I probably should have written this post 10 months ago… but I am quite glad I didn’t. Precise has grown in my eyes since.
So, I am long time Ubuntu user, and when 12.04 was released I just had to install it, so long story short. I did.
What met me was shocking, and I though something in the direction of:
“What is this bullshit”
I wasn’t expecting the Unity interface, I didn’t like it to be honest, I liked (and still like) Gnome 2.x.
Anyway, as time passed I started getting used to it, and although it has its quirks I kind of started depending on it.
To explain further I need to go back to when Lucid was new.
I was sitting looking at my fresh install of Lucid, and it just felt right, I had my IME set up, I had a Java installation, I had mono and I had various useful tools. Overall I was satisfied with the system, I didn’t really see anything that I disliked.
Now, then we have Precise, the first reactions where shock.
I didn’t like the Unity interface, but it has grown on me.
It didn’t come bundled with mono, not really a problem as I don’t use too many programs that depend on it, but it didn’t come with Java either, and the repos didn’t even have suns java, which pissed me off big time, then we have the software center, I don’t normally use it, but they completely broke it.
Long story short:
I had to install Java, Mono and GDebi.
Now I also noticed that there was no computer janitor or synaptic, I didn’t care for the janitor and still don’t but synaptic is necessary, so I installed that and thought “Now my install has to be complete”.
Apparently it wasn’t as I was going through the settings I noticed that most settings were missing and that they were nowhere to be found. so I did a quick google search and quickly realized that one cannot edit these settings, save for manually editing the config files.
Apparently this wan’t correct either, in the default repos there is a program called “gnome-tweak-tool” why this wasn’t included on the install disc I don’t know, it has loads of useful settings.
Anyway, if you are intending to read anything in Japanese I suggest you get it as you can’t change the default 11p font size without it. (Japanese is nearly unreadable at 11 pixels)
A few other useful settings would be the ability to customize your theme settings (oh and although it supports changing the cursors as of today I still haven’t figured out how to actually change the cursor as it shows DMZ white no matter what setting you have)
Anyway, back to the comparison
Lucid was a great and very complete OS, but it had its quirks
Precise on the other hand doesn’t feel complete in my eyes but the new UI has quadrupled my productivity as navigation is quicker, in my eyes they are pretty equivalent and once everything necessary is installed on Precise it is slightly superior.