Is Ubuntu getting any better?

Here’s the same Ubuntu Forums experience polls charts as in Ubuntu release quality, but I’ll keep this one up-to-date with each release: These charts lump together upgrades and clean installs, since the ratios are similar for both, and it shows more clearly the overall trend. Feisty (1,387) 47% 23% 30% Gutsy (5,479) 22% 44% 34% […]

Jaunty fresh install notes

Similar to the Intrepid fresh install notes, I kept notes while installing Jaunty from the CD on my Dell Inspiron 8600, trying to see it the way a complete newcomer would. Again, the language selection screen is ugly. Again, you have to reboot after checking the CD for errors. Currently it says “Press F4 to […]

Ubuntu newcomer experience

I recently got a new hard drive, and installed Ubuntu on it from scratch.  I decided to put myself in the mindset of a newcomer and see how the experience compares now that I’ve been using it for two years. My unorganized notes: Language selection screen after booting from CD is jarring, not totally intuitive, […]

Freeform object selection lassos

Currently, to select objects in a GUI, such as icons in a file manager, you use the mouse to draw corners of a rectangle (called a “bounding box” or “rubber band” in the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines).  Usually, though, the objects you want to select aren’t contained within a single rectangle. To select them all, […]

Abolish the saving of documents

The status quo The modern computing paradigm: Documents are created and saved, then opened, modified, and saved again to the same filename. While opened, a document can be modified. Many programs have an undo button to revert to one or more previous states. New modifications can then be made, and the document saved and closed. […]

The desktop metaphor is stupid

My girlfriend is showing me images on her computer (she uses an Apple because it’s “simple”). After we view all of the files, which are scattered across her computer’s desktop in a random pattern, I watch as she grabs one with the mouse and drags it onto the corner of the desktop. She then drags […]

Joining window borders

When windows are tiled, each window continues to have the usual resizable borders; if you shrink one, the other stays untouched. But if edges and corners of windows can be snapped to each other, why can’t two such snapped edges be moved at once? The border that is shared between two windows should behave more […]