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HUD = Horrible Ubuntu Design

Posted on: January 25, 2012

Once upon a time, roughly April 2010, there was a Linux operating system called Ubuntu that was on the verge of becoming mainstream for home computers. Easy to use, easy to recommend. Simple clean user interface that only needed 5 minutes training for Windows and OSX users to get going. What happens next appears to down to one of two things… conspiracy or cock-up.

The conspiracy theory is that other operating system makers placed their own people within the Linux and Ubuntu community to ruin Ubuntu and the immediate future of Linux on the desktop.

The cock-up theory is that the management of Ubuntu are so visionary and looking into the future that they did not see the immediate problems with their track in front of them and just derailed.

Either way, in 2012 the Linux desktop market is so fragmented with multiple versions of Linux that newcomers looking for a stable operating system cannot find anything close to the stability of Windows or OSX and give up reverting to a proprietary operating system, as ‘free’ does not mean better to them.

To highlight this Linux problem, the latest Ubuntu feature is to reintroduce typing in the mouse / touch driven menus system. While the rest of the world moves to touch based computers, Ubuntu thinks the future is in typing in a command line to start a program, just like it was still 1982, 10 PRINT “hello world”.

Their new ‘HUD – Head Up Display’ can be seen here:

You can almost see their train of thought, converting the HUD into a voice driven system in a few years but reliable fully voice driven computers are still mostly science fiction.

Until we all talk routinely to our computers, our own operating system PrentOS under development will be strictly mouse and keyboard. Touch may be added in the future as it would fit well with our ARM based version but typing commands to start a program will always remain in the geek domain.

init 6 please Ubuntu…



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