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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Jason Bourne
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I think there is a massive misunderstanding about digital inclusion. What things like this and GNOME Shell are supposed to be? Are they supposed to allow people use computers in a better way? Are they supposed to allow BRAINLESS people to use computers? Are they supposed to allow robots to use computers?

I just remember when I watched 'Minority Report' and thought... OMG, somebody is going to try to make this crap happen. When I saw the 'Iron Man' movie, I thought, OK, voice recognition is already a reality, but do I really need it? It seems as though, to some very wealthy millionaires which have nothing to do, that to create the future of what happened in the movies, is their main goal.

If you can't use a computer UI properly, please don't own a computer, for the love of God. Please. The more stupid you make the use of a computer, the more stupids will use it. We need to educate people and spend time on education on HOW to operate a computer. Not try to make the use of a computer as stupid as possible.

I get the HUD idea, but to me, it adds nothing. This kind of search may help in IMDB, but as a menu replacement? Even the ribbon was a better idea...

In HUD, the computer illiterate will have to learn all the words all menus have got? Kinda of stupid! Search engines are something - applications are something completely different!

I would advise Mr. Shuttleworth to worry about the rape rates in South Africa, and finance ONGs and Red Cross in territories with warfare instead of financing an operating system like Ubuntu. If Unity was the last step for many folks, HUD is definitely going to crush the distro. If Fedora doesn't make something really stupid as it is constantly making release after release, I may finally drop Ubuntu 11.04 (GNOME 2 Classic). It will come down to a point where it will be a total dishonour to use a Ubuntu based system or even say the word Ubuntu. I thought the meaning of the word was to include people in computing, and not making devices that stupid.

You need to get this... digital inclusion demands education. Not stupid devices with apparent stupidiest usability available in the world. Wrong idea Mr. Self.

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