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After introducing last week a very nice video that presented an amazing mockup of the Unity interface for Ubuntu OS, we're now proud to announce today, August 2nd, another nice concept that looks simply marvelous.
First of all, be aware that the above mockup of Ubuntu's Unity interface is unofficial, created by an Ubuntu user
, and it has nothing to do with Canonical.
So, if you click the screenshot above, you will be able to see a bunch of Unity mockups that look simple, and simply amazing.
It shows a very nice futuristic login screen where you can see existing users, a new entry in the System Settings panel allowing users to add applets to the Unity Launcher, as well as various configuration options for both Panel and Launcher.
A new search, as well as bottom Unity Launcher are also shown in this concept, and I have to admit that I really want that!
The Unity concept you see above even has a motto: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
UBUNTU 12.10 UNITY CONCEPT - PHOTO GALLERY:
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|Comment #3 by: Paul on 03 Aug 2012, 04:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Since I didn't like Unity in the first place, it shouldn't be surprising that I see nothing better in this approach. With two 24" monitors (I'm poor, or they'd be 30"), I never run (and never HAVE run on ANY system) any application full-screen and find any full-screen app annoying.
I like the 10.04 top bar launcher with its tiny icons. And, I've always felt such an interface should always be made available for users who aren't using white canes.
Any OS vendor who is trying to create a unified interface across tiny devices so popular today through multi-monitor desktop machines has only my scorn and disapproval.
|Comment #4 by: paulhubert on 03 Aug 2012, 04:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I can appreciate that someone is going to considerable effort to create what seems to them to be a useful interface. However, since I have always preferred an interface that STAYS OUT OF MY WAY, the 10.04 Ubuntu desktop continues to serve my needs very well.
Since I NEVER run ANY application full screen, I find the common menu more than simply annoying.
The narrow top bar 10.04 launcher with its tiny icons is ideal for me on my multiple monitor desktop.
I've always found laptops, and certainly anything SMALLER to be far too limiting. I prefer to SEE several application windows open side-by side.
So, it cannot be surprising that I don't see how Unity could ever serve my needs.
Any OS vendor trying to simplify ITS efforts by creating an interface that is common across all platforms from the little toys that are so popular today to multi-monitor desktops, has only my disapproval and scorn.
Canonical should guarantee that they will continue to support a good, minimalist interface for users who ONLY do serious work on their machines.
|Comment #4.1 by: jlacroix on 03 Aug 2012, 14:42 GMT|
They do, it's called Xubuntu.
|Comment #4.2 by: psypher246 on 03 Aug 2012, 15:57 GMT|
I can't disagree with you more. I don't understand your "full desktop application" argument at all. Please see my Unity multi desktop: https://www.dropbox.com/s/p5dqa9na5wb3xhd/exampledesktop.png. At which point am I not running multiple applications side by side on dual screens? And those apps where nicely placed there with shortcut keys or snapping the windows to half the screen.
I am a long time Ubuntu power user and Unity is amazing. And this mockup looks fantastic!
|Comment #6 by: Rohith on 03 Aug 2012, 09:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just hire this guy canonical. Designs are awsome !
|Comment #9 by: jlacroix on 03 Aug 2012, 14:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The problem with this is that it doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell at being adopted by Canonical. This is how it always goes, a user has an amazing idea and draws a mockup, but 100% of the time it's never adopted. As awesome as this looks, it will never happen. Canonical snubs anyone who has better ideas than them.
|Comment #9.1 by: BadBrad on 03 Aug 2012, 22:18 GMT|
jlacroix, whatever gave the idea that Canonical will snub you because they believe your idea is better than theirs? Have you send then your ideas, and been snubbed. Do you know this truly?
I'm not siding with Canonical, but my patience for people blowing hot smoke is starting to wear thin.
|Comment #10 by: Aleve Sicofante on 03 Aug 2012, 14:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is good looking, but unlike the previous work by Franciso Mendes Araujo, it's not a Unity concept, but a radical depart from Unity. It's not a good idea to radically change UI every year, so I'd rather have Canonical keep its current design (which I find pretty good, just not finished) and makes some evolutionary adjustments like those proposed by Francisco and others, to bring the much needed polish.
|Comment #11 by: merlinof2 on 03 Aug 2012, 15:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
What possibly could have given you the idea of amazing here? Pretty but I still see zero functionality or intuitiveness. I'd be better off with pencil and paper. Shuttleworth did a spectacular job of bringing a fully functional Linux distro to the unwashed masses, and I commend him for that. But this misguided attempt at a UI is awful, and not getting better. Gnome 3+ is even worse... Shuttleworth needs to toss a bucket of cash at the Linux Mint development team, specifically either the Cinnamon or Mate teams as they're both light years ahead in every category of usefulness.
