Ubuntu team knows how to stay in news. Two months before the release of Ubuntu 12.04, Mark has exploded a bomb which is making everyone talk about Ubuntu. This time its HUD in the spot-light. Both sides, those against the idea of messing up with Ubuntu UI and those who support it are trying to put forth their points in a constructive manner.
Marco Kirchberger sees great potential in HUD, like many others. He has proposed that:
1. Remove the whole menu from the Top Bar and replace it with a button. If the user click on the button or hover the HUD should open. Also keep the possibility to start the HUD with "Alt". So you don't have anymore the problem that applications with a lot of menu entries overlap with the app indicators (Gimp, LibreOffice).
It seems to be a radical and aggressive change. Jo-Erlend Schinstad rightly said, "That would be way too radical for 12.04. That won't happen, or at least I hope so. The last thing we need now, is large and sudden changes. What we need now, is for new options to be added, for people to try it out, talk about them and then we see what works."
Marco agrees with his view and presents us with a mockup of HUD.
He further explains:
Yes I absolutely agree with you that is for 12.04 to radical but in generally with HUD you have the possibility. I think it is important that the users have both possibilities. HUD command search and traditional menu (only a other view).
What is your opinion. Head's up!