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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Complex dialogue windows, such as a preferences window, do need something. And I will agree that a search feature would be greatly appreciated.

However, my point is this: If you are a simple program, why do you have any need for a menu in the first place?

A text editor only needs a couple buttons to implement all the features it has (textual shortcuts are generally well known.) I know this, because I experimented with a writing a text editor that only had a single toolbar and a couple of buttons (new file, open file, save, save as, print, find, replace, word wrap on/off, and choose font captures most of the functionality of gedit for example.)

For something more complicated like inkscape... something like the HUD would be practical, but more so if it encouraged learning shortcuts.

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