I am not sure – yet – if it will be a permanent change or if it will be a temporary one.
From one site there is the corporate look of OpenSuSE and KDE. From the other side there is the more modern desktop that I can get with Ubuntu and (argh – yet 😉 ) Gnome.
I am always trying to find better ways to have information available on my desktop, to improve my workflow, to get more from my tools without having the system cluttering my view.
With that, I have always been a fan of the summary information available on Macs on the top bar, while keeping more intrusive information on the bottom bar.
But, at the same time, I have always been concerned with the waste of space that two bars led to in KDE.
So, this week, I downloaded Ubuntu and yesterday I spent the day installing it.
The installation itself was very very easy. Finding the new work method is what is taking me some more time, but I have already restablished my environment. (Of course, most of it remained intact since I kept my home directory from the previous install and I just replaced the system mount points.)
As with every unplanned change I forgot to backup some things – but this will lead to another post in the future, since it relates to software development and the move from development to production as well as the build up of a migration path for that to happen – and had to review my notes on how to rebuild that.
After a few hours with setting up everything and working on customization, I found that it was like I wanted. Then, it was time to pay attention to the gadgets and other – ahem – productivity tools.
So, after all, the hugest difference to me has been the package management system. All the rest is almost the same – and I have a new look on my desktop.