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keithpeter
December 20th, 2011, 10:07 PM
Hello All


"As far as I can tell from user posts on mailing lists and magazine/webzine reviews, to your average technically-inclined Internet resident a good UI means you have a lot of features, or alternatively that you have a lot of snazzy graphics, or alternatively that your UI is just like one that the commentator has used in the past." - Havoc Pennington, essay written in 2002 (http://ometer.com/free-software-ui.html)

I'm interested in the history behind the 'new' DEs, specifically Gnome Shell and Unity, and Windows 8 Metro come to that.

For Gnome Shell, I've found

http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Design

and

http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Design/Principles

For Unity, I'm having problems with the transition from netbook interface for light duties, e.g.

http://design.canonical.com/2010/06/discussing-unity-in-linux-format/

to its appearance as a fully fledged main PC interface. Anyone got any documentation on that? Rationale? Principles?

I've been using Unity 2d for a month or so now and have no big issues with it, just wondering about where it came from. I can cope with opportunism ('it was there so we used it').

hhh
December 21st, 2011, 02:22 AM
For Unity, I'm having problems with the transition from netbook interface for light duties, e.g.

http://design.canonical.com/2010/06/discussing-unity-in-linux-format/

to its appearance as a fully fledged main PC interface. Anyone got any documentation on that? Rationale? Principles?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c9Xbvss-tw

Also...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la37TaQs-o

cariboo907
December 21st, 2011, 07:20 AM
Check the UDS-N keynote speech:

http://www.webupd8.org/2010/10/uds-n.html

There is also quite a bit in blog posts on the Planet (http://planet.ubuntu.com/), about the problems between Ubuntu and Gnome

keithpeter
December 21st, 2011, 10:48 AM
Thanks chaps

Hum, videos and blog posts: I am downloading the UDS videos to skim the sound track for anything useful.

I've been trawling the Ayatana launchpad stuff as well, which is hard work (the detail is overwhelming).

The governing principles are not very clear to me as yet, I get lots of discussion on e.g. where to put the Dash. Canonical design have published the user tests and the response to those, tweaks and optimizations, but nothing that I can find on the overall concept.

Google gives me lots of arguments :twisted: which might be entertaining but not really useful.

What I want is the thinking, the rationale behind this interface. The model(s) that the designers of the user experience used to base their decisions on. It may not be huge, the Gnome documents are just a couple of sides. It could be 'hiding in plane view'.

grahammechanical
December 21st, 2011, 03:35 PM
I keep an eye on Mark Shuttleworth's blog

http://www.markshuttleworth.com/

Go back through the archive and see how things have developed. I detect a distinct trend towards developing a Ubuntu that will be pre-installed on computer devices and that has a united (Unity) look across all types of devices. This link shows that it is already underway:

http://www.canonical.com/content/vodafone-webbook-ubuntu-software-launched-south-africa

I do not mind if this brings profit to Canonical. It will help Canonical develop Ubuntu and keep the Ubuntu Foundation afloat. May it succeed.

Regards.

keithpeter
December 21st, 2011, 04:31 PM
I keep an eye on Mark Shuttleworth's blog

Thanks grahammechanical.

Hummm, blogs again, I'm trying to hunt down something that explains the choices behind Unity, and that links to some recognised model of GUI/HCI. Perhaps it was just 'hack on something that exists' after all? We tend to do that in the UK (look at the history of the BBC computer).


I do not mind if this brings profit to Canonical. It will help Canonical develop Ubuntu and keep the Ubuntu Foundation afloat. May it succeed.

I very much hope Canonical becomes very profitable. Better for Canonical employees, the Ubuntu community, and users and Linux in general.

http://www.mydigitallife.co.za/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=look-what-ive-got.html&blogger=Syllable&Itemid=29

Have a feeling there could be a few bumps along the way (see comments). Does anyone actually have one of these? I can find a myriad press releases but no actual users apart from this competition winner.