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posted by Fnord666 on Friday June 30 2017, @02:56PM   Printer-friendly
from the unity-was-so-cumberbatch dept.

Ubuntu's Unity interface is gone, which means there's one less desktop to choose from in Linux-land. And while dozens remain to choose from, Unity was one of the most polished out there. Many will miss its detail and design.

One of the desktops that is nearly as well polished, and therefore worth Unity fans considering, is the not-quite-as-new-kid on the block, Elementary OS.

Elementary OS actually began in 2011 as a theme for Ubuntu. It has evolved well beyond that now, with its own homegrown desktop environment dubbed Pantheon, 13 custom apps, and a distinct and very nice set of custom icons and themes. Under the hood it's still very much Ubuntu/Debian, so all the commands and basic apps you're used to will be there, even if you have to install them yourself. The Ubuntu/Debian underpinning also means you get the security and stability of those projects.

I've tested Elementary OS quite a bit over the last few years and I can say that, if you were put off by the bugginess of early releases, it's worth another look. The latest release, called Loki, has been very stable in my testing and features some really nice homegrown apps. The Elementary OS team is very good at getting the core of an app right and then polishing up the details over time.

Awesome. I really miss how Unity would slow my desktop to a crawl.

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday June 30 2017, @10:02PM (2 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday June 30 2017, @10:02PM (#533726) Journal

    I say this as someone who haaaaaaaaaated all things KDE from 4.0 up to 5.6: Plasma is now *the* desktop to beat for the modern world. Just today i had a customer who got virus'd and only ever checks her email and plays flash games; after a little discussion we settled on Debian with Plasma, a custom Win7-like theme I made in-house, and that was it. It looks and acts more like Windows than Windows has since late 2012.

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  • (Score: 2) by chromas on Friday June 30 2017, @10:05PM (1 child)

    by chromas (34) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 30 2017, @10:05PM (#533727) Journal

    a custom Win7-like theme I made in-house

    Would you like to share with the rest of the class?

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday June 30 2017, @10:25PM

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday June 30 2017, @10:25PM (#533738) Journal

      It's more of a recipe than anything honestly. Download the Fragile and the win7 themes, make a new folder called Redmond, and copy the contents of Fragile into it. Then copy the panel background SVGZ from win7 into the new Redmond folder/theme, mess with the metadata so it says Redmond rather than Fragile, and there you go :)

      I did, however, make a small Plasmoid for a more Windows-like clock with tiny text since Plasma STILL doesn't let you change the damn clock's font size: []
      Just mkdir -p ~/.local/share/plasma/plasmoids/org.kde.contrib.redmonddatetime and then unzip that sucker into it.

      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...