Screenshots are from Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) with the alpha coming at June 26 and the final release in October 16, so this is a pre-alpha version. Therefore, there isn’t interested yet in new features of the next Ubuntu, but I got really impressed from a third-party tweaking tool.
Ubuntu users will already know it, so this post is mostly targeting GNOME users to see some nice things that Ubuntu community has done.
Shell in the A-W-E-S-O-M-E USC scores 4 stars from 290 votes, when Unity scores a pretty low 3 stars from 496 votes. That’s something that should alarm Ubuntu developers, when their community finds their main software bad. Yes, 3 stars is bad in all rating systems, in every App Store.
Of course the ratings can be misleading for several reasons (like versions, who’s rating, etc), but what I noticed from the comments, the reason that Shell scores more, is because users find it more responsive and praise Shell’s task switcher and applications launcher.
Unity on the other side offers more features than Shell and it seems that some users don’t like extra things on their way, or they at least say that some of Unity’s features need refinements.
Unity Tweak Tool won’t solve the main Unity weaknesses, but it will certainly do Unity experience more functional and pleasant, through extensive customization.
This is version 0.0.6 that I run from the daily builds PPA.
- Daily PPA: https://launchpad.net/~freyja-dev/+archive/unity-tweak-tool-daily
- Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/unity-tweak-tool
- Github: https://github.com/freyja-dev/unity-tweak-tool
- Ubuntu App Directory: https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/unity-tweak-tool/
This application is loaded with many nice to have features, so I will just show some of them.[caption id="attachment_26388" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Window Snapping[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26389" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hotcorners[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26390" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Tweaking Animations and Animations Quality[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26391" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Launcher Options[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26392" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Panel Options[/caption]
These were some of the options that Unity Tweak Tool offers, but the question is just one. Should Shell offer mechanisms (settings) for tweaking it such as, without the need of extensions?
As an aside note, Ubuntu 14.10 has Systemd installed (Upstart is still the default init manager), something that is definitely good news for Ubuntu GNOME users!