Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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Unity was not influenced by Windows 8
by tupp on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 20:43 UTC
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Microsoft's bold interface gamble very much influenced Canonical in switching Ubuntu's interface to Unity. Mark Shuttleworth shed light on this in his talk at OSCON 2012:

Huh? Unity was already out a couple of years (and causing turmoil) before Windows 8 was released.

Shuttleworth was merely referencing Windows 8 in that recent speech.

If anything, I think that his motivation for Unity was more Apple inspired. As I recall, Shuttleworth proclaimed his adoration for Apple UIs around the time of the first backlash to Unity (and to Gnome 3). It seemed to me that he (and the Gnome folks) were trying "out-tard" Apple.

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