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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RE: Comment by Luminair
by 5cro7um on Wed 25th Jan 2012 07:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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Read the original article - it seem OSnews din't before paraphrasing.

What they're proposing replacing at _this_stage_ is the "tap [Alt]" to drive menus with the keyboard.

Mouse-driven menus remain - they're just providing a search-oriented interface to discover menu items when you don't know where to click. The results will show the menu option that delivers the result you're after, and then after that you're free to mouse-click away.

Replacement of the menu is on the cards - _eventually_ - but only once they come up with a suitable alternative. At the moment all that's being replaced is "tap {alt} to drive your menu via a keyboard".

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by cyrilleberger on Wed 25th Jan 2012 08:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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Well the original article is unclear (for the alt-tap thing, you have to look in the comments), and in the screenshot the menu is gone, giving a false impression. but if the menu is kept, this is actually a very good idea, one that I have been thinking of implementing for Krita and never done so by lazyness. And something that is actually allready existing in many professional application, such as CAD.
However, I am unsure if simply taking the actions from the menus will be the most usefull for users. I would like to be able to do things like "blur 5px all layers" would be even better. Or "show pictures last vaccation" in a picture management application.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Timmmm on Fri 27th Jan 2012 23:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
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I don't think the menu is gone. They are hidden by default in Ubuntu now. It's kind of annoying.

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