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Unity just isn't for me. I miss the widgets you could add to the old gnome panels. I tried to get gnome working like it used to in the newest ubuntu but it proved too difficult.

Eventually I gave up and installed Mint.

From what I've read about the subject, canonical's decision to make their own UI isn't universally popular, so I assume that there are some decent alternatives. What would be a good course of action for me to get my system back how I want it. Should I install Debian?

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closed as not constructive by Bruno Pereira, fossfreedom, jrg, bodhi.zazen, Octavian Damiean Feb 13 '12 at 21:59

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Use an alternate window manager –  bodhi.zazen Feb 13 '12 at 21:58
Options are available, this question is silly just for that. If you don't like Unity you have at least 4 other alternatives just within Ubuntu. –  Bruno Pereira Feb 13 '12 at 21:59
Possible duplicate - askubuntu.com/questions/65083/… however, I've voted to close this as not constructive because its more of a rant than a question. –  jrg Feb 13 '12 at 21:59
@jrg I didn't use any inflammatory language, and my tone was only negative enough to express my situation. I was asking for answers to a valid (and not uncommon) question. It was not a rant. I do appreciate the link to the related question. I will check it out. –  user973810 Feb 13 '12 at 22:02
@user973810 what he meant by rant was the 'useless' information. i.e you're research into the unpopularity of unity. - generally these types of blurbs are viewed as non-constructive (don't confuse that with us thinking you are being negative... think what if another user stumbles unto this from Google.. we want them to only have the facts, and not opinions) - I hope you can find what you are looking for in the linked post. If not come swing by the Chat and we can have an open discussion on the subject of DE's –  rlemon Feb 13 '12 at 22:07

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