I have unity, gnome-shell and xubuntu on my laptop. They all have their favorite preinstalled programs it seems. Do I really need three text editors for example? Could I remove two and just have the other desktops use the one I keep? It seems as though I could get rid of all video playback programs as well and just use vlc for example. Am I going to mess something up? I am new to all this.
I bought a Dell Inspiron 17R 5720 today. It came with Ubuntu 11.10 preinstalled. I tried it out, but it's something terrible. First of all, it's pure Unity without gnome 2 or even gnome 3 (only Unity/Unity 2D). I was unable to find synaptic, but somehow opened a terminal and tried to install ubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop, but first is installed already and second is not found.
I imagine this is a pretty dull question on these fora, but my situation is a little different. I've been using ubuntu for ages now, but I am a bit buggered by the lack of support for some of my hardware. Specifically the ATI Radeon® X1200 video card. ATI no longer supports the card, and the drivers are no longer compatible with Ubuntu (9.04 onwards).
I was planning on installing a new linux distribution and I am thinking of trying GNOME 3 interface. Other than Fedora 16 ( which has GNOME 3 as default) which other distro supports it? I know it can be installed from the repository(before you downvote me). But I tried the GNOME 3 on OpenSuse and had hard time running it; it never really integrated fully.
Gnome 3.2 and 3.4 had acceptable performance (using 'radeon') but 3.6 had slightly jerky animations and now installing 3.8 beta from the PPA on raring, it seems it is very slow, jerky and unusable. Setting Clutter Vblank to none improves performance but still very choppy and annoying, Anyone know anything about this?