Fool me thrice …

I’ve now tried to do upgrades from 10.04 to Maverick Meerkat three times and each time I’ve reverted to 10.04 within a day. There was a fair amount of general instability, and for instance, in the last case OpenOffice.org Writer crashed any time I tried to save any files. Normally I’ve upgrade to the development release somewhere between Alpha3 and Beta. I’m not sure if it’s that 10.04 has just been such an exceptional release or if Maverick is still a bit rough around the edges, thoughts? For the first time I’m even contemplating not upgrading this go-round.

However, there are some things I’m looking forward to in Ubuntu 10.10. First off, I’m a netbook-bound computer user so I’m really intrigued about what the Canonical team is doing with Unity. I was a big fan of the previous netbook UI (using netbook-launcher, maximus, and friends) and have my doubts about Unity. I’ve tried the Dx team PPA to use Unity on 10.04. It seems slick, but quite resource intensive and a bit incomplete. I’m concerned about the amount of screen real estate used up by the new sidebar. On my netbook it makes web browsing (which is a huge part of my day) more difficult. Ultimately I wonder if Unity is going to be too slick for it’s own good, at least in the short run. However, if anybody can pull it off, Neil Patel and co. are the guys to do it.

I’m also looking forward to the indicator work. So far I haven’t found indicators to be all that useful. Sure, they look pretty, and I can swipe across them, but I don’t use the Messaging Menu very often except to start apps (which I can easy do in other ways) and I never use the Me Menu (the one where you can set your status). However, adding networking and time menus might help make the whole thing a bit more useful. Thoughts?

Lastly, I’m eager to so what Ken VanDine has down with libgwibber. This is a library (with vala, python, and C# bindings) that provides microblogging services and GTK widgets. I would love to use it to create a simple, Vala-based Twitter client.

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