I have made the decision to move to Ubuntu away from the world of Windows, which I have been with for over 10 years. There are a lot of great things with Ubuntu Linux and a few things that well I don’t like. Here are the top 5 things I think should be fixed/changed in the next few releases of Ubuntu.
5. The default themes. As I have mentioned before the themes and wallpapers that come with Ubuntu are just ugly! How about some adding in some wallpapers with color and some nice looking Gnome themes that don’t include the colors orange and brown.
4. Combine some items together. Why is the screen saver selection and the wallpaper selection in two different places? They should be in one easy to find menu.
3. Innovate file management. While there is nothing wrong with the current setup there is nothing special about either. I love how in OS X they added some new features like QuickLook and the Coverflow view, how about something similar to this in Ubuntu.
2. Ubuntu for some reason doesn’t find my iMac on the network and it’s kind of an annoyance. I do a lot moving files between my computers and it seems like the Ubuntu machine is isolated between my computers.
1. I hate having to use the terminal so much! Make it easier to do things and maybe be able to do it with a GUI. I hate having to go into the terminal and type some code to fix something, in the modern computing world this should be handled via the GUI. This is one thing that keeps people away from Linux, because they see it as too “Geeky”.
All of my problems have gone away since I have switched to KDE 3.5 with Kubuntu. The menu layout is just as I like and the overall looks much sharper than that of the Gnome desktop. It includes some great themes and seems to run smoother than Gnome.The “start menu” isn’t the greatest, but that’s probably the Mac user in me talking. I have grown to learn and use the terminal on a regular basis and its growing on me. I can’t wait for Kubuntu to feature a much more stable KDE 4.0, because that looks years ahead of Gnome.
To counter-point this I wrote a new post about the Top 5 Things I love about Ubuntu