Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2012 22:53 UTC, submitted by fran
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu As much as I dislike Unity, I commend the Ubuntu team and Shuttleworth for having the guts to try to innovate and bring the desktop forward (pretty much the exact same can be said of KDE4 and GNOME3). Shuttleworth has just announced yet another significant change for Ubuntu, and it's all about replacing the menu with a search interface dubbed the HUD.
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Comment by Bishi
by Bishi on Tue 24th Jan 2012 23:26 UTC
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The concept is simple and cool. Imagine this menu powered by some kind of fuzzy search (think Wolfram Alpha, you can write anything but the machine understands you), and, suddenly, you can use this HUD in nearly any program, as long as you have a remote idea of what you want to do. Another thing this HUD needs to have is shortcut support. If I write a single 'x', the system has to highlight the 'cut' option before any other options beginning with an 'x'.

Discoverability remains a problem. It's an important drawback, but there is time to test a lot of solutions. Some quick ideas:
- Help slideshow: illustrations showing the available actions.
- Grouped actions: Instead of menu items, the HUD brings out buttons, like Microsoft ribbon pieces. This way we see some related actions each time the HUD is used.

Anyway, I think this feature can attract both novice and power users. I'd love to select some files and type 'group in folder My files' to create a new folder named 'My files' and move the selected items into it.

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