For those of you that are daily Ubuntu users, hatred for the new Unity interface is nearly universal. Ultimately its not so much about the appearance change as it is about the functionality…or lack thereof.
Cannonical has decided to use Unity as a way to transition Ubuntu users into gnome 3. This can be the only explanation as to why you would completely destroy the usability of your flagship OS.
As you can see, there are many visual similarities between the Unity interface and Gnome 3. As a user, I would be more inclined to use Gnome 3 over Unity simply because Unity is composed of a handful of tweaks to the Gnome 2.x interface. It is not a ‘true’ UI like Gnome, KDE, XFCE or LXDE. i suggest leaving the UI design to the experts.
The transition from Windows to Ubuntu was pretty smooth due to the easy usability of Gnome. Menu structures were somewhat familiar. You could easily add shortcuts to the desktop. The Gnome Panel was a welcome feature where you could take Windows Quick Launch bar to the next level. This has now changed.
Gone is the customizable panel. This was one of my most favorite features of Gnome and Ubuntu. There were shortcuts to my favorite applications, a quick link to the task manager, TomBoy notes and many others.
Gone is the bottom panel where you could easily identify what you currently had open and switch applications with a click.
Gone is the ability to easily open two instances of a program?
Kubuntu uses the KDE UI. This user interface is far more friendly then the new Unity or even the New New Gnome 3. KDE has been around for what feels like centuries in the realm of computing. You can rely on KDE to be similar to what you were used to in Gnome (unmodified).
Are you aware that you can try out any one of the UI that I mentioned above without having to reinstall. Navigate to the synaptic package manager and enter their name into the search. Once you have installed the new UI…log out…then look on the bottom of the login screen for ‘Session’…in there choose your new UI…then login. (I recommend this for trying out new Ui…but I recommend a full re-install to take advantage fully of the integration of Ubuntu and the new UI.
I Chose Kubuntu