The first slide is Canonical's Unity desktop

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Aug 16, 2011
11:32 PM EDT
I didn't bother going further, because if that is one of the 10 FOSS advancements, then we have no hope.

Aug 17, 2011
12:01 AM EDT
Almost half the slides are Ubuntu based.

Some one correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Ubuntu One closed source?


Aug 18, 2011
5:07 AM EDT
Here's Canonicals Unity Desktop on my Dual Monitor setup. The screen resolutions are 1920 by 1080 for the top monitor, and 1920 by 1200 for the bottom monitor.

Finding the screen shot tool was fun... not. For one thing it's called screenshot, and a search using the term "screen shot" locates nothing more than a message saying there are no files that fit that description. As I type this, I note that Firefox's spell checker is telling me that "screenshot" is incorrect spelling, which is probably why I never considered searching for that term as a means of locating a screen shot application.

Naturally I amended my spelling to do a search on "screenshot" and found both shutter and screenshot. Searching for the applications via the "menu System" takes even longer.

Note that there is inconveniently a top bar on both monitors, and that I have inadvertantly trapped the top of the Software Centre window under that top bar of the bottom monitor.

There is nothing I can do with the top bars they are there by hook or by crook, and I will have to grin and bare it, should I want to continue to use Unity.

Note also the side panel in the top monitor. It appears that Unity has decided for me that the top monitor shall be my primary monitor, whether I like it or not. My dual Monitor rig is a large laptop, which, as a consequence is moved from time to time, and disconnected from the external monitor. If I do, as is my normal practice, close the laptop lid and suspend the system before removing the external monitor, there by "fooling" the machine into acting as if the external monitor is still connected, when I un-suspend later on, I will not be able to access the "Menu System" or any of the items on the side panel, as, of course, the bottom monitor is my laptop monitor.

The side panel appears to inconsistently hide, for no apparent reason that I can see it is currently steadfastly refusing to hide itself.

It really is a pain, though, locating applications. you either scroll through an alphabetical list or you type some search phrase. This apparently is an innovation.

Aug 18, 2011
12:01 PM EDT
> and I will have to grin and bare it, should I want to continue to use Unity.

Bear, TA, unless you're running an adult oriented side business in your spare time.

Aug 18, 2011
12:17 PM EDT
Don't bare or bear,... Just switch... Just switch.

Aug 18, 2011
12:30 PM EDT
Quoting:Just switch... Just switch.

That's the beauty of Linux: We can switch.

Aug 18, 2011
5:31 PM EDT
jdixon JasP, this is a bare all story.

Aug 18, 2011
5:45 PM EDT
I have no intention of using Unity. Given that what we see is the base features, I can never see a time when it will be particularly useful on any of my laptops or even netbooks. The paradigm for locating applications, for one thing, is simply too cumbersome.

The point of the exercise is to demonstrate that Unity is not designed for large monitors or multi monitor scenarios. It is primarily a small single screen UI, with the focus towards tablets. If you happen to own a normal laptop or desktop computer and run it with a single Monitor, Unity will work. It won't look pretty, and it will still be a pain to use, but it will be usable.

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