If you don't like it, there's XFCE for you - it has been branded as the 'proper' DE by Torvalds himself.
For me, Unity allows for less clutter, faster access to files and software, more real estate. What it could do, is use Mutter instead of Compiz - it's faster and less bloated. (Gnome-shell uses it)
Just like my X-Fi sound blaster, being natively supported by linux 3.0. I need to manually reload the module every other wakeup from hibernation. That is of course, if I don't forget to take out the flash-drive from the port, because it breaks the wakeup completely, requiring me to do a hard reboot.
Since were at reboot, GRUB 2.0 is kinda nice.
Hmm, I pay $0.0053 per megabyte, $0.10 per minute and $0.06 per text. Pre-paid, no contract, 3 years until my balance expires. Of course that's in different currency, with 23% VAT included. You can multiply those values by three to get more western estimates. Brand new iPhone from iStore costs ~$850 though. With tax, without contract.
I think there's some room for improvement for US carriers.
On the other hand, average wage here oscillates somewhere near US minimal wage
And for Ubuntu, I reported message indicator not working properly with Empathy - its one of the nicest features in Unity. "It regressed". They will fix it in 12.04. Maybe. A bug has to wait half a year, because the package is frozen. I wonder if they do the same with security holes. And don't start me on the LTS version
Oh, and I shouldn't need to report bugs, Ubuntu has no bugs. Its open source, the all-knowing community squashes bugs in the planning stages.
But... To be fair, after trying 12.04, it is the best Ubuntu alpha I've ever seen. And Ubuntu+1 IRC channel activity would suggest its a smooth ride for other people too, so far. Although, they did not fix the Empathy bug, I have high hopes for it.
How could I, with clear conscience, use OS that was produced by such vile characters.
For the record, I'm perfectly fine with Arch Linux on my laptop.
And to be fair, proprietary nvidia drivers are far from flawless too - Most of the things work except one, kinda big thing - X server using one whole core, just to render the desktop. It's a "feature regression".
You wouldn't mind getting your email monitored if you didn't have anything evil to hide!
Oh, and that encrypted partition pretty much makes you a pedophile.
If a company is generating massive revenues from a dominant product (in this case web search advertising), using that revenue to fund development of a free product in another market can be viewed as an anticompetitive abuse of monopoly position.
So your saying that if I have funds to roll out a product, its unfair towards companies that don't have same amount of funds?
Generally BS - there always is economic justification in not cooking consumers that drive the economy. The same as there is economic sense in having seven children - in many parts of China, children are a form of retirement pension, well worth the fifteen years investment in food, as they will be repaying you back for the next thirty.
Short term investments in greener production can result in long term profits by not killing the planet, flooding Sahara, blowing up the sun or whatever the Greens have to say today.
Not to mention the consumerist value of the greenhouse effect - buy new, buy green! Buy a Mac that produces 15% less greenhouse gases and save the planet.
Well, that is, if the greenhouse effect is true.
"Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is to a cockatoo." -- George Bernard Shaw