Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook review

This search got the right result. I accessed the search box by clicking on the Ubuntu logo.

More on search

Searching for the same application as above. I accessed the search box by clicking on the Applications icon on the Launcher.

Yet more search results

Searching for an application when the Documents tab is active, will produce nothing. You will be given the option to search the Web for the search string. So Unity can search locally as well as on the Web.

Last search item

Final Thoughts: Unity is a so-so attempt at designing a small screen-optimized desktop interface, but of the three I have reviewed so far, it ranks last in almost every aspect. The logic behind it is flawed. It would require a near-complete recoding before it can begin to rival the KDE Plasma Desktop and Linpus Linux Lite Simple Mode in user experience, effective use of desktop real estate, and coolness factor. Coolness is, of course, in the eyes of the beholder, but there is very little about Unity that is as visually appealing as the KDE Plasma Desktop and Simple Mode.

Resources: Download a CD ISO image of UNE here. To install and configure the graphical firewall, see this.

Screenshots: Just two more screenshots from UNE.

Some of the applications installed by default.

Applications installed, some of them.

Some of the system utilities on UNE

System tools

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  2. It’s great to finally see an honest review of 10.10’s Unity.

    The initial reviews (all released on Oct 10) were all praising the interface, and centred around the additional software changes.

    I actually use a Netbook (unlike the designers of Unity) and it took just 10 seconds to realise that my upgrade from 10.4 was a mistake.

    Not only have they wasted screen space with a non-customisable chunker, they’ve got this search thing running to waste CPU cycles and memory!

    An absolute joke of an upgrade. They must have got the worst Aspies in to get ideas and implement it.

    To Josh, who wrote
    “I don’t think the public in general should be so upset about the change because if Unity is not for you, you can always put your preference of DE/WM shell back on your system. Its not that big of a deal.”

    Yes, it is that big a deal. Ubuntu is meant to be one of the more user-friend distros. They go and make this ugly unusable POS the default for netbooks, then some nerd tells them that they should just put a WM shell on! What the hell? How is an average user going to know what that even means? What about the limited disk space on Netbooks?

    If Ubuntu want people to use them, they should may their software good. An often ignored, but I think crucial, rule of business.

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