EFY Times  
Saturday, November 01, 2014

 
GO
 
 

Know Why Canonical Endorses Unity In Ubuntu!
 
Home >> Infotech >> Interviews
 
Know Why Canonical Endorses Unity In Ubuntu!  
 
Unity is now largely recognised for being a good positive development and that Canonical has been able to achieve its goals and the strategic reasons for investing in it have been proved right.   
Rate this news:  (0 Votes)
Thursday, July 12, 2012 Unity has been one of the most controversial part of Ubuntu. Some people like it and others don't. But Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, is firm about Unity. For Canonical, Ubuntu is not a trouble baby, it is a medium of change in the open source world. With Unity, the company wants to establish that it cares for design. EFYTimes.com spoke to Jane Silber, chief executive officer, about Unity and their strategy around it.

Explaining on what made Canonical think of Unity, Silber said, “There are two main drivers of Unity. One was that we just needed something better than what we had. The prior desktop, frankly, was old fashioned. It wasn't modern and wasn't extensible into what consumers expect. It needed a dramatic change. Several years ago, we said that we had to prioritise design. Mark Shuttleworth’s view was that Canonical cares about design. Sexiness and bling is an important feature and ought not to be an afterthought. It’s a core attribute that we said we would try and lead the open source community in. We stand up to that leadership role. The change we introduced, Unity, was a bit rocky. But we conveyed the notion that we needed to raise the bar and that was one of the main drivers for Unity.”

Canonical, Ubuntu, Unity in Ubuntu, Unity interface, Open source technolgy, Windows 8, Windows, Microsoft




“The second main driver was the notion of a portfolio of products. It’s a similar experience across form factors. We could see that with the introduction of cloud computing and with the emphasis on mobile computing -- whether it’s a phone, tablet or laptop -- there needed to be a computing experience that wasn't radically different on each form factor. So we started investing in Unity, like building a design team and doing a lot of research. One of the interesting things about Unity and its design is that everybody has got an opinion about it. Our computers, laptops, phones and tablets are an important part of our life and it’s very natural to feel emotional about them. So changing something that we are very connected with can be very wrenching for some people. From the beginning, there were some people who really liked Unity and there were others who really hated it. People who hated Unity were either those who didn't like any changes at all or those who didn't like changes for specific reasons. That was constructive criticism. Over a period of time, we improved Unity. Now you find that those who objected to it because it was changed are warming to it because it is no longer a new thing. The same thing will happen when Microsoft releases Windows 8. A lot of people will criticise it for different reasons and even term it as ‘the end of Microsoft’, which obviously will not be true,” she added.

She feels that Unity is now largely recognised for being a good positive development and that Canonical has been able to achieve its goals and the strategic reasons for investing in it have been proved right. Silber said, “We have helped raise the bar in terms of design and user experience for the open source community. Other projects are talking much more about design and the user experience than ever before. There is a change in the open source community and the community has recognised the importance of user experience, whereas it was never recognised or prioritised before. Apart from bringing about the change, the current version of Unity is good and we get very good test results from it. Users respond well to it. We have a release every six months and Unity seems to get better each time. I think we have weathered the Unity storm and are now positioned better.”

So is Unity going to stay? “Yes it is. There is no doubt about that!” responded the confident CEO.

Diksha  P Gupta, EFYTIMES News Network


Print Email Post Comment 
(Total Views: 2406)
 
Share

 
 
Infotech News
   
10 Most Powerful Apache Directives And Modules
Microsoft Azure Marketplace Comes Up With Advanced Features
Bill Gates Needs 218 Years To Spend All His Fortune!
Cloud Computing Places IT Firmly in Control, Says Verizon ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014’ Report
Microsoft To Slash Another 3,000 Jobs!
 
 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
Most popular
 

Daily

Weekly

Canonical Releases Ubuntu 14.10!
Canonical Releases Ubuntu 14.10!
Wipro To Hire 10,000 People For Open Source Program! Apply Here...
Top 10 Programmers Of All Time!
Open Source India 2014: 9 Tracks, 40+ Speakers And 7 Workshops
Ebola Virus Reaches Internet World In Form Of Cyber Attacks!
Android KitKat Vs Lollipop: Here's The Difference!
Innovation Direct At Forefront Of Marketing Efforts For Ferris Emergency App Invention
India's Cheapest Portable Washing Machine Is Here, For Just Rs 2,700!
Samsung Launches Galaxy Mega 2 Smartphone In India
TCS Focusing On Softskills Development Of Employees
Must-Follow Tips While Buying Online!
Diwali Disocunt Offer On 10 Smartphones From Top Brands
10 Hottest Skills An IT Professional Requires In This Demanding Market
Know The 10 Possibilities In The Future Programming World
Bangalore City Is India's First Wi-Fi Connected Railway Station!
Google's New Inbox Enriches Email Experience
 
   

Overall

Agility Systems Deals in:

