Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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RE: The unquestioned assumption
by Lunitik on Fri 8th Mar 2013 20:27 UTC in reply to "The unquestioned assumption"
Lunitik
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I am not sure how you are defining usability, but if you are intending "lets me accomplish my intended goal" then I agree.

I think Linux enthusiasts need to better understand what people are actually trying to do with their computers these days. Primarily, that is socializing and entertainment. Most people in the Linux space are still talking about the core tasks of an enterprise though, browsing, e-mail, office, things like this. This isn't going to push adoption.

Ubuntu is beginning to have a great story for these people, the gaming space is a good example in the entertainment space. Something like Netflix needs to get on board, too, and it would begin to be an appealing option. Still, simply offering the same functionality is not going to draw people in though, at the end of the day you need a wow factor.

Apple benefited by being the first in the smartphone and tablet spaces, but have not learned their lessons with being closed. Microsoft benefited last time by permitting a wider range of companies to benefit from offering their product. Right now, Android is benefiting from this, but I don't see people particularly committed to it - it is just more affordable and offered on their particular ISP mostly. Ubuntu can capitalize on this, people are already responding positively to the touch interface and these days most online services already have a mobile version even if they don't adopt Ubuntu proper.

For me, though, I can't wait to get the Ubuntu Touch interface on my desktop! To be perfectly honest, I don't even care what is rendering it on the screen provided it works.

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