I've been trying to keep Quickstart versions in sync with Ubuntu's release cycle, and now that Ubuntu 11.10 is out, we're up for a new version.
The short version is, I don't recommend upgrading to 11.10, without making a snapshot you can roll-back to.
It may be some time before a major new version of Quickstart comes out. For newer users, I might download all the updates for the 1.0 version, and turn off the "Upgrade to 11.10" button and release it as version 1.1.
After upgrading my desktop to 11.10 and trying Gnome 3, Unity, and Gnome 2 (Gnome Classic) on Ubuntu 11.10, it's clear that Ubuntu's GUI is totally unusable for power users. Things like "min/max" buttons, Start menus, task bars, shortcut and notification bars are gone in Unity and Gnome 3. Ubuntu has been tooled for the most basic of users used to a smartphone interface. I wouldn't use this for a dev env, so I won't ask you to either :-)
Here's a rundown of what Ubuntu 11.10 ships with:
- Ubuntu's "Unity" is far to simple for a development environment
- Gnome 3 is also too simple, but with more polish. (Linus called it "crazy")
- Gnome 2 (which is what we're using now) is being discontinued, and after upgrading was broken.
So that leaves Quickstart in a bit of a twitch. There are some alternatives we can consider:
- Ubuntu with Gnome 3 - Plus alot of tweaking and pushing and pulling. This doesn't seem feasible. The Linux Mint distro was planning to extend Gnome 3 in future work.
- Kubuntu with KDE 4 - Linus abandoned this for Gnome 3, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
- Xubuntu with XFCE - (this is where Linus went). This is the most classic of the 3.
- Debian/Mint/distro-de-jour here - these will inevitably use Gnome, KDE, or XFCE
There is a center of gravity around Ubuntu that is nice. It's easy to find support and documentation. I'm going to start working with Kubuntu and Xubuntu and see what comes out of it. This is also a great opportunity to rework the install scripts in Puppet.
Anyways, there's alot in the works, and it will only get better from here :-)