Document Management System for law firms
Features
10 Most Powerful Apache Directives And Modules
There are lots of modules for an Apache Web server but you must know which are the best ones. Here is a list of the best 10 flexible modules for Apach...
7 Steps To Follow While Detecting Memory Leaks In Java
Detecting a memory leak, verifying it and debugging the same require some certain steps which you need to follow....
10 Things You Need To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.10
Here we'll talk about the most important 10 things which you can't miss out, after installing the latest Ubuntu version....
10 Best JavaScript Libraries For Data Visualisations
Here is a list of top 10 JavaScript libraries for web projects....
9 Excellent Free Code Editors For Android
There are tons of code editors available in the market for Android programmers but it's not always easy to choose the right one. So here we have liste...
10 Useful Bootstrap Editors To Build Responsive Websites
Each editor is different but all of them feature some drag and drop facility through a huge library of components. ...
10 Tips For Developers To Speed Up Websites
The easiest way is to reduce HTTP requests, which can be done through front-end development....
Top 10 Free Rich Text Editors For Developers
There are tons of rich text editors available on Internet but you need to find out the best ones to improve your development skills....
10 Best Tools For Creating And Prototyping Mobile Apps
Here we'll provide a list of 10 best available resources to help you in creating websites, web apps and mobile apps which can be used for prototyping ...
10 Hottest Skills An IT Professional Requires In This Demanding Market
With the fastest growing IT industry, required IT skills are also growing at the fastest possible way. Take a look at the top 10 list here....
8 Best Markdown Editors With Support To Google Drive, Dropbox
The likes of Google Drive always don't support Markdown documents which causes huge pain for the users but thanks to those tools which come in to fill...
Boost Security Of Your WiFi Network With Kali Linux: Learn Three Major Steps
Its toolkit allows you to crack Wi-Fi passwords, create false networks and detect vulnerabilities. ...
10 Best Mobile App Analytics Platforms
These tools will tell you how to measure the basics like installs, rankings, revenues, purchases and competitor rankings and how to deal with issues ...
Know The 10 Possibilities In The Future Programming World
The coming years of programming hold several predictions and you should be well aware about how the world of technology is likely to evolve in next fi...
Top 10 Programmers Of All Time!
Here we will recall 10 greatest programmers of all time and their immense contribution....
 
  View All
Dialogue
 
10 Questions That Google Never Asks While Hiring!
Here is a list of 10 questions that Google just banned from their interviews....
For Enjay, Open Source Technology Is A Way Of Life
An entirely open source-based company, Enjay IT Solutions, has built itself a reputation in the OSS domain....
Switching To Tizen Doesn’t Mean We Are Abandoning Android: Samsung
The company has worked to build Tizen up from scratch and has now introduced it to developers and the general public with its latest range of wearable...
Venturing Into The Cloud? Develop A Customised Cloud Strategy First!
Diksha P Gupta speaks to Rushikesh Jadhav, cloud evangelist, ESDS Software Solution Pvt Ltd, on how the cloud has changed the way compan...
HTC Is Strong And There Are No Plans Of Sale Now Or In Future, Says HTC's Senior Director-Marketing
Atithya Amaresh from EFYTimes had an exclusive chat with Sirpa H. Ikola, senior director, Marketing, South Asia, HTC about its devices and its plans w...
   
  View All
Videos
 
First Look: LG Optimus G
The phone sports a high-end display and comes powered by a powerful processor. ...
Create QR-Codes For Free
TEC-IT releases the freeware QR-Code Studio to provide a quick and convenient way of QR code creation for every application scenario....
DoT Secretary Shares Plans For Growth Of Telecom Sector
M.F. Farooqui has recently taken charge as secretary, Department of Telecom....
Hands-On: Sony Xperia Z
Xperia Z is Sony's first entrant model in the big-screen smartphone category. ...
Hands On: Videocon A30 Smartphone
Videocon, the consumer electronics company which is known for its refrigerators, washing machine and air-conditioner has unveiled its Android-based sm...
   
View All
   
 
IFA 2014
 
IFA 2014: LG Launches 34-Inches Curved Monitor
The company is yet to confirm price and availability of the device....
IFA 2014: Intel Launches First Core M Range Of Processors
This range of processors is tailor-made for 2-in-1 devices which include a tablet and a laptop....
MWC 2014: Tablet Lets People Feel Textures On Its Screen
Now feel what you see on your tablet, by way of ultrasonic waves....
MWC 2014: 4K Android Tablet Games To Kill Consoles, iPad
Tablet makers like Samsung want to beat the iPad by making 4K tabs. ...
MWC 2014: This Vodafone Backpack Helps Get Network In Disaster Situations
Two engineers of Vodafone New Zealand displayed the "mini" mobile network by Vodafone substructure in a backpack. ...
MWC 2014: Wilocity Chipset To Bring 'Lightening' Speed To Mobile Phones
Wilocity has developed a WiGig chipset for mobile phones that will bring lightning-fast wireless capability ...
MWC 2014: Samsung Introduces Octacore, Hexacore Chipsets
The Korean giant, Samsung unveiled two new octacore and hexacore chipsets at MWC 2014, in Barcelona. The company previously used Exynos 5 Octa 5410 ch...
   
View All
   
 
Events
 
19th Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair To Be Held On ...

View All
   
   
 
 

home archives contact us advertise with us
           
Magazines Portals Directories Events News Verticals Educational Institute  
Electronics for You
Open Source for You
Electronics Bazaar
electronicsforu.com
efytimes.com
opensourceforu.com
electronicsb2b.com
Electronics Annual Guide
EFY EXPO INDIA
EFY EXPO WEST
ELECTRONICS ROCKS
EFY Awards
OSIDAYS Expo
Electronics
Infotech
Linux & Open Source
Consumer Electronics
Science & Technology
BPO
EFY Techcenter

Educational Kits
Kitsnspares.com  
 
 
© Copyright 2014 EFY Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without written permission is prohibited.
Usage of the content from the web site is subject to Terms and Conditions