Gee, what a surprise.
Some years back I decided to play around with FVWM. I was astounded with quality the man pages. FVWM isn't so much a window manager as it is a window manager *kit*, with lots & lots of configuration options. But the documentation is some of the best I've seen.
I've just been trying to work with lightdm here, myself (disable guest login & not auto-fill-in the last user name) and found the same as you. The config files have even been moved and no-one bothered to mention that.
Anyway, I usually end up in some user forum or other. Luckily I haven't had many unique problems. Almost always someone, somewhere, has had to figure it out before me & is willing to pass on the info.
Mine is a TPLINK WDR3600. Simultaneous dual-band, gigabit everything, 2 USB ports, and even a real power button (!). It's been running "ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT (12.09, r36088) " for a little more than a year and it's great.
This is the country where those in charge are so terrified of any change they had TV commercials promoting $1 coins - and then gave up on them. They are also afraid of big changes to US notes (why not make them from plastic like Australia does?) in order to fight counterfeiting. In this, as in all other technology, the USA will be well behind the rest of the world.
My most recent acquisition was 2 cfl lamps included in a free energy-saver kit from the city. Included was a water saver showerhead, water-saver nozzles for the kitchen & bathroom faucets & 2 cfl lamps. Not bad for free. 'Course if you break down my tax bill I figure those cfl lamps cost about $22.25 each.
You all know that they have the technology - via the digital set-top boxes - to only charge you for the minutes you watch, but no-one even talks about that. Why am I paying for ESPN even when I'm watching NBC?
That's why the cable companies are "fighting" ala carte & will finally give in. They don't want folks really thinking about this.
If my phone company can charge me by the minute why can't the cable TV company?
I'll check this out - it's nice to see something from EFF that I can install to match my EFF stickers
Some small nuclear reactors can be quite stable and run for a long time...
This might be a step in the right direction. I can't even leave an app review on the Play Store unless I sign up for Google +. Kill it now.
I forgot to put in there that I'm running an Nvidia GeForce GT630 & using the proprietary driver.
I've been using it since the beta & it runs very well. Netflix & Steam install very quick & easy & run well.
This is my longest experience with Unity & I've found it's not too bad, either. Experience with OSX helps get used to the non-menu way of selecting a program but in use it's really like a menu, anyway. (click the Ubuntu logo thingy [or super-a] -> apps -> internet -> firefox) And at least when you bring up the program selection it doesn't cover the entire desktop.
I also like that they are trying to conserve vertical space by putting the launcher on the left edge instead of the bottom and eliminating the menu bar on windows. Moving the menus sounded odd 'till I learn why and , again, experience with Macs helps get used to it.
But Unity is slow compared to other desktops, and very difficult to customize.
I may still go back to XFCE just to get the 'right-click on the desktop for a menu' back. (or I could just install Windowmaker... hmmm)
But overall Ubuntu 14.04 has been very stable & runs quite nicely.
Ahhh... so it's like cricket, then?
You say , "... the behaviour should be correct the first time..." and this is wrong. The behaviour should be *selectable* by the user. That's why folks are asking for checkboxes and configuration dialogs. The behaviour cannot possibly be "correct" because it is a preference and what I prefer may not be what you prefer.
I realize that the Gnome folks really believe there is only one correct way for the desktop to look and behave, but they are wrong.
They do that deliberately just to keep you away.
Allright, according to you the guy's a prick. So how does that extrapolate to saying no to an LTS release of Ubuntu Gnome?