike Windows. Now this bloody search function is the central function in Unity. I am seriously disappointed. Give us back our desktop please.


  96. Ubuntu 12.04:sarà pulita e performante, parola di Shuttleworth « MacLinuxLovers Says:

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  97. Nick Sharp Says:

    RE: “Support for multiple monitors will improve”

    Good, but I hope it happens in updates to 11.10 and REALLY SOON since it is vital to many who cannot wait till 12.04. Currently (2011-10-27) it’s quite messy.

  98. Shawn Says:

    Differently hope there will be better support for hybrid graphics in 12.04. A lot of computers now have them, so its a shame to see Ubuntu and other distros for that matter lagging behind other non-open OSs.

  99. Richard Says:

    It’s just so sad that the interface makes you so unproductive. Ubuntu has chosen to go with pretty UI instead of usability. I was in the xubuntu irc the other night and there were so many people like me that don’t like kde and want their old gnome back. I was able to make xfce work similarly to my old gnome 2 but still not as nice…

  100. Nelson Huygen Says:

    gnome2 simply got the job done. Clean and elegant. unfortunately gnome3 is almost as much of a disaster as Unity. Both just get in your way.

    Xfce please!

  101. Richard Says:

    I agree. I hope they realize it. it’s a real shame what they’ve done to the UI. Great in concept poor in execution.

  102. Richard Says:

    As a reference. I gave my mom the new version she’s in her 60’s and she’s been using gnome with compiz for a few years now. She was so confused and no matter how many lessons i gave her i had to get her xfce and set it up similarly. The global menu is definitely a dealbreaker for those coming from PC and older linux. Maybe there will be some mac converts but we want people to convert to linux from pc not to mac from pc. Why get linux when the mac interface is similar and more secure than pc and more apps available?

    Ubuntu used to be the middleground but now is more difficult to use than mac for converts. very sad. :(

  103. Colin Says:

    I have supported Ubuntu from the start with great enthusiasm. It released me from the upgrade cost cycle of commercial operating systems, and I loved the freedom. I mostly work with PCs, don’t game much and I do some electronics design. I have given Unity a good try, and I really wanted it to work. I’m really sorry to say this, but I found it too slow and inefficient, so I’ve gone over to Linux Mint. Mint has been fast and easy, I don’t care about bright colours and shiny effects. Sorry, but since Mint has announced it will not go with Unity, I’ve abandoned Ubuntu. I now have Mint on my work PC, and will change over my home PC soon. I’m really sorry to have to say this, but I feel totally let down. Good luck with it, Colin

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  105. francesco44 Says:

    Hello Marks, Hello everybody

    It is with a certain disappointment and sadness that I read all the commentary on this blog and many other blog. Obviously many of us left Unity for a return to the last LTS 10.04 or a conversion to Mint or or other distros.

    We all understand what the Canonical team under Mark’s Direction is trying to accomplish. This is obviously courageous….but if the efforts are made in a wrong direction (as it seems to be the case) will Marks, and the Canonical Folks can face the eventual failure and admit it?

    Although I WOULD LIKE a great success for Unity, it raises more disappointment and dissent than satisfaction.

    The diagnosis will be easy to make, not by the number of download, but by the number of regular update compares to older versions like 10.04, or other distros, like mint. There will be in these statistics an unescapable truth about failure or victory of Unity.

    As it seems so impossible to convince of a possible error so many people having produced such a enormous work and effort….we will have to wait the truth emerging from reality istself.

    As this will take at least on or two year….I prepare myself to use onlys the classic desktop (if it is still available in 12.04) or switch to Mint…waiting for the possible wake-up of Mark Shuttleworth and his team.

    With all my regret for this severe diagnosis about people I admire a lot…..but sometime, the truth is necessory.

    Certainly, up there, at Canonical they think that we are two or three old idiots or grinch flooding the blogs with our anti-Unity propaganda….I think we represent hundred thousand users….But only the future reality will tell

    All my wishes for a final “victory” of the Unity concept (but unfortunately I hardly beleive this will ever happen)

  106. Anthony Says:

    I’m not sure how much value there is in commenting – particularly after it’s been a few days, but here I go, anyhow.

    First, the common thread in all of the comments above is that we all love(d) Ubuntu. I picked Ubuntu years ago when it first started, and I’m still here with it – for good reason. Thanks for making Ubuntu what it is.

    That said, the other common thread is that Ubuntu is slowly losing it’s support for the diverse range of Gnu/Linux users that are out there. I’ve been a Kubuntu/compiz user for the past 4 years, and I’ve been disappointed with all of the breakage I’ve experienced in Kubuntu/Compiz since 10.10. (That was the last distribution for which compiz actually worked – and I’ve tested on a variety of hardware. So, I am looking forward to 12.04 exactly because the polish needs to catch up with the development work that’s gone on. I hope other people aren’t frustrated to the point where they give up, given that Pangolin looks like it will start addressing some of these concerns.

    In any case, my plea is that some of the polish that goes into Ubuntu 12.04 be spread to Kubuntu 12.04 – and that some effort is put into making sure that the changes made for Ubuntu/Unity be made with compatibility in mind. It’s been really tough watching commits be made to enhance Unity which have destroyed the ability to use compiz for those of us who don’t use it.

    I’m not going to pull out the “I’m going to switch soon” drama that I’ve seen above, ’cause I really do like Kubuntu – but I just wish I could share that love without all of the pains that Ubuntu/Unity development has inflicted on Kubuntu.

