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Re: Some basic ideas for Ubuntu TV.


Den 29. nov. 2011 01:10, skrev Ian Santopietro:
I never said it should only be used for viewing videos.

But, TVs are consumption devices, and should be treated as such. Think
of it as a large tablet. Tablets are great devices for watching
videos, surfing the internet, reading email, IM, and games. They also
work great for photo galleries, and listening to music. But they
aren't very good for being productive. Office isn't very good, photo

Why not? It's just a computer with a screen, right? As long as you connect a keyboard and mouse to it, I see no reason why it shouldn't be just as productive as any laptop -- unless the operating system assumes that you would never connect a keyboard and mouse. Why should you not use a normal Ubuntu desktop on this one, for instance? http://framsikt.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/asus-eee-transformer-pad-on-sale-from-april-6-to-c2a3-379.jpg. It's a tablet that sometimes has a keyboard and touchpad. The same would be true for the TV. If you have no keyboard and mouse attached, then it'd simply be used as a TV. When you attach a keyboard and mouse, then you can use it as an extra PC.

editors are mostly simple and geared towards correction, etc. This is
a perfect example of how TV's should be used. When the need to be
productive arises, the best thing the TV could do is to easily set up
your computer to be productive.

You are making the assumption that Ubuntu has to be like Android and Ios? I see no reason why a big screen with 1920x1080 shouldn't be used for office stuff. I mean... The computers that will be shipping with those TVs, will be more than powerful enough to run Ubuntu Desktop, and although the screen is further away, it's usually also larger. Nothing to prevent you from increasing the font-size if that's necessary though.

Computers, on the other hand, are much better for being productive,
and much worse for consumption. There's obviously a tradeoff, but I
typically don't like watching movies on my computer proper. The screen
is too small and too close, and the chair isn't good for relaxing. So
in this case, the best thing the computer could do is set up my TV to
watch the movie.

I really don't understand the distinction, other than previous software. Obviously, Ubuntu TV should provide good tools for watching video using a remote control. That doesn't prevent also providing a normal desktop view. I certainly don't understand what your chair has to do with anything. :)

Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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