I’ve been testing Firefox Aurora almost since the new release cycle. This release seems quite stable and fast.. So I need something different… I’ve decided to try Opera (stable) for 1 week. I’m on the hunt for websites that don’t work with standards (to add to my Firefox WebCott add-on). Also so far, I have been impressed with the speed and user interface of Opera. Fair Warning, it is not free and open source software, but you can give it a try at Opera.com.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
I am looking at alternatives to Ubuntu, in particular I like:
- Fedora - Gives me a cutting edge open source graphics stack. I really have been enjoying their implementation of Gnome Shell (with Tweaks)
- Linux Mint – Great for everyday users and it comes with a very innovative and user friendly desktop, without trying to be “revolutionary”, it’s just evolutionary
- LXDE – as far as lightweight and friendly environments go, LXDE rocks (Lubuntu, Linux Mint LXDE, and Fedora LXDE are all good products)
I know the biggest reason I’m searching for alternatives is “Unity”, which I think is a perfectly ironic name for something that is dividing the ordinary users into two more desktop camps, Unity vs. Gnome Shell. If you asked users what more they want from Linux, they would say polish and a better office suite, not more desktop choices. [To be fair to Canonical, they are investing more into LibreOffice, which I am very happy about ]
The graph below is from Google Trends. It tells the story of Ubuntu rising from obscurity and the predictable releases pushing the “buzz” higher and higher. 11.04 has had the weakest showing in recent releases and the drop after the release doesn’t seem to be a good sign either. It will be very interesting to see how the release fairs tomorrow.
The worst part for me is that Unity and Gnome Shell aren’t very different from the user’s point of view. They both are revolutionary in some of the same ways, and both make some stupid choices. I think it’s mostly the stupid things that have forced the separation (along with the usual politics), these are the things I would like to see removed from both.
Gnome on Ubuntu has served as the flagship desktop environment for Linux for at least the last few years. Gnome provided a solid usable desktop and Ubuntu provided an amazing amount of polish and things like OEM installs, etc. (along with everything else a distro does). I will be very impressed with both Ubuntu and Gnome if they are able to compromise and reunite.
United we stand, divided we fall.
I recently posted something very accusingly that has been brought to my attention that my premise was completely false and baseless. There is no excuse for me not doing my due diligence.
I assumed that the first website on google & duckduckgo for “iceweasel” was the official website. I wish I could say I was the only one who had made this mistake but I am far from it. (Furthered by the fact that the first thing I did when running IceWeasel was use the AwesomeBar to google it, finding said site).
Again apologies to Debian, I was the one being unprofessional and not doing enough research.
**Update, their http://wiki.debian.org/Iceweasel does post to said website. Should I repost my original post? Thoughts?