Ubuntu Tries to Do Away with Menus, Enter Heads Up Display, or HUD

As in case of any UX change, Unity had haters too. For a brief initial period, I myself was not a big fan of Unity, but with time, it grew on me. HUD integrates strongly with Unity, and increase productivity for power users. However, HUD and Unity today are facing the same challenges that the first GUI faced back in the days of CLI. Clearly, people are worried if it will do away with menus totally, and they would have to learn multiple application-specific menu navigation. Let us see how smartly Ubuntu addresses this problem. For now, I cannot help saying “I am sold, HUD”.

You can see HUD and its awesome features in action, in this YouTube video. You can also read an interesting interview of John Lea (who leads the Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu TV design team), by  at OMGUbuntu.

How to get HUD?

HUD is exclusively available for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is the next major release of Ubuntu. However, you can try it at the HUD PPA.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.