Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 1st Oct 2009 21:02 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We reported earlier on a blog post entitled "Ubuntu Report Card (2009)" where the author detailed how they felt the Ubuntu experience had improved over the years. In a follow-up series of articles looking at the future, Tanner Helland has written 10 different broadly-scoped feature requests that [he] 'and many others would like to see by the time Ubuntu 10.10 rolls around'.
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Paper Cuts
by NathanHill on Thu 1st Oct 2009 23:07 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

Point 10 is dead on.

I love to try Ubuntu, because I appreciate the vision and work behind the project... but I then end up just getting paper cuts trying to do simple, intuitive things.

For instance, I still don't get why there are two areas in the System menu bar for system type stuff - Preferences and Administration is just frustratingly arcane. If I want to change the look and feel and configuration of the OS, aren't I administrating it? I never know which one to look in to change the things I want.

And even then, I rarely use anything in the Administration menu - why not just clear it out if people aren't going to use it? Make an Administration Utility which pulls those rarely used functions together in one place.

And then get rid of the System Menu altogether and move it to the Application menu under a System folder.

Lots of little things can be worked on while still being different and keeping a sense of unique style.

Glad to see some developers are talking about these things.

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RE: Paper Cuts
by gohmifune on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 00:48 in reply to "Paper Cuts"
gohmifune Member since:
2008-12-01

It seems to me that the goals in linux reflect promoting certain usage habits under certain conditions, which all operating systems do. You can ask for special icons, here but chances, just as many people won't want them there, etc. You fix something, you break something. I don't see how asking for Feature X in Scenario X when the Linux way seems to be finding trying to find Feature Y that works in every scenario.

Else we wouldn't keep dropping back to plain text and the Command Line. No criticizes the process, just the results of the results of the process.

Edited 2009-10-02 00:59 UTC

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