    Anyhow, thanks again – and thanks for listening.

  107. Orellana Says:

    Mark you’re smart, I’ll be quick on this suggestion / request beneficial to Ubuntu 12.04:

    1- Global Menu always visible, as this is a loss of productivity.

    These rounded top corners of the windows, when a light background or dark depending of selected theme, are serrated, please refine.

    2- I do not feel bad that comes by default Launcher on the left side ( for ubuntu identity ), but you must give the option of placing it down at least, made ​​some minor adaptations to the Dash and others to match Launcher position down and away you go. I assure you that share will rise enough Ubuntu users having this option.

    3- Debug code, optimize and increase performance by at least 60% compared to 11.10.

    4- Focus on 64-bit version above all, and for the 12.04 Put recommended the 64-bit download for home users. It´s the logical already

    5- For when DVD Rom, Put purchase CD/ DVD also available 64-bit version for home users.

    6- Translate to Spanish ( second language in the world )

    I hope to meet the first four, and last two are feasible and easy to make.

    To work hard, the effort will be rewarded in every way.

    Thanks Mark and proud of you.


  108. sibin Says:

    When it’s alpha available for testing.Which are the new features.What change on Unity theme

  109. Jonathan Says:

    As always, Thanks for doing this Mark. Giving the world a choice and an alternative, as good as Ubuntu. Its a great thing. Sure, OS is the focus now, but i also do hope that in the future some love can be given to core-apps, and also, that more and more developers feels the urge to do Linux/Ubuntu related development. Looking forward to every release. I used Ubuntu only since a couple of releases back, mostly happily:)

  110. Jonathan Says:

    Oh, and btw, Unity is the way to go, Went from sceptical, to love it!

  111. Simon Strandman Says:

    I wish you the best but this “Pixel-perfect desktop” seems unlikely to happen since unity is pretty much broken by design IMO. Unless there are plans to redesign unity but I guess that’s unlikely at this point

    For example, you are trying to force the concept of a global menu bar on applications that where never designed for one. So every application that does its own tricks to render the menu bar will be inconsistent with the rest of the desktop (unless you hack every single such application out there). And the fact that all menu operations has to pass through dbus is causing unnecessary latencies and cpu usage which is probably one reason why the global menu is slow.

    The new scrollbars has the same problem. And they break a well-known UI behavior and add visual complexity for a very slim gain in screen estate.

    The supposed advantages of designs are not good enough to justify the inconsistency, complexity and slowness.

    Also, why does the window decoration merge with the top panel when the window is maximized? From the visuals clues it looks like the network manager indicator, user switch menu, sound icon etc. are a part of the maximized application. And if you start another application it will be controlled by a menu bar that is a part of the other (maximized) application’s window. Wtf?

    There are other issues as well. I get the feeling that nobody thought things through properly before you started implementing various ideas.

    Gnome shell has its problems to but at least you can customize it with shell extensions.

  112. Craig Says:

    The nail-biting transitions to Unity and Gnome 3 are definitely NOT behind us! You have thrown out many years of research into Man Machine Interfaces, basically you’ve totally forgotten about the “Man” bit. Lovely looking as Unity may be to some, it’s lack of visual clues as to what’s going on (i.e. losing the bottom bar with minimised icons) and extra clicks to get to what you want show this. I’m very happy for you to smarten up the interface but don’t make me less productive. I’m sure it will all come home to roost big time when your half million user institutions suddenly get Unity or Gnome 3 after the lovely 10.04 LTS. Expect a serious backlash. An educational establishment may let you get away with it but commercial enterprises won’t.
    You seem to be hell-bent on forging forward listening only to the “yes men”. I’d love to see the research you’ve actually done with ex-Windows and ex-Mac users converting to Unity. Arrogance is a term used by some, I think I can see why.

  113. Miguel Says:

    Hello Mark!, thanks for your work, three petitions:

    1. Where are the windows ( When they were inactive ) with the zone transparent in the top ?, Return to them, complements the environment ! ( Only updated / adapted between quotes to the design of 12.04 )

    2. Zoom in the right down corner as Nautilus Elementary for archives & folders.

    3. Background by default more atractive, with colors blue, orange, leave this wallpaper current, create a most unique and charismatic to 12.04 LTS

    Ah! certainly, a +1000 :) to the petitions / request / suggestions of “Orellana”.

    A greeting.

  114. sibin Says:

    Unity interface is very slow in my computer.It slow in Old computers.Please lighten your new Unity Desktop interface

  115. Arthur Says:

    Good, the wallpaper by default don´t is most important, but yes is true that help, must be create for 12.04 LTS, a wallpaper original, as the of Windows 7 charismatic, but in Ubuntu, the actual wallpaper is “dizzy” and this very seen.

    Plus options of personalization in Unity, and the launcher in the bottom position as option.

    More fluent in Unity, por example; in Intel Quad Q8300, nVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 2 GB Ram, is regular, in PC´s with less potence, is poor.

    I use the 64 bits versión.

    Performance !, Performance !, Performance ! :D

    Global Menu always visible, as it is now is not logical y as said above are lost seconds add up and a is lost productivity.

    Step by step, with ambition and hard work, but without neglect

    Increased support for peripherals, printers, scanners as:

    HP Photosmart D7460 Printer & Canon Canoscan Lide90 Scanner.

    I hope this news in 12.04 LTS for productivity.

    I’m going gradually leaving OS X ;)

    Ubuntu love.

    Regards, to the Ubuntu Team and to you Mark.