Wayland, X.Org For Ubuntu's Future
Phoronix: Wayland, X.Org For Ubuntu's Future
Wayland was talked about this morning at the summit in Budapest. In particular, the outlook for Wayland in Ubuntu and Linaro. Separately, there's also X.Org notes from today's meetings...
ready for 200 million users?
I hope Wayland fixes issues of major concern to average desktop users, like having a ctrl-alt-del interface to bail out of frozen full-screened apps, and of course Ubuntu still isn't shipping any universal program installer/packaging solution which other distros can easily adopt too like Zero Install. Still no installation of userland programs without requiring root/admin access...
There's a lot of other major desktop improvements, but those are some off the top of my head. I really hope development gets geared towards those things if Ubuntu or other Linux distros want to bring in a lot more adoption.
I also hope Unity gets or can be polished, otherwise it should be dumped. As it stands now, and something that I don't see changing, is it takes me SO much longer finding programs in Unity in comparison to Gnome. Gnome: everything easy to get to. Unity: Can't remember the name of that app to type it in. Let me check if it's in my most-used app section...nope, crap, lets see click on the category selector, then click on the thingy to expand the visible app icons...nope not in that category, go back and click on the other category, now click on the expand view thing again, oh there it is..finally...
Seriously, Gnome's App/Places/System menu, and KDE's old menu (not the new slab menu) are both so much faster than the new systems, and both way faster than how Windows does it.
If I know the name of a program I want to run, I can just hit ALT-F2 thxuvrymuch, but taking away the nice quick menu system just made things suck.
P.S. I did try Unity for many hours, too...I gave it a chance. It's not ready IMO.