KBD47 wrote:My biggest problem with Unity isn't the dock, but the dash. If you don't remember the name of the app you need, or simply want to browse the apps, it's more of a PITA than a traditional desktop like MATE, or Cinnamon. Also not too crazy about not having preview buttons of open windows, just a little arrow, and if you have apps open far across the launcher you have to scroll back and forth to find them. None of this is too huge to overcome if you mostly surf the web and do email, facebook, etc., but it can be a pain in an environment where you need to be productive.
Shibblet wrote:I have to weigh in here on a couple of points.
Any new interface is going to be met with hostility. It's a timeless controversy. The idea is that New = Better. But "Better" is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes "better" means "known."
People have an inherent distrust of change, or anything that is made to replace something else. I could tell you a crazy story of how my grandfather refused to buy a new toaster in 2006, because the one they got for their wedding in 1947 was "just fine." It's just human nature to have a hard time accepting change.
That being said, you will always have haters to any new interface. We hate Unity, We hate Cinnamon, We hate Gnome 3, We hates the Baggins', What they are really hating is the time it will take to learn a new interface.
I have been taking graphic design classes, and one of the classes is Adobe Flash. Now, I know that I can move my object from one place to the next, but why can't I size it? I know it can be done, but I can't figure out how to do it. So now I am off to the "Help" files to figure out how to size my object. And after sifting through the index and table of contents looking for a title that remotely resembles my probblem, I start reading and reading and reading, only to find out that's not what it is... so you give up on the "help" files, and go to the internet and search Google, only to find people who are doing things "similar" to what you're trying to accomplish, and you read and read and read, and then after who-knows-how-long, you find your answer, and it works. Then, you try to colorize it, and the whole process starts over again.
This is very similar to the problems found in new interfaces. Things like "Where are my mouse sensitivity controls?" and "Why can't I just double-click on the network button?" or "Why did they put that control in this category, instead of this one?" I've seen changes like this between two different versions of KDE4.
So, any interface, with enough time, patience, and willingness to change, could be a good one.
MALsPa wrote:CtrlAltDel, you willing to give up your cell phone for a land-line phone with a rotary dial?
craig10x wrote:Or back to a black and white tv set instead of color...or how about no television at all...just radio....which was much the case in 1947
Hmmm...laptop computers, desktops? How about IBM's that take up an entire office floor as there were back in the 50s?
Progress and Change is a GOOD THING...
CtrlAltDel wrote::-) That's an ugly phone. They were always black or beige, for the most part, in the United States. I've never seen an orange one.
CtrlAltDel wrote:That's an ugly phone. They were always black or beige, for the most part, in the United States. I've never seen an orange one.
monkeyboy wrote:Its a preference thing, some folks can use Unity and be happy and some folks can't. That's fine because there are all kinds of options available and we can all be happy. Enjoy
aes2011 wrote:Very well said. If I don't like something, I just ignore it if I can. Nothing will ever be tolerable to the intolerant. There's choice out there.
KBD47 wrote:bimsebasse wrote:
bimsebasse, the traditional desktop interface is mouse-centric, two dimensional, and built for productivity. You can move across the screen and quickly access everything on the computer with few mouse clicks, and the open apps show up in preview buttons across the desktop. For a desktop user with a mouse, and even a laptop user with a touchpad--it just doesn't get any easier than this. Any noob can sit down to that interface and intuitively find their way around.
The new desktop interfaces require the user to find their way through layers, to search for apps and files and programs with text input, to learn and memorize keyboard shortcuts. .
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