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    Default Ubuntu Announces A Heads-Up Display For 12.04

    Phoronix: Ubuntu Announces A Heads-Up Display For 12.04

    Mark Shuttleworth has announced a "heads-up display" that Canonical has been working on for its initial debut to be made with the release of the 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA0NzU

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    A desktop with a HUD. Nice. My hard-drive space will show up as hitpoints right? Hmmm. Its got built-in text to speech. Could use announcer voice.

    "Welcome to Ubuntu arena. Enter the portal to begin training."

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    Oh Ubuntu, always doing the most impractical things just to be flashy and different!

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    Not so sure about this. This could be great, but it needs more work. And I don't know whether casual users will understand and use this. We'll see.

    But Unity itself is amazing and will be very polished with 12.04. The only problem at the moment is Compiz, because it has has quite a few performance issues. There are fixes avaible from the legend that is Daniel van Vugt (ppa:vanvugt/compiz & ppa:vanvugt/unity) for Ubuntu 11.10 which make Unity/Compiz fly and he's working on upstreaming them all for 12.04, so hopefully everything will work out great.

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    Why do people thing things like this can even work...
    Oke, it can, but only if you already know the menu structure thus "kinda" know what you need to type in. If you're using an app you've never used before the HUD isn't going to help you at all!

    This is one of those things that makes the life of experienced users easier simply because they can access their menu items faster and know what to look for. "Fresh" users, again, probably have completely 0,0 use for this.

    Nice idea though..

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    In my view, experienced users just will prefer keyboard shortcuts (have you seen how long does it take for a simple "Undo"?!), while others will find a traditional menu easier.
    Also, after a few times doing this you realize that constantly moving your right hand between the mouse and the keyboard just to select an option (especially in a program like inkscape) is terribly annoying.

    Conclusion: there is a reason if command line programs are command line programs and gui programs are gui programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markg85 View Post
    If you're using an app you've never used before the HUD isn't going to help you at all!
    Huh? That is precisely who it will help the most. You'll be able to type whatever you want to find if a menu item exists with that functionality rather than digging through every single menu and submenu.

    However this system doesn't go far enough. It needs to have synonyms - some music players call it "shuffle" while some call it "random play". Additionally many items are actually on dialog boxes not menus. They got lucky with the Inkscape effects which would be unfindable if there had been an effects dialog.

    I think a far better solution would be a hybrid combination of Microsoft's ribbon menu system and the Chrome preferences (chrome://settings and search field) behaviour. However this would require rearchitecting applications and user interfaces.

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    Although this approach is nice to have, in my opinion it should complement the standard menu system, not replace it.

    Some people are more visual than others. Some people recognize and click on icons faster than they can remember the name of the applications.

    As one of those people, I made Cinnamon my default desktop and am loving its simplicity.

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    Default Ubuntu Announces A Heads-Up Display For 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Ubuntu Announces A Heads-Up Display For 12.04

    Mark Shuttleworth has announced a "heads-up display" that Canonical has been working on for its initial debut to be made with the release of the 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA0NzU
    This "heads-up display" seems to require a lot of keyboard input. Isn't that counter productive?

    Balderdash

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