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Ubuntu Still Struggling With Usability

Canonical is the most interesting company in the technology industry today. They are the bleeding edge. Even though I left the Ubuntu fold a few years ago, I’m always drawn in by curiosity to see what they are up to next. The Ubuntu portfolio has recently expanded to cover nearly the entire spectrum of computing, and now offer a single platform for the cloud, servers, desktops, tablets, phones, and television. I can see what they are building, and I love the concept, but previous experience with Ubuntu leave me wary of the experience they’ll be able to deliver. Ubuntu has become very good at looking good in previews, but less good at being consistent. A perfect example is how the Unity interface on the desktop attempts to use an OS X-like shared menu bar, but for some reason the designers thought it would be a good idea to truncate the title of the application in the top left hand corner of the screen. In previous releases, and possibly in the shipping release, I’m not sure, not all of the applications that were installed by default actually took advantage of the shared menu bar. From a users perspective, that

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