Just wanted to share some feedback about 18.04 Gnome Desktop that I had just upgraded to from 16.04, because my general experience is that it is slow and it is a step back.
- I had to upgrade to 18.04 because i needed postgresql 10. Most of my servers were 18.04.
- I am a linux user for about 20 years now so I know my way around
- do-release-update worked right to the moment of reboot
- Legacy boot - because I had this option for legacy boot in my bios it took me some time to figure out how to make it boot again. All, I mean all of my colleagues had had a similar problem after we discussed it at lunch. So something that breaking is a lot damaging for ubuntu experience. Some note, easily visible and accessible, or a warning during upgrade would have been really nice.
- So it took me about 4 hours from do-release-upgrade to while I was again able to log into my machine. Which is about half a day with almost no access to the machine
- 18.04 is visibly slower. I have not spend time identifying why but a simple Alt-Tab takes like 2-3 times more. An yes, it is a feeling, I’ve not measured it yet, but it is there.
- While login there is not indication of the language you are typing
- Workspaces are a huge issue. I suppose that developers and community members participating in the decisions over the changes in new LTS have more understanding about the needs of this same community. Thank being said for the last day or so there is not a single person I’ve met and talked about 18.04 that has not mentioned “Workspaces”. I could even share that I am one of the few that has managed through persistence and great dedication of about 1.5 hours to return again to a workspace grid with Alt+Tab not switching between all the windows in all the workspaces, but just between the windows on this workspace. And I still have not return to a completely working state where the workspace switches shows the windows that are on this workspace, but I kind of spent my time and energy budget on this already.
- Suddenly the whole screen is one “bar” less. This is because I currently have Firefox with the “All time topics - Ubuntu Community Hub - Mozilla Firefox” bar at the top and than above it there is the “Activities” bar
I can continue, but I hope this could serve as feedback to the people that are actually part of the decision making process.