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Old 14. Nov 2017, 09:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Dedoimedo gives it "1/10. Hardly worth testing" with among other observations "making this possibly the least friendly Ubuntu desktop in a long time, if not ever".

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/...-aardvark.html
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Thanks MC for the link to a great review. I don't like the Ubuntu Dash, a customized version of Dash-to-Dock, either. I've replaced it with Dash-to-Panel, which is much better, and complete with a Show Desktop button.

To avoid the two docks mentioned in Dedoimedo's review, I've actually switched to a Gnome login session and it appears nicely with only one dock that is Dash-to-Panel, as shown here: https://www.techsupportalert.com/fre...tml#post122544

I installed multiple Linux distros in one PC dual-booting with Windows 10 on a GPT disk with protective MBR. In Linux Mint 18.1, I was able to use Grub-Customizer to edit the boot menu and install to MBR for chain-loading. While in Ubuntu 17.10, I could not do the same. Yet to find a solution.
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Another problem with Ubuntu 17.10 is that the "experimental" scaling of the screen has not been good enough. Without scaling, everything looks too small on a 13" HiDPI screen built with a physical resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With scaling, fonts become a bit blurred.

To solve this problem, I select 1368 x 768 pixels for the display in Ubuntu 17.10, while running it as 1920 x 1080 pixels in Windows 10. Will explore more on this using other Linux distros when I get time.
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Dedoimedo gives it "1/10. Hardly worth testing" with among other observations "making this possibly the least friendly Ubuntu desktop in a long time, if not ever".

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/...-aardvark.html

OUCH! Think I'll give it a miss
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OUCH! Think I'll give it a miss
Even if the thing worked it's still a big negative that users immediately need an extension to get what most folks would regard as a usable desktop.

Moving away from Unity was bound to create challenges but this result is much worse than that and hardly likely to halt Ubuntu's slide down the popularity charts.

How on earth they can still bill themselves as "the leading operating system for PC's " beats me.

Maybe they should adopt KDE as the default DE and call it KKKKUbuntu.
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Another problem with Ubuntu 17.10 is that the "experimental" scaling of the screen has not been good enough. Without scaling, everything looks too small on a 13" HiDPI screen built with a physical resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With scaling, fonts become a bit blurred.

To solve this problem, I select 1368 x 768 pixels for the display in Ubuntu 17.10, while running it as 1920 x 1080 pixels in Windows 10. Will explore more on this using other Linux distros when I get time.
Installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.2 on the laptop and everything looks too small on the HiDPI screen as well. Gnome Tweak Tool's scaling does not work well in Linux Mint. The best choice so far is to adjust and lower the screen resolution.

The installer of Linux Mint went through smoothly except for the last mile when it failed to install GRUB. Booted into Ubuntu and used Grub Customizer to scan for the bootloader in a Linux Mint system partition to add it to the Grub menu.

While Grub Customizer fails to write to MBR, using command efimanager in a terminal to change the order of the efi boot entries does the job.
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How on earth they can still bill themselves as "the leading operating system for PC's " beats me.
Doesn't say which direction!!
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Doesn't say which direction!!
Seems pretty obvious to me.... downhill!
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