The company responsible for developing the Ubuntu Linux distribution takes a year and a half defending to the hilt its new desktop interface, Unity, but still making a strong bid for that interface, also recognize that the change has been significant .
Jane Silber, Canonical’s CEO, met with The Inquirer to indicate that she “ Unity recognized that a change had been painful for many, and that is a difficult process , but is something we believe is important not only in the section that suits Unity multiple screen sizes, but in emphasizing the importance of design and user experience in the world of Open Source “.
Silber also said his efforts with Unity have served to demonstrate how important it is that user interface, “GNOME even talk much more about design and user experience than ever before, and I think that is positive “, but also reveals that Unity is not the panacea for all users:” Unity will be the best solution for some, and will not be for others “, adding further that” any inconvenience caused by such a major change is part of the process “.
Other topics covered in the interview was the lack of configurability of Unity, which seek to resolve in Ubuntu 12.04. “The impending 12.04 improvements have been made to specifically target power users and developers , trying to solve some of their complaints about the workflows offered in Unity and in Ubuntu “.
Canonical also minimized the apparent decline in popularity of Ubuntu in favor of Linux Mint. “I think under any reasonable indicator of popularity, Ubuntu is far ahead. Linux Mint is gaining attention on Distrowatch, and that’s great. It’s basically a Ubuntu, a derivative of Ubuntu, and have always supported the derived distributions. I think there is room for small projects and I think it’s something positive to small projects derived from Ubuntu solve the needs of a particular market “.
Silber continued to talk about Linux Mint distro saying this is “ for people who want the codecs preinstalled and WIN are not necessarily concerned about the security updates . Fills a need, but I see that as something negative for Ubuntu “.
Comments on Linux Mint, especially when described as “small project” – I do not like too much to developers and users of this distribution, but at least recognizes that Canonical Unity – that must be recognized that gets better- has been a problematic change for many users.