The Ubuntu 11.04 Unity desktop is horrible. Thank goodness that Gnome classic is still a desktop choice at log in. While I love Ubuntu generally, I do not like Unity at all. If a reasonable gnome desktop is eliminated from Ubuntu, then I will simply move to one of the derivatives such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu. I have tried out both of these for 11.04 and both are perfectly acceptable and feature what I consider a more standard type of desktop. I did try Kubuntu 11.04, but it was a failure as the Kubuntu build of KDE crashes my system system with a panic when it tries to load the desktop. However loading the kde-standard package for a desktop choice under Ubuntu or one of the derivatives works. So, the Kubuntu issue must be a tweak that was made to that derivative only.
Ubuntu 11.04 is out and, while I am glad to get a updated version of my favorite Linux distribution, I am disappointed in one of the new changes. Ubuntu now ships with Unity as its default desktop. I HATE Unity. It is Linux for complete morons. I use Ubuntu because I love that it is a nice, polished, Debian based distro. For me that also means that it uses a mature desktop, such as GNOME or KDE or Xfce. I am definitely not in the mood to have a newcomer, immature, idiot desktop like Unity thrust upon me. I have been using Linux since 1996 and am way, Way, WAY beyond such a dumbed down desktop as Unity. I would have been happy to give GNOME3 a try, but they did not even present that as an install option – WHY NOT??? So, on Ubuntu 11.04 I chose the GNOME Classic desktop (GNOME 2.32) and pretend the other does not even exist. I am very disappointed in this and hope it is not the beginning of Canonical and Ubuntu moving away from me as a user. I will be taking some time now to test out the current build of some of the other Ubuntu derivatives such as Xubuntu and Kubuntu. I really do like good Debian based Linux distributions and Ubuntu has always been the best for me, but if they continue down this road and do not make sure they provide good options for the experienced power user class of folks, then I am not beyond changing to another Linux distribution and saying goodbye to Ubuntu. I believe that Unity will prove to be a fundamentally bad move for Ubuntu as its main choice of desktop.