Ubuntu Is No Longer Exciting. They Should Make These Changes.



One thing that is obvious to anyone that has been around Linux for a number of years is that there is not the same level of excitement with the new Ubuntu releases as in the early years. What happened? Where did it all go wrong? And what changes could Ubuntu make to correct this?

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Devin BARTON

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I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

34 thoughts on “Ubuntu Is No Longer Exciting. They Should Make These Changes.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Rolling release for simple users? less problems with rolling than stable? On which planet DT? Not on Earth apparently, do you imagine users would want tons of daily updates and if you don't update regularly you most likely end up with a broken system. I started to disagree more and more with your Linux philosophy which is sad.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Really like your channel but must respectfully disagree.
    If you did any kind of gaming or use an nvidia gpu, Ubuntu fossa MASSIVELY improved support for its users and became much easier for people. Even if that doesnt effect you, you did mention drivers and convenience being exciting. So, I like Ubuntu more than ever.

    all the best though.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Wow, he called out the social justice promoted by gnome… 😯 I did not expect that, DT Good for you 👍

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    I love the Unity Desktop and still use it. Most people now will say Unity is junk. Im still not sure why. Every new Ubuntu release i try gnome3. And i just dont understand the appeal . Its slower and not as intuitive to my needs. The Plasma desktop is amazingly smooth and can be made to look like there G3 and Unity desktop vary easily.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Mr. Taylor,

    I do not think you should do a Fedora 33 review.

    There is nothing obvious that users are going to see that you did not cover in previous Fedora videos. That being said, I love Fedora. My hunch is there are still some bugs in Fedora 33, as they always seem to rush it out to meet their silly artificial deadlines. So I would recommend users just wait. I have mentioned in your forum or comments, how I use their Rawhide version. Have you ever tried to live on the edge – I mean living in Rawhide on metal. They have Sway in Rawhide. Not sure if it works. I do not believe the other desktop environments get enough attention. If I were going to use Plasma, I would just use OpenSUSE. Plasma just seems half-baked in Fedora. And the same goes with LXQt, I think I would use something like OpenMandriva or Mageia or maybe even a Debian spin like Sparky Linux. I love Sparky Linux. Have you ever tried to live in hardware on the "unstable" version of Neon ? I think a lot of distros are suffering from lack of help, and there are so many regressions from all the latest upstream packages. Linux in 2020 is kind of like the gerbal running on the spinning wheel.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Totally agree DT. I started with GNU/Linux a bit less than a year ago with Ubuntu (it was the standard in my mind) and hated it. Switched to Manjaro and then to Arch here recently. Arch is thrilling with each release, stable (I don't care what anyone says. If I can manage with less than 1 year of experience anyone can), and is rolling. What more could one want?

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    I just don't want them to increase their memory usage. Even new cheap laptops just have about 4gbs of ram

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    No, it's my favorite desktop and needs more attention to get more optimization updates

    @ thumbnail

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    #1 reason to drop gnome: "ACKSHUALLY ITS PRONOUNCED GUH-GNOME"

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    "Less Exciting" sounds like "More Stable" so I'm pretty happy…. RHEL is not exciting for example… Unlike Arch, now That's exciting….

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    What a great video! I fully agree with you, every Ubuntu release is boring, has lost its identity, I am not against Gnome, is good, but we need to be able to make a choice if we use manjaro for example to use Gnome, for example, Fedora is symbol of Gnome so Ubuntu its like the secondary option.
    Another thought is the suggestion of Ubuntu Mate as the official flavor, I am 100% agree with this, of course may be this is just dreaming but i think the comunity has the path clear.
    Subscribed!

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Canonical basically gave up on the desktop around 2017. Same reason red hat did, there is no money in it.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Of course Ubuntu stopped innovating. Ubuntu made Unity it got nothing but hate. Ubuntu was the first to adopt universal package system (snaps), it got nothing but hate. Ubuntu is the distribution that always gets hate for everything it does. So, it stopping innovating is reasonable.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Yeah, I heard that the Gnome foundation is filled with social justice, but what are you going to do? I think that social justice is a highly contagious ideology, and as time goes by, only more and more organisations will be infected. As I have figured out, there currently are only two major choices for the desktop: Gnome and KDE. There are other small environments but they lack features because of lack of resources, I guess. KDE has more features, but to me, it seems Gnome is more stable, so despite the lack of features, I had to choose Gnome. And it would be only a matter of time that KDE will also be infected by social justice, so there will be no alternative anyway. I will just ignore what the Gnome foundation ideologically stands for, and only use their product as it is.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Don't sleep on Gentoo.

    In fact, the reason I'm using Artix as a backup system is that it's a shorter learning curve due to the fact they both use the same init system and I don't have to deal with the headaches systemd gives. (And it's also easier chrooting into the other system if there's a need to fix things.)

    By the way, Canonical does use KDE – it's the desktop environment of its other main distro Kubuntu.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    I always found it odd that they went from Unity to GNOME in the first place. IIRC the version of Unity they were making for phones was actually QT based, so it isn't like that was foreign to them. And KDE is actually flexible enough to configure into a carbon copy of Unity, using latte dock; which would mean less time writing new plugins for GNOME and working on existing projects instead.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Thanks for having the cajones to call this out. I love anything based on Ubuntu, Mint being my fav, great base, Ubuntu. Mainline Ubuntu DE based on Gnome is absolutely, ridiculously annoying, for the 99.99% of Linux users who have grown up using MS Windows most of their lives. I do wish they would either go back to Unity, or embrace Mate as their DE of choice. Gnome DE needs to go away and their devs focus on the rest of the Gnome ecosystem.
    Seriously, what's wrong with the taskbar paradigm? It's been in our DNA for the last 35 years. Anything else seems stupid when productivity in your DE is paramount. Anyway, for me, Mint does Ubuntu properly and that speaks volume for the quality of the Ubuntu base. For me, Mint rocks in that I can get a fabulous implementation of Xfce that is rock-solid, fast and thin, with a nod to their flagship Cinnamon DE which is just perfect for new users walking away from Windows 10.
    Just my 2 cents as a new-ish user of Linux for the last 4 years.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Just bring back Unity and continue to develop it.

    I'll try Ubuntu Unity once it works with my WiFi extender.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Hey DT any chance you could do a video on nwm the window manager coded in node is 🙂 mixu dot net

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Garden gnome…. When Sir Charles Isham brought 21 terra cotta to England to decorate his 90-foot rockery in 1847, he created a sensation in the United Kingdom for bearded helpers. … When “Lampy”—as this historic is now known—was found, he was crowned the oldest known in the world.

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    October 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Ubuntu-based is the new Ubuntu. For me personally, PopOS is the new Ubuntu Gnome. Do they even need to do anything? Enough teams have taken the torch that Canonical doesn't necessarily have to lead in the desktop department.

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