I found unity quite an interesting interface for newbies at first glance.
However, given amount of resources it takes, bugs and its inability to function correctly on open drivers, I replaced it with XFCE, which takes only 1/3 of resources.
Newbies using good machines (2GiB+, accelerated OGL) are better off with KDE.
Last edited by bwat47; 07-23-2012 at 01:24 AM.
In the end I put lubuntu there, but after finding out LXDE is incapable to save sessions and has overall very very quirky conter-intuitive behaviour, I pulled xfce desktop (xubuntu) but still left lubuntu blue theming and icons. The only problem I have with XFCE is inability to call properties/set permissions on multiple of objects at once - a Thunar limitation. But its not fatal.
Btw, Lubuntu occupied 120 and Xfce 160 MiBs accordingly. This was a machine of a senior guy, who doesn't know much about computers - primary office, banking, internet, mail. I think he is backed up pretty good by community, documentation and software store.
I had no intel machine to test now, but the relatives use LM12 and are pretty ok with it (LM, Cinnamon, Gnome Shell). I don't think they need Unity. But thanks a lot for your report, its good to hear my case is not the only possible.
512 of ram is probably what killed you here. (aside from nvidia breakage). You certainly wouldn't be running Win7, MacOSX 10.6/7/8 on that kind of hardware, either.. bigger DE/WMs generally consume resources and thus have higher system requirements... I wouldn't have great expectations of Unity, KDE(+kwin), Gnome-shell, etc to work that well, at least not when running a few applications on such low-specs
I have used Unity / ubuntu 12.04 on a coreduo 1.6 + 1g of ram with radeon driver and it worked well enough, but i also didn't use it for any great length of time, either. Compiz/Unity were smooth though, dash was fast and looked good. expo / scale / etc in compiz seemed to work nicely. but i was really just having a quick look at 12.04, and wanted to install it to hardware rather than using VMware (which it is slow in).
it's also well-known that some of the compiz-devs use the OSS drivers, over the blobs; intel, AMD and nvidia, respectively. So i would tend to think the OSS drivers must be okay (for the most part), but obviously throw any real GL-apps at them and they will flop (in comparison to the blobs).
The packages are now fixed and the updates should work now. Please run:
before updating. This will force yum to update the repo (similar to "sudo apt-get update" before "sudo apt-get upgrade"). Otherwise, you can wait until tomorrow to update as yum will do this automatically every day.Code:sudo touch /etc/yum.repos.d/GNOME\:Ayatana.repo
Btw, we now have the new Compiz 0.9.8
yum -y update
Code:Error: Package: 1:metacity-2.34.1-9.1.x86_64 (@GNOME_Ayatana) Requires: /usr/sbin/ldconfig Removing: glibc-2.15-37.fc17.x86_64 (@anaconda-0) Not found Updated By: glibc-2.15-51.fc17.x86_64 (updates) Not found You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem You could try running: rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest
EDIT: I'm in the process of rebuilding gtk2-ubuntu, which will cause part of the repo to be rebuilt. Running the updates at this time will probably fail. Please update sometime tomorrow