Ubuntu and the Challenge of Design

“It’s October, and that means it’s time for a new Ubuntu
release. This year, it’s the big 10.10, the Maverick Meerkat, and
on the surface, it’s a beautiful piece of work

“he new default theme is sublime, muted, a pleasure on the eyes,
and the new Canonical designed font, also named “Ubuntu” is
likewise beautiful. In most respects, it seems that Ubuntu is
making good on the promise of Mark Shuttleworth to raise the bar
for desktop Linux from simply stable and usable to art.

“Shuttleworth has the right idea, but to truly accomplish his
task, he’s going to have to convince the rest of the open source
community of something Steve Jobs said about the iPod in 2003:
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is
how it works.”