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Measuring Unity Usability for Ubuntu 11.04

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The release of Ubuntu 11.04 is imminent, and with it will come a radically new type of desktop interface in the form of Unity. Will users love it or hate? A recent report from Canonical’s design team provides some telling insights. Here are the highlights.

The report, by Charline Poirier of Canonical’s design team, discusses both a number of major improvements that have been implemented in Unity since it debuted last year, as well as several problems which user testing reveals to be persistent on the eve of the Ubuntu 11.04 release.

What’s Fixed

First, the positive: Since last October, when Mark Shuttleworth announced that Unity would become the default interface for all desktop versions of Ubuntu, expanding on its original role in the netbook-specific build, a number of major problems with Unity appear to have been effectively addressed by developers. Poirier’s report mentions a number of improvements, the most remarkable of which include:

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