|Comment #11.1 by: paulhubert on 04 Aug 2012, 05:00 GMT|
Couldn't agree more.
|Comment #12 by: Radi on 03 Aug 2012, 15:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
very nice! the dock on the bottom looks pretty cool.
|Comment #13 by: syncdram on 03 Aug 2012, 16:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Sorry, not a supporter of Canonical any longer. I already own a smart phone and don't want the garbage on my desktop. I put a end to shuttleworth and Canonical tell me the way things are going to be not to long ago.
|Comment #14 by: Rick on 03 Aug 2012, 17:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
For those of us who don't like the Gnome 3 or Unity approaches, there is SolusOS, which, in their upcoming version 2, will have Gnome3 tech underneath, but have the look and functionality of Gnome 2. This is a new distro from the guy responsible for creating the Mint Debian Edition. His version 2 is now in alpha and is ready for testing.
|Comment #15 by: MightyMoo on 03 Aug 2012, 17:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'll stick with Xubuntu thank you.
|Comment #16 by: mcinsand on 03 Aug 2012, 19:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I will not argue against the point that Unity looks fantastic. The looks alone got me to try it on 12.04, despite much of what I was reading against it. I'll get to whether or not I liked it in a minute, but the point is that FOSS has an advantage that we seem to forget, in cases like this. Gonna buy a Windows 8 box but don't like Metro? You might be in for a bad time. However, if you like the 'buntu's, try Unity, and you don't like it, there are two very important words that you need to remember: 'SO WHAT?' Dude or dudette, you aren't stuck, you didn't have to spend money on a application you ended up not liking, and there are a dozen plus other desktop managers to install. All it takes is a few minutes to add a new one, and you're good to go. I have a half dozen on my PC, and I will switch occasionally just because the mood hits.
We're FOSS, for heaven sake. If we don't like a piece of software, we have something that makes our systems so much better than the duopoly; we have FREEDOM! If you tried Unity and it didn't work, don't whine, just install something that is better for you.
As for me, I was optimistic. I'm actually one of the few that liked KDE4 from the start. After a few nights, it became clear that this Spring's version of Unity wasn't for me. So, I took basically no time to log out and start a session under Enlightenment. You can bet that I'll try out the 12.10 iteration of Unity. If it fits me, I'll wear it. If not, then ... SO WHAT? Going back to a different desktop manager will take less time than the walk to the fridge for a soda.
|Comment #17 by: djohnston on 03 Aug 2012, 20:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Which is it, amazing or marvelous? Maybe it's stupendous, tremendous or simply breathtaking.
|Comment #19 by: Jeannie on 05 Aug 2012, 12:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nice for 6 year old kids who learn how to operate a tablet computer
|Comment #20 by: endorendil on 05 Aug 2012, 13:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Futuristic? You gotta be joking. This login screen looks like a Windows system from years ago.
I am a hard-core linux user, and like many of us, I don't think that Unity is progress in the sense that things are getting better or easier. Unity is bringing Windows, iOS and Android UI to desktops (or at least tablets). There is room for this in the Linux space - it's all about choice after all - but please don't pretend that this is technical progress.
|Comment #21 by: maxmick69 on 16 Aug 2012, 10:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As i predicted my friends and i have just about turned our back on ubuntu unity..
as a result we have opted for alternative ubuntu flavours such as linux mint as the did not back stab the people who have common sense and held on to tradition b keeping classic interface...
I have personally tried to even force myself to use ubuntu when it is in the unit enviroment but insanity kicks in and im looking for the bread knife to slash my wrists...
Ubuntu should come with a full choice of enviroments period and be defaulted to classic with unity only as a choice....
All of the ubuntu users i know were converted from windblows (windows) by m recommendation from as far back as versions 4.10 to 6.04 but since unity was set as standard and mr shuttleworth went the microsoft way by removing choice all 81 of my fellow ubuntu geeks turned our backs on unity based release and the decision to do so was unanimous....
So mr shuttleworth ou have two months to come back to common sense and stop trying to copy microsoft tactics as that is why we came to you in the first place and give the people choice as part of the enitial release of 12.10..
just like in the movie ratatouille mr anton ego states 'surprise me' you do the same mr shuttleworth listen to the voice of the people and surprise not just me but all the wavering followers who have lost faith....up classic down unity
|Comment #22 by: Steve on 19 Oct 2012, 22:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You need to give more flexibility to the users, start with an option for moving the unity panel to the bottom and adding an extra panel option as well. Plus introduce active corner features, customisable ones! all corners!
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