Ubuntu Linux To Improve User Experience

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, promises that their Ubuntu Linux is set for a large improvement. His thinking is that Ubuntu needs to develope a better user experience and with this in mind, has hired a group of developers to work on the project. On his blog he states that that the companies goal is to deliver a user experience similar to what Apple offers and that these changes will occur in the next two years.

This seems like a huge undertaking for the company, but if anyone can do it, Mr. Shuttleworth stands the best chance. He further states that:

 There’s also recognition for the scale of the challenge that faces us. When I laid out the goal of “delivering a user experience that can compete with Apple in two years” at OSCON, I had many questions afterwards about how on earth we could achieve that. “Everyone scratches their own itch, how can you possibly make the UI consistent?” was a common theme. And it’s true – the free software desktop is often patchy and inconsistent. But I see the lack of consistency as both a weakness (GNOME, OpenOffice and Firefox all have different UI toolkits, and it’s very difficult to make them seamless) and as a strength – people are free to innovate, and the results are world-leading. Our challenge is to get the best of both of those worlds.

If Canonical is able to pull this off, it will be a shot in the arm for Linux and may just convince some Window users to make the switch. But we will have to wait and see just how well Ubuntu will compare to Apple’s flagship operating system. I must admit that this does look promsing.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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  • http://www.ubiquitense.com ubiquit

    Well, I just installed the Ubuntu 8.04 version on my desktop, and it is very nice. However, I found that the previous version 7.04 is much faster than the latest one. I couldn’t attribute this performance loss to anything visible to my eyes, but it may have got something to do with the shell code.

    Overall, the new version is good, but I think they must improve vastly on certain things like window appearance, themes, user control, gDesklets, and so on. Hope the new versions will be a challenge to Windows Vista.

  • Leigh

    I’ve tried several versons of Linux, including the last three versions of Ubuntu–now using Hardy Heron. A typical user is still going to have a heck of a time learning this system. You can’t, yet, use common sense and there is nothing intuitive about any of the Linux OSs. But I am using Ubuntu 8.041 and slowly and I mean s l o w l y progressing a little bit. I’ll keep trying.

  • Bobzilla

    Mark has moved Ubuntu to new heights in the PC world, much more than any other distro. I just don’t personally think Ubuntu needs to focus on trying to be like OS X or Windows. Ubuntu just needs to build a better mouse trap…. the user base will follow. Example: Vista was not a better mouse trap, therefore no user base.

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    Thanks for this- this has been bugging me for a while and never got round to it- so off to do it now! Thank you :)

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    I did it quite a while ago. Facebook portrays a lot of flexible privacy facilities people should explore and know about. It’s a shame a lot of users still have their photo albums public.

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    Helpful tip! Thanks for sharing!