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Consistent codebase is good. Consistent experience is not [n/t]
Authored by: marcosdumay on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 12:01 PM EST
Nothing here.

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consistent codebase across all devices, basically
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 02:55 PM EST

Ubuntu Unity and Gnome 3 Shell are trying to bridge the PC and the tablet, but not to the mobile phone. However, they are doing it incrementally by gradually adding touch friendly features to a desktop rather than putting a mobile phone interface onto a PC. They're trying to find something that is a reasonable compromise for medium to large screens using both touch and keyboard and mouse.

The biggest problem than I see with the Windows 8 approach is that instead of trying to find something that works with both touch and keyboard/mouse, they just included both methods and jerk you back and forth between them. It looks like something they improvised at the last minute once they realized that tablets were going to be big sellers and replace PCs in some applications.

Microsoft originally tried bridging PCs and tablets some years ago by giving tablets a PC desktop interface and used touch to emulate mouse clicks. That failed miserably. Apple and Android are bridging phones and tablets by giving tablets a phone interface. That seems to be working quite well. Now Microsoft is trying to bridge PCs, tablets, and phones by giving all three a phone interface (bodged in on PCs with a peek-a-boo desktop). That seems to be a bridge too far given the current reception.

Personally, I happen to like Unity quite a bit as a desktop interface. It solves quite a few of the fundamental design problems that Gnome 2 had (such as the infamous "find the window" problem) while still retaining most of the familiar concepts and categories of Gnome 2. It isn't however a tablet interface as it currently stands. Canonical plan to continue to evolve it further over the next couple of years. They're not trying to turn it into a phone interface though. I have less experience with Gnome 3 Shell, but I think it's not as well thought out as Unity and the changes it makes from Gnome 2 are a lot more drastic. From a UI perspective, Unity seems to be more of a "fix the design problems in Gnome 2" approach, while Gnome 3 Shell seems to be a "throw everything out and start over" approach.

I think that Apple will try to bring their touch and PC interfaces closer together. However, I think they will use the Ubuntu approach of gradual evolution rather than the Microsoft approach of simply duct taping them together. I don't think that Apple will completely merge IOS and OS/X, but they will come up with a version of OS/X that allows easy porting of many IOS apps (e.g. games) to OS/X in a usable form.

Personally, I would like to see the PC UI become more touch friendly. I have installed PCs in factories for applications which needed a touch interface. However, even if the application itself works with touch, using any part of the OS itself (Windows XP) to check or change configuration settings was absolutely painful and usually required plugging in a keyboard and mouse (which is usually very difficult to do when the PC is part of a machine).

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  • KDE plasma - Authored by: Wol on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 05:18 PM EST
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