With all it’s faults I still like Unity Desktop

I’ve always preferred Unity desktop’s HUD and Lens over GNOME’s Activities. In all likelihood I’ll keep both desktop environments installed after Bionic Beaver is released later this week.

GNOME has a better workflow but I never liked the amount of vertical space wasted between the top bar and window below.

Unity’s Lens are largely useless, so perhaps I’ll drop both for a more traditional approach.

Lubuntu minimal with i3wm had been my primary desktop since December so its the strongest contender.

I may hop to other flavors like Budgie, XFCE or MATE.

Peppermint is another option although it won’t be based on 18.04 for a few months.

Testing i3wm in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Testing i3wm in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

I merely installed i3 and some of my favorite settings from my previous i3 setup. The only thing to note is the additional RAM usage at about 1GB in here vs my previous Lubuntu minimal 16.04 setup. I presume much of the RAM is reserved for the additional functionality at the Kernel level vs Lubuntu which is far more lightweight.

However, this does appear crisper and just as snappy.

Replay by Ken Grimwood (1998)

Some night time time travel reading from 1998 Replay by Ken Grimwood. Jeff Winston dies at 43 and travels back in time to his 18 year old self with his memory of what comes next.

A result of my trip to Powell’s Bookstore in Portland where I walked in with no plan or expectations on what to buy. They had an end cap on the Sci-Fi stacks promoting time travel and this was what caught my eye.