The final word on Ubuntu and Unity

I became an Ubuntu user in 2006. I didn’t want to like it – Ubuntu was marketed as a multicultural, politically correct distribution of the Linux operating system, and as a patriotic American I didn’t find that appealing. But I’m open minded so I tried it anyway — and there was no getting around the fact that Ubuntu offered a desktop that paid attention to detail, looked good, and just worked. This was what we needed, and in the years that followed, Ubuntu rocketed to the top as a favorite of both new and experienced Linux users alike.

Sadly, those heady days have come to an end — and it didn’t have to happen. The Linux that rose to the top of the heap and was going to be the consumer grade Linux on which users, ISV’s, and OEM’s could focus, fell from grace and became the Linux that likes to alienate its existing users. So what went wrong?

Last year, our friends at Canonical introduced Unity, a new user interface for netbook computers that seemed to make sense at the time. Unfortunately, they then decided to make Unity the primary user interface for all versions of Ubuntu, including those running on laptops and desktops with large, high-resolution monitors.

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