On Unity as default desktop
Mark Shuttleworth announced at the UDS keynote that Unity (the current netbook interface) would become the default desktop for Ubuntu.
I’ve been thinking about this decision over the last few days and I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a good thing. Sure there may be some teething issues and there are a few things that are confusing about the interface currently, but I think it has the potential for a very compelling user experience.
Now is the time to break from the traditional desktop. With devices like Android and iPhones and iPads already changing how we interact with computers and challenging how we even think about a computer it is time to take some of those ideas back to the desktop, and I think this is where Unity will deliver.
As the name suggests, I think with Unity, Ubuntu have the chance to make a very coherent desktop experience. This will benefit new computer users and make it a nicer and more fun experience for the rest of us.
Great things happen when you challenge traditional paradigms and I think this is an opportunity for Ubuntu to bring the desktop into 2011. Thanks Ubuntu for being willing to take that step and I hope you succeed with Unity.