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Things UBUNTU needs

OK, so here’s me. A normal ‘end user’ person, who’s interested in Ubuntu, but no good at programming.

I uninstalled Windows 8 to install Ubuntu because I believe in open source, and I believe that Ubuntu COULD be amazing. Here’s my list of things that Ubuntu needs if it’s going to attract people like me to the platform.

  1. Software to be installed via ‘normal’ downloads in the same way that I can download software to windows. The software centre is great, but please, just start uploading files which I can click on and install. It’s something MAC and Windows users are used to. Don’t change it.
  2. A way for Ubuntu to look at all my hardware and just… ‘know’ which drivers I want, then just get them all. End users don’t know if they have intel GFX or AMD, or whatever, it just needs to figure it out in the install and sort it out.
  3. The “change display” button doesn’t work so well. This needs fixing.
  4. Unity Tweak tool needs to be installed by default, and it should prompt you during install how you want it to work. The ‘move mouse top left’ to see all the windows thing IS COOL ok? Those things need to be in default, because without them, end users just think the OS is boring.
  5. Install/uninstall needs to be tied into the right click of icons. So, in the unity tweak bar, I should just right click an icon and be able to uninstall it.
  6. I still have no idea where my applications go when I install them. I know I can press the windows key and search for them, but I forget what they are called. This needs fixing - some kind of ‘start’ button, or SOMETHING is really a requirement at this point. I realise the whole ‘search’ thing IS GREAT ok, but for end users, they need simplicity.
  7. The software centre needs to have a ‘sources’ install thing by default. So, sometimes, I look for a program I need to install and I have to add a repository, or some such thing. I have no idea what that is. I have to open terminal to do this, which means Ubuntu has failed as an end user system at this point. The software centre should just, somehow, contain EVERY app ever made for Linux. Why is this a problem?
  8. A touch pad driver that doesn’t suck. Every time I tap my touchpad by mistake, the cursor moves to that point on the screen. This sucks. I have no idea which driver I need to fix this…
  9. Why can’t I auto hide the status bar? Screen real estate is important, and because it’s at the top of the page it’s constantly in my main line of sight. I want it gone with a simple command so I can get that precious 20px back.
  10. A short tutorial on basic commands - The commands are what make Ubuntu awesome. That whole ‘desktop’ switcheroo, is AMAZING. I bet most end users miss that, and I bet they don’t get anywhere near as far as Unity tweak tool with the gestures for showing all windows etc… A super quick demo at the beginning of install would be AMAZING.
  11. A media centre by default. XBMC is cool, perhaps this can be integrated somehow? When people get movies, music, etc, there needs to be a place I can go where all that looks awesome, downloads all the meta data, and generally makes people go “WOW!”. Maybe Ubuntu already has this, but if it does, I’ve missed it, and this is a problem. Perhaps this should be built into the installation/tutorial as a sort of “LOOK AT THIS FEATURE USERS!” part…
  12. Probably some other stuff. I’m a committed ‘normal’ user now, so I am going to post some more things that Ubuntu needs for normal none codey people like myself. I love ubuntu, I just want it to get better

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Just rediscovered this gem from 2008. It all started out with an email to Weetabix

To: Weetabix
From: Phillyharper

Hello, 
This morning I ate 6 weetabix, quite a feat in this house of three young chaps. The event caused a debate, how many weetabix can you eat in one go? We were interested to find out and began our research, only we were disappointed to find out that there isn’t currently a world record. 

We don’t have a target to aspire to, and thats a shame, but then we realised that it was actually an opportunity. In one go, we reckon we can get through 12, but we’ve not tried it yet. We want to set the record, and we want your help to do it. We want the world to see our world record attempt, and we want to document our training. How about we put the whole thing online and make it go viral? The more we thought about it, the more excited we got about it and thought up many amazing things we could do surrounding the record attempt. 

If you’ll endorse us, we want to throw down the gauntlet on weetabix, we want to set the record for others to never break. What do ya say? The internet will love it, you’ll get great viral advertising, we get the record, and the adoration of the weetabix community. Help us to help you! Phil (The reining weetabix champion)

To: Phillyharper
From: Weetabix

Dear Mr Harper,

Many thanks for your enquiry.

We do not maintain records for Weetabix consumption, either in ‘one go’ or over a period of time. We feel eating any food in excessive amounts, short or long term, is unwise and should be avoided.

As part of a healthful, balanced diet Weetabix are great but we take no part in attempts to eat them, or indeed any of our products, in large quantities. We advise against any such activity.


Yours sincerely 

(Name removed)

From: Phillyharper
To: Weetabix

Dear (name removed)

In light of your stern and solemn response my friends and I have become somewhat discontented with the weetabix brand. Our excitement for your product was quickly diminished the moment your email graced my inbox and bored everything it touched. We thought that your working in an environment as stale as a weetabix factory would make your desire for nonchalant and jovial banter grow exponentially, evidently this is not the case and the factory has ground you down into a lifeless cog, and that’s a shame.

Our disappointment at Weetabix’s lack of interest in their fans has given us no option but to move on to another brand. They’re called Wheat Biscuits and they’re made by the good chaps at Somerfield, no doubt they stole the creation from you but non the less they’ve done a mighty fine job of it. There won’t be a world record for Weetabix eating, there will only be a world record for Wheat Biscuit eating, and guess who’s loss that is.

Have a nice day in your office

If you’re going to to street art, can we not just do pictures of people in turned up jeans? What am I to take from this? I am not enlightened. I think the whole area surrounding the art lost IQ points.

If you’re going to to street art, can we not just do pictures of people in turned up jeans? What am I to take from this? I am not enlightened. I think the whole area surrounding the art lost IQ points.

“Our efforts to construct direct democracy and consensus-oriented discussion resulted in other, similar failures. First, consensus holds groups hostage to outliers. In a group as politically diverse as Occupy, such hostage-taking had conservative effects, generating stasis and hindering results. Second, as we now know, not every decision needs to be made by everyone. When transparency opens up a meeting to police infiltrators, it undermines the very purpose of a meeting. It makes no sense to plan an action in an “open” meeting that might include people whose sole purpose is to disrupt or entrap. Some plans are best made by small groups working in secret, below the radar. It took us too long to acknowledge this because we were handcuffed by a process designed to value participation and consensus above all else. Third, groups operating outside the GA frame lacked respect. Process-fetishism—the displacement of radicalism onto matters of deliberative procedure—prevented us from acknowledging and appreciating what was actually happening: Groups in different neighborhoods, different cities and different countries were springing up and doing actions on their own. This should have been seen as a plus, an indication of the movement’s energy and vitality. Unfortunately, the lack of clarity regarding the relationship between the GA and actions created an irresolvable disconnect between theory and practice.”

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