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My Ubuntu 16.04 GNOME Setup image/svg+xml

Another prominent Ubuntu Unity user detailing how he’s migrated to GNOME from Unity. It’s well written and thoughtful, with details of all the GNOME extensions used to emulate a Unity desktop. Using GNOME on my own systems, I was aware of most of the extensions, apart from Pixel Saver, which works pretty well on the small screen of my ThinkPad X220. Anyhow, reading this makes me feel kind of sad about the death of Unity, it really is a rather nice desktop environment and it will be missed.

Making GNOME Shell Feel Like Unity image/svg+xml

I like the way the Ubuntu Unity desktop works. However, a while ago I switched over to Gnome Shell to see what it was like, and it seemed good so I stuck around. But I’ve added a few extensions to it so it feels a bit more like the parts of the Unity experience that I liked. In light of the news from Canonical that they’ll be shipping the Gnome desktop in the next LTS in 2018, and in light of much hand-wringing from people who like Unity as much as I do about how they don’t want to lose the desktop they prefer, I thought I’d write down what I did, so others can try it too.

I’m hoping that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ships with a stock GNOME Shell experience, but this post has some good tips for Unity lovers.

From OSX to Ubuntu image/svg+xml

One man’s retrospective after switching from macOS to Ubuntu. I’m not sure why I find these accounts so fascinating, maybe I’m just a geeky voyeur, but I really enjoyed reading this.

Anyway, I thought his switch from Unity to GNOME to Unity was quite interesting. I know Unity catches a fair amount of shit, thrown by the haters, but I think it’s currently the most polished and usable desktop environment. I love it.

Leo’s New Oryx Pro Linux Laptop From System76 image/svg+xml

Leo Laporte has been threatening to go Linux for several months, so it’s nice to see him come good on his threats and review his new Oryx Pro Linux laptop from System76. The laptop looks really nice, although it’s probably a little too large for my liking.

In the video, he mentions that he purchased the machine with the intention of using it on his shows, so it’ll be interesting to see which shows it makes an appearance on, and how long it lasts. I also found it interesting that he immediately removed Ubuntu Unity in favour of using Ubuntu GNOME. I’ve been using Unity for a couple of weeks now and for the most part, I’m really liking it, that said, I have taken a quick look at GNOME 3.20 running on Fedora 24 and it’s also really nice, so I can see the attraction.

Regardless of the distro and desktop environment, it’s good to see Leo embracing Linux and hopefully it’ll start receiving a bit more attention on the TWiT shows.

P.S. Nice shirt!

Returning to Linux (Ubuntu 16.04)

This weekend, I removed OS X from my hackintosh machine and installed Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 as a dual-boot system. I’ll mostly be booting Ubuntu, but I had a spare Windows 10 license and a spare drive, so I installed it too — I might get lucky and occasionally find some time to play the odd game.

Why did I do this? Well, I’ve been missing Linux a lot lately and OS X was beginning to lose its shine. Don’t get me wrong, I think OS X is really nice, but at the same time, it feels somewhat sterile. Ubuntu, on the other hand, feels raw, potent and hackable.

Feelings, they’re important, so I tend to follow them. Also, I have a back-up of my OS X installation, so I can always revert my decision, not that I have any plans to at the moment.

Anyhow, first impressions of Ubuntu 16.04, it’s ace!