Feedback on desktop convergence changes

Michael Hall mhall119 at
Tue Aug 19 21:19:38 UTC 2014

On 08/19/2014 05:08 PM, Lutz Andersohn wrote:
> On 08/19/2014 02:10 PM, Michael Hall wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> As we move towards our goal of converging the Ubuntu phone, tablet and
>> desktop into a single codebase, we need to make sure we understand how
>> some of the new technology that was developed for mobile devices will
>> impact desktop users.  I have created a short survey[1] to get your
>> feedback on some of the bigger changes, which we will use to instruct
>> our choices on what and how to bring these to the desktop.
>> The survey will ask you about how different changes might affect the way
>> you use Ubuntu, both positively and negatively. But it is important to
>> remember that no decisions have been made yet regarding whether or not
>> these changes will actually happen on the desktop. The purpose of this
>> survey is to help us evaluate what their impact might be, and what work
>> would be required to make them work for all of our users.
>> If you have a custom or unusual setup with Ubuntu, we are particularly
>> interested in hearing about those details.  It's easy enough for us to
>> consider the impact on common use-cases of Ubuntu, but understanding the
>> various edge-cases requires input from the people involved with them.
>> Finally, none of the information you provide in this survey will be used
>> for anything other than evaluating and planning for the use of these
>> technologies in Ubuntu. No personally identifiable information will be
>> asked for, and nothing will be sold to any 3rd party.
>> [1]
> For whatever it's worth, I think this convergence a is supremely ill
> advised idea, especially if it impacts appearance to a user: a phone is
> different from a desktop and thus should behave differently. Any attempt
> to combine will ultimately result in a software that nobody likes. My
> analogy is that one can eat a steak and potatoes with a swiss army knife
> but nobody is going to enjoy the experience.

The appearance of Unity on the desktop should remain functionally the
same (it'll get a visual update though). It will still function as a
desktop, the way Unity 7 does today.

Michael Hall
mhall119 at

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