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Things that annoy me in Ubuntu

Posted 10-22-2010 at 04:55 AM by William (Dthdealer)

I'm currently using Ubuntu on my desktop computer, and would like to share some of my issues with it and Gnome.

1) Updater creating popups and stealing my window focus
Updating is supposed to be a great feature of Linux distributions, but Ubuntu sucks at the GUI end of it. While updating I have to either leave my computer alone until the process is finished or face annoying popups in the middle of my screen every five seconds with a progress bar on them for every stage of the update.

2) Ubuntu Software Centre
It sucks. My issues with it:
  • It is not a truly multi-installer like the old add/remove was.
    You have to initiate the install of each package one by one, waiting a second or two in-between where the interface is not responsive. On top of that, if you are not fast enough, you can be asked to input your password multiple times when installing many different packages.
  • It is ugly
    I can't get past the ( possibly HTML ) interface with its big orange 'Featured applications' button, bad dot background across the top of the display and most of all the missing FONTS category icon.
  • It refreshes the list of applications in the GUI every time a package has finished installing/removing, so your current position in the list is warped back up to the last selected package. Annoying when you want to remove multiple packages at once.

3) Window Button Placement
This is an issue with Gnome in general.
End all of the where-to-put-the-close-and-maximise-buttons arguments by adding a tab to appearance properties with options to change the layout.

4) Don't EVER hide ANY icons in ANY menus
And bring back the tab which had the options regarding whether to these have icons in menus and the 'System' menu in the tray. I hate not having icons in these places, and I always open up Gconf to change the settings so that the full artistic powers of my Linux box are being used.
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