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Canonical, the commercial developer of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, seems at times to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Some testers and industry watchers alike have praised the company's innovative Unity desktop shell and the Heads Up Display (HUD) bolted on top of it in this month's release of Ubuntu 12.04, the Precise Pangolin. But that praise is not universal. Others have criticized Canonical's drastic changes for further fracturing the thread that binds Linux distros together.
The HUD is a cool enhancement but I REALLY like it to be integrated with some voice recognition like e.g. http://simon-listens.org/
The default setup could be to train on your own voice and send the audio files to http://voxforge.org/ so it can benefit all future users of Speech Recognition Engines
I am aware this is a bold move and IBM tried this with OS/2 (v3 iirc) before and failed (more than 10 years ago). Maybe this is an idea which time has come, the building blocks are there now it is just a matter of tying them together.
With tablets on the rise which do not have a real neat input interface and apple leading the way with siri (though the above has a smaller focus) this could be a killer for the way we interact with the computer
"Ubuntu has not only been one of the leading desktop Linux OSes, but also recently dethroned Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Linux Enterprise (RHEL) as the leading server OS in the enterprise."
Sorry, but citation needed for that one. I see absolutely no evidence of this, beyond a remarkably misleading claim about webservers (which is hardly an enterprise workload).
I'll grant you the the statement about desktop usage though.
In this I assume you're basing this statement on Mark's blog (IIRC) entry?
Even the comments on that are quite clear about the fact that it only measures webserver usage.
There's an interesting analysis of it here (if you're interested):
Disappointing, really. I'd expect some actual research to back up a statement like that.
Been Using Ubuntu since 6.06...
At first, on Ubuntu 11.04, I found the Unity Interface rather confusing and made me feel quite lost as a user. Couldn't get the Nvidia drivers to work properly as well. That made me hang on to 10.10 instead of migrating upwards at the time. It was just too much of a hazzle, like learning to use a new desktop operating system.
When 11.10 were released, I decided it was time to go with the tide and adapt. I learned that the positive user experience with Unity just grew inside of me. The idea of attaching the most used applications on a bar is great. Just like the OS-X users been on for years now. No more need to navigate through menus whith seldom used applications etc. Occasionally, I stumble over Windows and pre-Unity Ubuntus, but... Nowadays those interfaces just feels so very past for my own experience.
Canonical is definitely on to something with Unity, and I really like it!