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Re: Some basic ideas for Ubuntu TV.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad
<joerlend.schinstad@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Den 29. nov. 2011 02:38, skrev Thomas Mashos:
>> While I agree that having all those features would be pretty neat, we need
>> to make sure we don't over-complicate things for the end-user.
> Great, then we agree. My point is based on the fact that we have to provide
> the desktop in any case. I mean, the system will be Ubuntu. That means
> having GNU/Linux at the bottom, with apt and all that. Then we'll have
> Wayland, most likely. We'll need to use Network Manager, because we
> obviously want Ubuntu TV to have networking capabilities, for a long list of
> reasons. Can't have a TV without audio, so we'll have PulseAudio as well.
> We'll want to have notifications. After all, the notification bubbles are
> very much inspired by those in use on TV. So not providing them for Ubuntu
> TV would be silly. We'll probably want some kind of indicators, for things
> like "Recording of the show x has finished" or somthing like that.
> So, I've pretty much described Ubuntu Desktop without any apps. I don't see
> any reason why we shouldn't allow the user to install any software he wants
> to. It's Ubuntu, after all. I see very good reasons why someone would want
> to run the music player, for instance. If you agree with all this, then you
> have to agree that the normal desktop Unity should be provided. In addition
> to that, of course, we'll need something that is specific to TV which will
> be the default view when you log in. The question, then, is how to switch
> between the two views. As you say, this has to be dead easy.
> I'm off for the night.
> Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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I think you are over-complicating things for the user. The interface
needs to be dead simple. My 4 year old niece better be able to use it.
My grandmother better be able to use it. My wife better be able to use
it. What happens if someone launches an application that doesn't
accept remote control input? What if they don't have a keyboard/mouse
attached? What if they haven't installed synergy yet? While you or I
can fix this rather quickly, I don't expect my wife to SSH into the TV
to fix things.

Thomas Mashos