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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A few weeks ago, I wrote about five features that make Ubuntu so much more enjoyable to use than certain less-Free operating systems. The comments on that post got me thinking about several other great features that I didn’t mention. So to give those their due, here’s a second list of five things Ubuntu does that I couldn’t live without.
Of course, I should preface this post, as I did the previous one, with the caveat that Ubuntu is far from perfect, and Windows far from useless. They’re both good at certain things. But Ubuntu wins hands-down on some counts, namely those below (among others).
Less cluttered system tray
Ubuntu system trayIt’s neat and compact, and only shows information I care about. I wish I could get rid of the ugly and minimally useful DropBox icon, but life’s not perfect, especially when proprietary software like DropBox is involved (if only UbuntuOne worked properly so I could leave DropBox’s ugliness behind, I’d be well pleased…although UbuntuOne is equally proprietary).
Admittedly, the system tray in Vista and Windows 7 may be a bit less aesthetically grotesque. Nonetheless, these operating systems still suffer from the obsession of every application with injecting an ugly and useless icon into the system tray in order to provide a minimally functional interface for a superfluous system process or application. Stuff like this drives me mad whenever I have to use Windows.