Alex Launi on 15 Dec 2011 08:19:52 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] I have had time to consider and may now comfortably hate Unity.

On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Matt Mossholder <> wrote:
On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM, Alex Launi <> wrote:
I'm curious what your beefs with unity in the first place are. What do you mean a kiosk interface? I find unity to be hands down the best shell I've ever used. Faster, more intuitive, with great keyboard shortcuts that make my life wicked easy. And the stuff we've got brewing is unreal.

*disclaimer* I work for Canonical on Unity.

1) The Global Menu.
The global menu is a horrid idea when used on large monitors or multiple monitors. If I don't have all my apps maximized all the time, why would I want to have to travel to the top of the screen to reach a menu? And hiding the menu controls until you are actually on the menu isn't particularly intuitive either.

We know. We're working on it. I hope it'll be fixed for 12.04.

2) Window Controls on the left side, combined with proximity to the Dash.Â
Putting the window controls on the left, right next to the Dash menu is a -really- bad idea. You have a control that is potentially destructive (close window) right next to a constructive control (run a new program). Never great from a usability standpoint. I'm also rather miffed that when the move to the left was done, one of the justifications from Shuttleworth was that there were other things he wanted to do with the space on the right side.... and there is still nothing there.

3) Upper Left Corner hotspot
I am not 100% certain Unity has this issue (Gnome Shell does), but I will throw it out there anyway... using the upper left corner of the screen as a hotspot is a pain in the butt. Every time I highlight a URL, I end up having the dash open up when I finish dragging. ANNOYING.

You're using an older version of Unity. Neither of these are true in 11.10. We learned lesson that in 11.04.

We know the shortcuts are hard to discover, that's why we're doing this,ÂÂBut really they're not that hard. They're pretty much all based around super. Tap super - open the dash. Hold super shows the launcher and then overlays for quickly launching the app.



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