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Re: Some basic ideas for Ubuntu TV.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Ian Santopietro <isantop@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> They wouldn't, necessarily, but some apps will be better after being
> reworked for a larger screen. LibreOffice is a great example.
> Facilities currently exist in GTK3 to implement different UIs for the
> same app through XML.
> On the other hand, most of the games currently available would work
> fine on the TV as they are now, and will need little modification.
> Regardless, TV's aren't productivity devices, and they shouldn't be
> treated as such. Ubuntu on TV is about enhancing and integrating what
> people already do on TVs, not bringing Ubuntu Desktop to the TV
> itself.
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 15:02, Jo-Erlend Schinstad
> <joerlend.schinstad@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Den 28. nov. 2011 22:57, skrev Ian Santopietro:
>>> I'm not going to argue with that; using a TV for more than video is in
>>> idea I already enjoy, and one that I would expect from a complete
>>> Ubuntu TV implementation. However, having two modes (One for TV and
>>> one fr a full desktop) is a bad idea. Instead, how about taking a hint
>>> from other Smart TV OSs and use multiple Apps to do different things.
>>> You could have games as apps, TV as an app, possibly movies as an app,
>>> and a basic web browser too. There simply isn't any reason to have
>>> switching modes, when paradigms already exist for this very thing.
>> I don't understand. Do you propose that games, office suits, etc should be
>> re-written in order to be used on a big screen?
>> Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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I'm not sure I understand the point of OpenOffice type apps on the big
screen. Why do I want to look at a screen that is much farther away
from me to see the data (which BTW you will need to blow up the font
size to see it) when I can see the same data on a smaller screen that
is physically closer to me? That said, if you really wanted to do this
it could be accomplished via an app (eg. launch the synergy app on the
TV and you can now connect your netbook to it). I think this makes
more sense (in an app) than built in functionality.

As for the logging in portion, I still want to see the average TV's
day for a family of 4. I think Alan Bell's idea is probably the best
(the separate usb keys), although I think there are some security
risks with that scenario. If someone takes my key  (or just copies it)
can they now read and write all my data? Maybe we could make it read

To the point of "Family of products working together". Please don't
make added functionality come from owning other Ubuntu branded
devices. Make an Android app, IOS app, Windows app, OSX app, etc. If I
wanted to have vendor lock in I would own Apple devices.

Thomas Mashos

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