Please respect the fact that yours is one voice and one set of opinions. We can’t just change everything because you say so.
This is just my opinion concerning the graphic part (gdm theme, transparency dock ubuntu) indeed but concerning the snaps, I summarized the criticisms that I regularly read on the French-speaking forum of Ubuntu. So it’s not just my personal opinion about snaps.
I wrote a blog post recently which explains why we did the transition. Take time to read and understand, please.
I’m aware of it but that’s not a good reason because all other linux distributions offer Chromium in their repository. Even distributions with far fewer developers than you behind offers chromium in the repositories.
Ubuntu is the one and only linux distribution that imposes Chromium in a universal package with Snap, strange no?
Moreover, the developer of Linux Mint (the most used distribution based on Ubuntu) criticized this choice.
Nevertheless, I understood that you do not want to go back, however, but I had to remember this mistake.
Simply because the default snaps do not provide any advantage but simply a big disadvantage: they are less efficient.
The most visible for novices being the calculator which is often used, it is much slower to launch at the 1st start.
(I remind you that most users turn off their computer so it is important that the first start of an application in a session is fast).
The problem you’re explaining is that there’s a performance problem with some snaps. We should fix that, rather than just throw the technology away.
I’m not saying throwing snap technology in the garbage, I’m just saying it should remain an alternative method but not the default one.
For example, the astronomy software “Celestia” is very painful to install under Ubuntu (it requires old dependencies) and it is difficult to run it on a recent version of Ubuntu. A Celestia snap would be very interesting for example (noted that it unfortunately does not exist).
But a classic software like Firefox, Chromium, VLC… I don’t see the point.
The upstream developers removed functionality from Files (Nautilus) which was added back by an extension. Is there a problem with this? Is there a bug tracking it?
Yes it exists in bug reports but it is not really a bug, apparently it is not possible without making a change to “Mutter”.
But personally it does not bother me too much because we can still drag and drop using the “office” folder. I indicated this point in relation to criticism from the Ubuntu forum (it is especially for novices the problem actually).
for example : https://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=2044427
bug rapport : https://gitlab.gnome.org/World/ShellExtensions/desktop-icons/issues/22
or on launchpad ubuntu : https://bugs.launchpad.net/gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons/+bug/1813441
Possibly. The problem with GNOME Tweak tool is that it’s very easy to break your desktop with it. By “break” I mean “get a black screen when you boot”. Novice users who are left with a broken desktop after fiddling with a tweak tool will be left very unhappy. We should instead ensure that whatever you do in GNOME Tweak can’t possibly leave the system in a broken state.
For information, many consumer Linux distributions that target beginners allow users to customize their distribution. Ubuntu is actually one of the few distributions where you can’t easily change the default theme without adding an additional tool manually.
However, for me it doesn’t change anything since I systematically install it. Again, I was speaking for the novices.
It would be interesting to develop support for a guest session for Gnome so that in public places, Ubuntu can be used with sessions that empty at each closing. All you have to do is add a script linked to a special account.
I was aware of the disappearance of this feature in GDM but it seems that it can be easily scripted. If a Ubuntu developer (randomly, didrock? ) could take care of that, basically he just has to do an “rm -r” on the personal folder of the guest account to start from 0 on the profile.
This is a debian packaging question. You (or someone you know) could learn packaging and submit the folder-color package to Ubuntu (or prererably to Debian - so everyone downstream from Debian will benefit). The Ubuntu archive is a commons of software maintained by a wide pool of people. You could help.
In fact it is fine in the repositories, my question was simply to propose that it be installed by default, most users not knowing that this simple package allows to colorize folders of any color which can be interesting.
cf : https://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=folder-color&searchon=names&suite=all§ion=all
I am in two minds about this one. The kernels provided in the Ubuntu archive are supported by the Ubuntu Kernel and Ubuntu Security Teams. The problem with the tools available elsewhere is they often allow users to install insecure, unsupported kernels which actually break other functionality. I think a user typically doesn’t care what kernel they have, so this would be a real expert-mode option which only a small number of people would be interested in. Someone could develop such a tool and package it up!
that’s why I proposed as 2nd possibility to put only the starting kernel and the last one which are all 2 supported in term of security update.
For example those currently under 18.04.3 have kernel 5.0 which is still maintained by the kernel team of Ubuntu. But this is also the case of the starting 4.15 kernel.
Someone with 4.15 may want to put the last supported for new hardware.
Currently it must be done on the command line.