While doing bug hunting yesterday, I noticed that when I was thrown into ‘classic’ ubuntu, the screen looked nothing like classic ubuntu or gnome.
OK first we have the menu, what happened to Applications/Places/System? That was a classic look for Classic Ubuntu. Now it’s just a round dot which means nothing to any of the users I’ve trained to use Ubuntu.
Then we have the file menus, they’re not in the windows like they were in Classic Ubuntu. They’re somewhere else. This is a major headache and retooling for something that’s supposed to be following the style of the classic desktop.
Now I’m not sure if these are just bugs, or if this is actually how classic Ubuntu is going to work. Because paying attention to Classic Ubuntu in this release is going to save A LOT of good grace from disgruntled users who are ready to tear into Mark’s Praxis desktop design. I don’t want Ubuntu to become a target of massive ridicule from users who are fed up with having their desktop change without a soft landing.
Unity developers: Pay attention to classic this cycle, or users will just move to another distro.