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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2007-06-02

a) Any computer illiterate won't know commands for an specific application - there are no 'make me bubbles...' kind of command in their menus - but technical and specific words. So if the user won't know the application, the user won't possible know even how to make bubbles out of it... How can a dumb user who barely knows what an email is, figure out what kind of words are hidden in hidden sub menus? Don't make the machine dumb-proof. Please educate people.

b) I already type too much, and I already got small synovial cysts in both hands, and I have to simmer down with typing. Now there`s this to make me type MORE? Please let Shuttleworth know that I need him to pay my medical plan.

This whole thing is like reinventing the wheel, as someone pointed out before in this thread. We DON`T need another kind of wheel. There are certain things in this world that have reached the peak of its state of art. What they want to do is to discover an algorithm that will compress WAV by 80% which is impossible to achieve with any lossless codecs.

All this talk about using the keyboard as more pratical is simply bullcrap. Come on. And it makes me feel that that guy has a huge amount of bootlickers just because of his money. His supporters are about to give their soul instead of taking one shot of criticism.

Edited 2012-01-26 13:24 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

There are certain things in this world that have reached the peak of its state of art.


Menus with more than 10-15 items or nested more than 2 levels deep isn't one of those things.

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

Menus with more than 10-15 items or nested more than 2 levels deep isn't one of those things.


I don`t see your reasoning valid being a systematic make-believe easy feature, from a geeky person. Do you really think a dumb will find an specific command just by searching? May suit you and the application you are very familiar with. However, the majority of people just won`t embrace this.

I still have complaints about how awful is the Windows 7 superbar window grouping behaviour. People don`t like changes.

Edited 2012-01-27 01:15 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

There are certain things in this world that have reached the peak of its state of art.

Menus with more than 10-15 items or nested more than 2 levels deep isn't one of those things.

Would you mind elaborating on why you think this?

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

a) Any computer illiterate won't know commands for an specific application

You can know the name of the command you want and still not know where the particular app you're using buried that command. As a concrete example I was using Arc Map (an app I use about twice a month) the other day and I knew there was a command called 'mosaic', but it still took me ages to actually find.

All this talk about using the keyboard as more pratical is simply bullcrap.

Have you used any apps that use this particular method to access menus? If so, which ones (and what particular problems did you have)? I have used such apps and find it far easier and more practical than just having menus. No bullcrap.

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

You can know the name of the command you want and still not know where the particular app you're using buried that command. As a concrete example I was using Arc Map (an app I use about twice a month) the other day and I knew there was a command called 'mosaic', but it still took me ages to actually find.

You better study that application, and find commands with your mouse. I don`t see how relevant finding a menu command is so important. This is just a dumb-proof hack.


Have you used any apps that use this particular method to access menus? If so, which ones (and what particular problems did you have)? I have used such apps and find it far easier and more practical than just having menus. No bullcrap.


No, I haven`t used, and probably never will. But you can call your grandmamma and ask her for a determined kind of blur in GIMP, like `Guassian` blur. Tip: don`t let her know the word Guassian and other types of blurring. Let`s see where she can get.

Edited 2012-01-27 01:08 UTC

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