Tagged wrote:Wasn't unity geared to netbooks? they trying to take it mainstream?
You are correct. Unity was first introduced as a netbook interface, because it was simple, and easier to make a small screen useful. A standard desktop interface on those tiny screens required keen eyesight. However, there was nothing about Unity that kept it from running on standard desktops, so in that sense, nothing kept it from being "mainstream", other than inertia and no pressing need to use it.
Mark Shuttleworth (the guy behind Ubuntu) apparently sees Unity as a path to taking Ubuntu to where it will be offered by computer manufacturers as a mainstream option (the few token machines that Dell and others sell with the present Ubuntu are not enough to count). Unity is being extensively modified for this task, so it will be different from the original netbook version. The concept behind the changes is to make it much easier for the typical (the non technically inclined 95%) computer user to navigate. The model for this "ease of use" goal is the iPhone/iPod/iPad Android way of doing things that so many non technical people today are very comfortable with. It is also pretty apparent that as technology changes, desktop computers will become more like iPads, perhaps with keyboards.In other words, Shuttleworth is leveraging the already established base of skills, rather than trying to force people to learn new ones. He has assessed (correctly in my opinion) that most people barely tolerate (and only out of sheer necessity) the complexity of Windows, and will not adapt to Gnome or KDE under any circumstances.
Read the above paragraph again. You need to understand it to see where Ubuntu is going. I realize that many of us here do not see the need for drastic change or even want any part of it. However we are not the 95% that Shuttleworth sees as potential customers.
I wish him luck, because I don't see anyone else today that can break the Windows monopoly. And it needs breaking.