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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The unity shell and the top panel was always a design headache for those who behind the development. The design in its current form itself was criticized by many and was one of the reasons why many people hated unity. The daily builds of the unity 2D had a new iteration of the design apparently trying to solve some of the issues associated with the desktop shell. The new design now is now causing far more criticism than the current version.
The image above shows the Ubuntu 11.04 unity in its current incarnation. The current version have too many things going on the left hand top corner of the screen. There is the ubuntu button (BFB) with ubuntu logo,