I know I promised that I would try not to bash Lucid Lynx too much in this post, so I’ll get it out of the way at the beginning. WAY TO JUMP ON THE RIDIN’ APPLE’S D*CK BANDWAGON! Everything from the default login screen to the location of the Min/Max/Close buttons screams Mac OS X.
That being said, I must admit that it is a refreshing change from the old theme. Though I did rather like that theme. One of the biggest “flaws” in my opinion was moving the Min/Max/Close (mmc) buttons to the left. You can either get used to this or move them back where they belong (on the right). Moving them isn’t difficult at all, just run
gconf-editor. Then go to apps>metacity>general and from the list on the right choose button_layout; change its value to either
The former puts a simple menu button on the left side like you are used to from previous versions, while the latter has no such menu button. Either way the mmc buttons are now back on the right.
Next is the terminal, you would think it is impossible to mess this up. Well they did and fortunately they provided the tools to easily fix their blunder. Who thought that white text on a PURPLE background was a good idea? Well just open a terminal, select edit and then choose Profiles… (or Profile Preferences). From here it is pretty self explanatory on how to get what you want. Also a new feature that I like is that you can now choose the default size of the terminal from this location. Before you would have to edit a file (who’s name I can’t recall at the moment). Other than that, it’s still the terminal we have all known and loved (you better love it or you’ll be severely limited in what you can do).
The notification applet/panel has changed some as well. I suppose it has its improvements but I can’t seem to find them. However, I can’t find any real faults with it either, so the jury is still out. I will say however, that it is a little annoying at times.
The set of default background are amazing. For the first time I haven’t had to go to Google and do an image search to find one that I would like to use. At least they got this part right I suppose. Also the icon set didn’t get worse, I’m pretty impartial about this change as well. The default theme is pretty good, but the only thing that bothered me about it is that when I made my top panel transparent it left behind regions that were still gray. To change this I just changed to the Dust theme, which more or less looks exactly the same.
The screensaver selection has been drastically reduced since 8.04. So either hope that the one you like is still there or you will be forced do download one that you do like.
Next post will be about the pre-installed applications and what I chose to add/remove.