So Ubuntu 11.10, aka Oneiric Ocelot has been out for a short while now and so far it has been nothing but pain for people upgrading from an earlier release. Not only are the bugs racking up (and some are showstoppers like my post regarding the “Waiting for network configuration” shows, but the move to Unity seems disastrous and is losing people’s allegiance to the once admired desktop Linux of choice for many.
Has Ubuntu lost its way here? Ubuntu’s parental backers, Canonical, are concentrating their efforts on their Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure project and Ubuntu 11.10 on a server is great, even bringing with it an easier way to get OpenStack installed.
For me, Unity is a mistake. It made sense on my netbook, does it make sense on a touchscreen maybe, but it doesn’t make sense on my desktop. Integration with even the most basic apps are causing problems (Gvim anyone? Empathy?), its sluggish (Gwibber status updates take..an..age..to..input..).
Overall I’ve lost my faith in Ubuntu on the desktop, which is a shame as it was on the way to make adoption to an Open Source desktop possible.