Ubuntu's Shuttleworth wants Linux to "out-pretty" Apple desktop

Finally we realize that Linux on the desktop should be more attractive.

I've been writing about the year of the Linux desktop for at least five years at this point. So far, the majority of the progress seems to be coming from Ubuntu.

What's amazing to me is that more hardware companies don't spend time on the Linux desktop. No matter how good a PC or laptop may be, you are pretty much stuck on Windows. Unless you get a Mac. Then you have limited hardware choices. Seems like a huge opportunity considering the rise of browser-based applications.

Besides the lack of a few important applications, namely MS office and the Adobe suite there isn't much that you can't do on Linux. And considering there are viable replacements for both of those products, what's holding things back? User experience seems to be one answer.

Good looks go a long way according to Mark Shuttleworth.

"I think the great task in front of us in the next two years is to lift the experience of the Linux desktop from something stable and usable and not pretty, to something that's art," Shuttleworth said.

Via The Register

About the author

Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET


Looking for an affordable tablet?

CNET rounds up high-quality tablets that won't break your wallet.