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Ubuntu Tablets: Less Jarring Than Windows 8? 179

Following up on yesterday's news that Ubuntu for Tablets has been announced, Mark Shuttleworth answered questions about the purpose of the new version of Canonical's OS and what its intended strengths will be. He made special note of how Canonical wants the transition between desktop-Ubuntu and mobile-Ubuntu to be smooth. "When you transition from the tablet to the desktop, things don't move around. Your indicators, things like network status and time, they don't jump around on screen, they stay in the same place. That's what's really different certainly between our approach to convergence and for example Windows 8, where when you're in the desktop mode, which looks like Windows 7, and suddenly you get the new tile-based interface, it's a stark transition that can be jarring for users. In our case, you can almost think of those as gentle phase changes. When you go from phone to tablet you're stretching the device in very obvious ways. People who've used iOS on both phones and tablets would expect that. What's nice about Ubuntu is the phase change to the PC experience up from the tablet really just introduces window management, and it also introduces things like menus and dialog boxes. You aren't moving things around in dramatic ways." He added that they expect the user experiences to converge in Ubuntu 14.04. Shuttleworth also addressed the fragmentation problem faced by Android. He says manufacturers and carriers don't want to fall into that trap again, and that they've been receptive to the idea of leaving the core of Ubuntu alone while tweaking their individual services instead.
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Ubuntu Tablets: Less Jarring Than Windows 8?

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  • by zrbyte ( 1666979 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @09:33AM (#42954831)

    Ok people. Please but any Unity hate posts in this thread. Thank you.

  • by dc29A ( 636871 ) * on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @09:45AM (#42954893)

    Unity is not that bad, let's not exaggarate. Newer versions are getting speedier and more customizable so I expect most of the Ubuntu-using Linuxers will accept it.

    That said, I also installed Linux Mint on my primary machine but I have Ubuntu/Unity on others. Unity works fairly well on my ARM Chromebook even without hw accelerated X.

    Speedier? Male cow excrement! On my hexacore desktop with SSD, Unity Dash takes a good half second to open. Similar features that are instant on Windows 8, OS X, Gnome 3 or KDE. If by any chance I have a maximized window open, it can take a good 2 seconds. I like the idea of Unity, I like the concept of Unity, but it's a slow piece of shit.

    Disclaimer: I use Ubuntu both at home and work.

  • by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @10:10AM (#42955059)
    Every time a new Ubuntu release is coming, I hear that Unity or Compiz have "performance improvements" and excitedly go test it, but there never is significant improvements. Just yesterday I gave the Raring Ringtail daily build (2013-02-19) a spin, but the same sluggishness was there, including the always-slow opening Dash, which you mentioned. I would otherwise like to use Unity, but I can't waste all my system resources to basic desktop handling.
  • by thelamecamel ( 561865 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @10:14AM (#42955101)

    If they can't get good linux drivers for their graphics card, then it's very possible they're stuck with no 3D acceleration. Depends whether the rig was intentionally built for linux or not.

  • by chill ( 34294 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2013 @12:28PM (#42956219) Journal

    E-mails, Facebook and all that other social media stuff is done thru a web browser. Windows has nothing to do with it, as the familiarity is in the browser and not the OS.

    Witness Google's success with Chromebooks. For many people, the browser is the only interface they see.

    My wife's laptop is Win7 and my desktop is Kubuntu. She is equally at home with both. The process on both is 100% identical. "Click the Firefox icon. Do whatever else -- Gmail, Hulu Plus, Amazon/Amazon Prime, Ebay, general browsing." Bookmarks are synced, both print to the same printer. The OS is rapidly becoming irrelevant.

C makes it easy for you to shoot yourself in the foot. C++ makes that harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. -- Bjarne Stroustrup