Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 17:52 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu In a surprise move (at least, it was surprising to me), Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has announced he's stepping down as the CEO of Canonical, the commercial endeavour behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution. He will continue, however, to play major role in the company and Ubuntu's future.
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Oh no! More Shuttleworth "design"?
by gabe on Thu 17th Dec 2009 19:30 UTC
gabe
Member since:
2009-07-25

Mark may fancy himself a product design type, but he's got a way to go on that front.

The Nautilus "mixed spatial/browse" mode was awful, and was directly pushed by Mark before being forgotten about. Now we have big gaps above libnotify popups and horrible "message indicator" applets (hey look, it's a whole new notification system and launch paradigm - just for messaging applications!)

Oh, and the fast-user-switch applet has every shutdown option right there in the menu, and insists on polluting my taskbar with a Unix username, all in lower case. How's that for good design?

In general, Canonical applications and artwork nearly always fall short of a good user experience. Launchpad is only now starting to look decent and work well. Ubuntu One is still shaky-feeling. The default Karmic panel applet setup is boggling and clunky.

I'm glad Mark is refocusing on the areas he's passionate about. I just hope he's not intending to be the final arbiter of Ubuntu design decisions.

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Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

Oh, and the fast-user-switch applet has every shutdown option right there in the menu, and insists on polluting my taskbar with a Unix username, all in lower case. How's that for good design?

This one particularly bugs me. Panel space is limited. Do you know of any way at all to get rid of the username and still keep the applet?

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zegenie Member since:
2005-12-31

I thought that applet had a settings dialog. Mine did in 9.04, where you could select what to display. I think the options were "username", "icon", and something similar. I know I changed mine to a user icon just because I didn't want it to take up space.

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

Why don't you just change the Real Name to something shorter? You could even change it to Menu or System or something if you wanted.

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Dasher42 Member since:
2007-04-05

It's sad that you're right and yet Ubuntu and Gnome go well beyond the current state of KDE's user interaction. Gnome almost reaches Mac-like levels of fluidity, where keystrokes are consistent between applications and there's a minimum of keys and clicks to do something. Dialogs take instant effect and allow you to revert instead of

I believe in the underlying power of the KDE framework, but they need to at least catch up to Gnome for elegance and cleanliness. As it is, when I configure a desktop or a panel under Plasma, I feel like I'm about to be asked to fill out a TPS report to get it done.

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

And that's why I basically do it only once.

I would like to see KDE adopt Gnome's instant-apply behavior, but that would be a major change of their HIG.

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