As some of you already know by reading the blog “Larry the Free Software Guy,” I spent about a week — OK, it was only five days — trying to find what was so special about Unity on Ubuntu 12.04.
To quote Virginia Woolf, who said this about Oakland: “There’s no ‘there’ there.” In fact, while the desktop environment atop Ubuntu might work for some, I find it lacking in a lot of important respects. So I didn’t find anything.
Scratch that: I did find something. I found out how much I missed using CrunchBang on a regular basis, and I was very happy to get back to it on an uninterrupted daily basis. I fought sleep last night to install it back on the ThinkPad T30 and this morning I have both laptops on which I do most of my work running CrunchBang — the ZaReason Alto 3880 “football” which goes with me everywhere, and this ThinkPad which looks more like a NASCAR racer than a laptop, with all its stickers.
It’s good to be home.
(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)