(The introduction to this series can be found HERE. Have a read.)

Okay, so today is Sunday, so I am not spending a lot of time on the laptop. I decided to test Unity with the SaGeek 25 Part test to see how it fares.

Let’s see how it did?

What are we testing?

The interface, as if it were part of Ubuntu today. Now Netbook Edition users will be experiencing Unity as part of their everyday environment, so this test should reflect their computing experience right now.

Since Unity is part of a released environment I am not going to cut it the same slack I would Gnome Shell since it cannot be considered beta any more.

I added a new criteria: “Open Program Accessibility.” This indicates how well the interface presents open programs to the user, feedback on program events like notifying of needed action, and ease of going to an open window that is hidden. In this area Unity does the best of all because it integrates that information in one area – the Unity Launcher.

MacOS would do very well here too, with the dock providing great feedback to the user. The only thing that would keep the MacOS dock from giving OSX a 100% score here would be that it can get VERY cluttered. Unity Launcher comes very close to MacOS in this test.

Two areas where Unity really fails, and scores a 0 is setting up, and accessing network shares. If the user does not know how to access regular nautilus he would have no way of doing either. (If I missed an obvious way to do this I really want to know.)

25 Part Test Scores

Have a look at the scores below:

Tests G-Shell Mint 9 KDE Win7 Ubuntu Unity
Join Wifi Network 100 80 80 100 100
Join Wired Network 100 100 50 100 100
Set Proxy 50 70 57.14 66.67 66.67
Get Network Info 50 80 25 50 50
Change Desktop Background 100 100 80 100 75
Change Theme 100 75 100 100 75
Set Screen Rez 66.67 80 100 80 80
Set Up Network Share 100 66.67 80 100 0
Access Network Share 100 100 66.67 100 0
Get Hardware Info 50 66.67 100 66.67 66.67
Get System Usage Info 50 66.67 100 66.67 66.67
Open Program Accessibility 25 85 80 85 90
Play Audio CD 100 75 100 100 100
Access USB Drive 100 100 50 100 100
Play Youtube 50 100 33.33 80 80
Play MP3 50 100 100 80 80
Open PDF 100 100 33.33 100 100
Look For Specific Software 75 100 28.57 75 90
Check For System Updates 75 100 50 66.67 66.67
Supported Architecture 100 100 100 100 100
Shut Down 66.67 66.67 66.67 66.67 66.67
Battery Life 75 80 90.91 75 85
Atheros Support 100 100 100 100 100
Codec Support 75 100 100 75 75
WEP Support 100 33.33 100 100 100
Totals 1958.34 2125.01 1871.62 2133.35 1913.35
Percentage Score 78.3336 85.0004 74.8648 85.334 76.534

So there you have it. Surprisingly Gnome Shell outperforms Unity. I think part of that is because I have no way currently to test the presentation of information to the user over some areas. I will work on that and get it ready for a future review.

The two zeros also hurt Unity in the final score. If it had scored perfect 100’s in both like Ubuntu did it would get an overall score of 85.534 – outperforming Gnome Shell. Just something to think about.

Summary Day Five

I am warming to Unity. Regardless of the scores I prefer it to Gnome Shell – it is easier to interact with, and does not hide my information from me like Gnome Shell does.

I am also working on some themes for my personal entertainment – I now have a nifty snakeskin Unity Launcher, looks really wicked. I’ll see how I feel about them and maybe share them with you… (Tonite I am going to snakeskin my Top Panel and Ubuntu Icon Area too… just because I can…) UPDATE: Look at the day four post to see my new snakeskin theme.

DAY Six is up. Updating as the day goes along. Read it HERE.

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