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5 problems with Ubuntu 12.04 part 1: Unity Dash usability issues

Apr 04, 2012, 03:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Barnes)

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"Firstly, Wendy also neglected to realise the name of the email client as 'Thunderbird'. Had she searched for that (or even 'mail' as it transpires) she would have scored a hit on her search of the Dash.

"Wendy is now ?doing it wrong? in full Olympic 2012 style. Surely everybody knows what Mozilla Thunderbird is, but that?s Wendy for you ? you really couldn?t make it up.

"The more glaring mistake, though, is that she neglected to spot the small envelope on the top right of the screen, just next to the battery and network indicators. It?s a drop-down menu that would have got her moving in the right direction.

"Why didn?t Wendy see it at first glance? In this instance we feel compelled to stand to her defence ? the better question should probably be: 'why would she see it at first glance?'

"Ubuntu is one of the few operating system slash distro derivatives that treats email and messaging in this fashion. No big deal, but does that excuse the lack of a shortcut in the launcher?"

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