I have commented in the past on how the needs of the average computer user are sometimes at odds with the wants of the power Linux user. Linux nerds revel in the myriad choices while new users are dazzled and confused. Canonical came up with an environment specifically catered to the novice. It doesn’t change, it doesn’t overwhelm them with choices and it doesn’t get in the way. Sit one of these folks down in front of KDE, Cinnamon, MATE or even the simplistic Gnome 3 and they are just lost. I’ve seen it time and time again. When I put someone in front of Unity, they start clicking icons in the launcher and they say, “OK, this is how I find programs… There’s my browser… Here are the files… Oh, that’s settings… Cool.” They’re good to go and don’t care one bit about the lack of customization or the relative speed of the desktop. They can get to their stuff and that’s all that matters to them. Period.
I find it very ironic that one of the most divisive things that ever hit the Linux scene is a Desktop Environment called Unity. For those of you who are late to the party, Unity was introduced by Canonical in 2010 and became the default desktop experience on Ubuntu with the release of Ubuntu 11.04. Unity is both loved and hated, depending on who you’re talking to at the moment, and all you gotta do to start a lively discussion is bring it up in mixed (Linux minded) company. Opinions about Unity range from absolute disdain to unabashed “fanboyism.”
uNav, a turn-by-turn GPS navigator and map viewer for Ubuntu Touch, has been upgraded once more, and a number of features have been improved.
uNav is one of the most downloaded applications on the Ubuntu phones, but that's not all that surprising, given the fact that it's also the only one of its kind. The developer of uNav has put in a lot of effort into building this application, and it's really impressive what he has managed to do with it, especially since it's not ported from another platform or based on another project.
It has been a while since we last heard something from the development team of the File Roller archive manager, which is used by default in the GNOME desktop environment and any GNU/Linux operating system that uses the GNOME Stack.
File Roller 3.20 has just entered development for the upcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, and its development team managed to release the first milestone a couple of days ago. As usual, we managed to get our hands on the internal changelog for File Roller 3.19.1 to share with our readers some details about the newly implemented features.