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Ubuntu 11.10 launch interview - Unity is here to stay

Oct 11, 2011, 18:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Halfacree)

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"You mention making the concept of Lenses clearer – what are the best examples of real-world uses of Lenses in Ubuntu?

"For a few months now there's been a Help Lens, which is a Lens that accesses Ask Ubuntu – an external site with lots of help and support queries and answers for Ubuntu. So, a Lens uses the same interface, more or less, as the Dash, so users don't have to learn a new interface in order to access different types of content.

"With this release, we're bringing out the Music Lens, which offers a Dash-like experience and allows you to use the search bar to search for, let's say, Abba – it'll display all the Abba that you have locally on your machine, and it'll also display any Abba available in the Ubuntu One cloud, and then also it will – and I'm not quite sure if this is going to land at release, or just after – but basically it'll also allow you to access all the Abba that's available on the Amazon Music Store or on the Ubuntu One Music Store, so I can purchase that directly within the same Lens.

"Once purchased that music will be made available through to Ubuntu One Cloud so I can stream that music to my local Banshee player on Ubuntu or I can play it on my iPhone or on my Android device, or however I choose to listen to my music. So, that represents a breakdown of where my music is available, how I access this music – so basically we're sort of elevating the content away from the operating system. We're starting to see that in various real ways that we hope people will find convenient and useful."

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