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Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal: Successes and Failures

May 03, 2011, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"This concern has always loomed large in Ubuntu. However, it became even stronger several years ago, when Shuttleworth decided that usability and design were areas where Ubuntu and its corporate arm Canonical could "make a significant contribution" to open source software. Since then, Ubuntu has introduced such innovations as the app indicators, the repositioning of title bar buttons, and a new color-coded default theme reminiscent of Apple's.

"In 11.04, this concern continues on all levels. At the level of widgets -- the pieces of windows used to manipulate them -- you might notice that Natty has done away with the traditional scroll bar.

"Instead, Natty offers what its developers call "overlay scrollbars": a red gauge a few pixels thick to indicate the current position in the window. When you need to change your position in the window, running the cursor over the gauge summons a set of arrows outside the window that you can drag upon."

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