It was so different from previous Ubuntu releases that I really couldn't stand it.
On the other hand, there are those who have grown to love Unity. Tony Bradley at PC World initially used Ubuntu Classic but then switched back to Unity. Is he crazy? Or perhaps he just found that it worked well for him, once he gave it a chance and got used to it?
I think his experience has probably been mirrored by a lot of other Ubuntu users. Some were aghast and horrified by Unity, but it probably grew on them over time. I'm sure by this point Unity has some users who wouldn't want to use anything else, and who would react very negatively if Canonical suddenly decided to get rid of it.
After poking around the Unity interface a bit, I had switched back to the Ubuntu Classic desktop at the urging of some reader comments. But, today I decided to take a close look at Unity, and what unique features and functions it brings to the mix.
As it turns out, there is a lot I love about Unity. Why? Well, I know that some Linux loyalists are tiring of me comparing Ubuntu to Windows (although that is essentially the premise of the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series), but the reason I love Unity is that it offers many of the same features and functions I love about Windows 7.
As with so many things in life, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Ubuntu still has many users and probably will as long as it exists. The folks that didn't like Unity have decamped to Linux Mint and other distros, which is also as it should be. To each his or her own, in all things, but especially in Linux.
What's your take on Unity? Are you using it? Did it make you leave Ubuntu for another distro? Tell me in the comments below.