"Ubuntu Natty Narwhal will usher in a major change to the
distro's desktop appearance. The new Unity shell design will
present a new appearance, a version of which I've been using on
netbooks and laptops. I realize that my displeasure with Unity is
based on my personal preferences for how I compute. But I subscribe
to the theory that if something isn't broken, don't try to fix it.
I think the Unity design goes too far.
"The upcoming new Unity shell design for the next release of
Canonical's Ubuntu 11.04 could change the face of the popular Linux
desktop as we know it. Canonical creator Mark Shuttleworth is
pushing the change to Unity while other Linux distros are rolling
into GNOME 3.
"Linux Picks this week takes a look at this new desktop shell
for Ubuntu. I have been using the Unity edition Canonical released
for netbooks in its Ubuntu 10.10 Remix edition on both my
small-screen netbook and wide-screen notebook. For newcomers to
Ubuntu or small-screen computers, Unity offers usability advantages
over both the Gnome and KDE desktops for Linux"