It is probably fair to say that the Unity interface in Ubuntu 11.04 is quite controversial and has led to some mixed reactions. Last October Mark Shuttleworth, the leader of the Ubuntu project, announced that Unity would be the default interface on desktop as well as netbooks where it and its predecessor had become commonplace. I've been using Ubuntu 11.04 across three devices; a laptop, a touchscreen netbook and a computer connected to a television. I've decided to give up on Unity on the laptop and go back to the classic interface, but on the other two devices I quite like Unity. Here I am going to try to work out why Unity is a desktop no-go for me.
Not long now until the long anticipated release of KDE4, a major update to the K Desktop Environment (KDE). Kubuntu users and users of many other Linux distributions will be familiar with KDE as powers the desktop environment of their machine. Even the Asus EEE in its 'Advanced Mode' uses a KDE desktop. January 11th is the big day with a launch event at the headquarters of Google.