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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: 4, Insightful) by driverless on Saturday July 01 2017, @09:49AM (1 child)

    by driverless (4770) on Saturday July 01 2017, @09:49AM (#533871)

    Keep in mind that Unity will continue to work for years to come. There just won't be any improvements.

    Isn't that exactly what you want in a UI? For at least the last five years, probably closer to ten, UI "improvements" have actually been "hipsters randomly changing things to follow whatever hipster trend other hipsters have dreamed up this week". So a UI that's protected from any such "improvements" is a major win in my book.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Joe Desertrat on Saturday July 01 2017, @02:11PM

    by Joe Desertrat (2454) Subscriber Badge on Saturday July 01 2017, @02:11PM (#533908)

    So a UI that's protected from any such "improvements" is a major win in my book.

    This is exactly why people still want the Windows 95/98/XP style desktop with a start menu, etc. It works fine and no matter what O/S one sits down to, whether Windows or *nix, they can immediately find their way around with little effort. Something like that does not need to ever be changed unless it becomes entirely at odds with the operating system function, which on desktop computers is not going to happen.