I picked up Ubuntu 12.04 over the weekend. I’ve been a staunch Arch Linux/Openbox user for the last couple of years but they made some major backend changes and I was going to have to reinstall anyway so I thought I’d try something else for a change. Rolling release was only fun until I actually needed to use my computer for Grown Up Stuff.
I really liked the idea of Arch Linux (I still do) and still rather think Ubuntu is Linux for Stupid People™ but I just don’t have the time to administrate an Arch desktop in the midst of my classes and I was looking for something a little more stable. Mostly all the fanboys have been crying over Unity and anything that gets people so riled up I get curious about. I went with 12.04 LTS because for some reasons 13.04 doesn’t run on my computer.
Overall, I like it. I think it’s mostly an improvement on Ubuntu, which I haven’t used since Jaunty Jackalope (which was, what, version 9?). I seem to remember it as some Canonical employee telling me they wanted to phase out the command line and I stormed off in a rage of self-righteous fury. I guess that was when I decided it’s Linux for Stupid People. However, here I am at 12.04 and the command line is still there so I suppose I was being a little melodramatic.
Things I Like
- Whatever this thing that pops up when I push my Ubuntu key and start typing (yeah, that’s right, I have an UBUNTU KEY)
- With Ubuntu Tweak, relatively easy to configure themes/fonts/icons
- Rhythmbox integrates with the volume control. I can’t explain why I think that’s cool but it is
- Still looks lightyears better than anything Apple or Microsoft has ever come up with
Things I Don’t Like
- Canonical’s obvious attempt to monetize the OS. There are PAID apps in the Ubuntu Software “Center”. Ick times a million
- Plus dropbox gives you more free storage than Ubuntu One, so suck it Mark Shuttleworth
- How it puts the software name in the title bar. If I wanted that I would use OSX, seriously
- I have to go back and add words like myelophthisis and rubriblast to my Chrome dictionary
Things About Which I am Ambivalent
- Unity overall. I don’t really see what everyone is screaming about, there’s barely any difference from Gnome other than the launcher is different
So my recommendation is try Ubuntu. Or don’t, it’s pretty much whatever works for you. If you think Ubuntu is too dumbed down for you and you have no life whatsoever, you could definitely give Arch Linux a try and you might like it. If you have given up on life entirely, then it’s time to try Gentoo (am I right, or am I right?).
And if you use Windows XP and don’t understand any of what I just wrote about, then stay tuned because I promise my next post will definitely probably make sense.