there are a couple of reviews and videos now on some of the blogs.
Originally Posted by johnH
switching back to classic gnome will be as easy as turning off the plugin or choosing classic desktop on the login screen.
the reason they have this setup is because they want to merge their 3 main projects interfaces: ubuntu light and netbook edition + desktop edition in one.
anyway it already auto hides and has some nice effects, so its a plus.
It was either this or gnome shell. This might turn a good move, so i wont judge till final release.
You will be able to not use Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 and use the old panel - it is still being updated and maintained for those that don't have hardware accelerated graphics drivers.
Originally Posted by HokTar
You could also use Gnome Shell with some other kind of launcher - I used to use it with Docky for instance (but the new layout is more like a dock now so it's not so much needed)
The unity doc can also be disabled from Compizconfig.
The Apps button needs a static search field that searches as you type.
I think the size of the doc should be adjustable, as well as if apps can overlap it.
Firefox 4 is awesome.
Further observations. Ubuntu software center doesn't load, but package manager does. I'm no longer able to disable the Unity doc, maybe the initial launch the classic desktop was loaded?? After the PC is turned off it takes 3-4 attempts for it to make it to the logon prompt. Otherwise it is fairly stable, just use standby and don't power down! It also installed 70+ updates since lastnight.
Originally Posted by synapse
Canīt say Iīm that impressed either. Looks nice, but no thanks. I havenīt bothered with Ubuntu proper in a while anyway. Itīs all Sidux (or whatever they want to call themselves nowadays), Arch, and Kubuntu.
My install started out as kubuntu 10 and I upgraded to 11.04, the KDE desktop loads and is quite stable, much more than Unity, also has FF4.
Originally Posted by Melcar
I hope they move to the development branch of xfce4 soon.
I hate it! Why would I use this on my 24" inch screen??
After testing Unity I liked it very much, it was buggy, but the vertical panel a good idea, better than the classic horizontal panel.
In KDE, moving the default panel to the left and replacing the default Task Manager widget with Smooth Tasks has a similar effect as Unity panel. It is also possible to add and extra panel to the top, with widgets like ActiveWindow Control.
The part that I like most in Unity is the apps launcher/searcher (the Ubuntu icon a the top left). Haven't found something similar for KDE, Lancelot is nice, but it's not the same.
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