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Long Term Vision (LTV)

The following is a concept proposal to the Ubuntu Art Team and is not an official Ubuntu long term roadmap All images were created by me and are all freely available to the Linux community.

Long Term Vision (LTV) has the following goals:

  • integrate common online tools (email, social networking sites, etc) into the OS’s UI
  • make the PC user experience more like consumer electronics
  • provide an emotionally compelling and artistic package

If you would like to take part in any aspect of this theme, go to its Launchpad page here:XXXXXXX. LTV’s numerous changes can be addressed modularly, in order of ease of implementation. Most of the stylistic changes are easily implementable in time for Intrepid Ibex – others may have to be added later.

LTV’s basic characteristics include:

  • Task-based, tabbed main menu (inspired by Mayanna)
  • tabbed favorites launcher (inspired by Mayanna-Bar), where tabs correlate to main menu tabs
  • no bottom panel, its functions are merged into the top panel
  • desktop switcher only viewable on clicking its icon (it takes up too much space)
  • global menu for active window
  • window buttons displayed by single icons (like Netbook Remix), right to left, next to notification panel
  • circular right click menus with novel (space saving) super and sub ordinal navigation system * notification panel is visually distinguished from the rest of the top panel
  • tabbed Nautilus navigation (multiple locations open in a single window)
  • consistent look for system and window menus
  • new maximize, minimize, and close buttons
  • new larger back button in nautilus (advocate use system-wide)
  • attractive open source photographic images included with the distribution, if not default
  • Brown, black, and orange semi-translucent theme tying it all together
  • New icons (all the icons in the sample images below were found on the internet, i.e. they are not GPL – a whole new icon set will have to be made for LTV, or use stock)


Anchor(Palette) Palette



[attachment:LTV_PaletteLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

LTV’s color palette heavily uses brown not only because it is an Ubuntu tradition; brown is actually heavily used in graphic design, industrial design, and fashion. In clothing and interior design, brown has a history of being associated with the vanguard of high-fashion and expensive designer goods – think Starbucks, designer clothing outlets, and haut couture.

Bright colors like oranges and reds are used sparingly, as embellishments. Excessive use of bright colors is visually and emotionally taxing (imagine living in a house that is all red or all orange). This can even lead to negative emotional associations for the user, i.e. most people will likely want to avoid using such a theme.

Active and Inactive Windows


[attachment:LTV_Windows.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Active Window and Global Menu Appearance


[attachment:LTV_WindowandGlobalMenu.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Detail of Window Buttons


[attachment:LTV_WindowButtons.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Detail of Forward/Back Button


[attachment:LTV_ForwardBack.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

LTV is designed to be a moving target, and I have already received some feedback about changes people would like to see even before I posted this wiki. Order of operations is: 1) coordinate with people willing to help; 2) develop a realistic schedule and division of labor, then; 3) discuss how to make changes to each of the individual listed items above as we go through the list.

Tabbed Main Menu

The tabbed menu system is function-for-function inspired by the Mayanna (originally Gimmie) project’s human interface work. Mayanna successfully organizes functions based on tasks, and integrates many features from popular web tools into the main menu, such as Gmail, IM, and Facebook. This interface would completely differentiate Ubuntu from any other competing OS, and be a radical improvement over human-machine interfaces used over the past 40 yrs.

Computer Menu


[attachment:LTV_ComputerMenuLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Applications Menu


[attachment:LTV_ApplicationsMenuLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Documents Menu


[attachment:LTV_DocumentsMenuLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

People Menu


[attachment:LTV_PeopleMenuLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Tabbed Favorites Bar

The “Favorites Bar” is a tabbed launcher application. There are 4 tabs, Computer, Applications, Documents, and People, correlated to the 4 tabs on the main menu. Newer systems could use clutter based animations, while older systems could use static/non-scaling icons.

Though inspired by AWN and the tab-based Mayanna Bar, the Favorites Bar does not display window buttons like AWN -- those are displayed on the top panel (discussed below). The Favorites Bar is a tool for displaying a user’s favorite objects, be they application launching icons, commonly accessed files or folders, panel displays (such as the system monitor, trash can, or desktop switcher), or even desktop widgets/screenlets/desklets.

As soon as a new object is added (by either dragging the object into the tabbed zone, or right clicking an object and choosing “add to favorites”), the Favorites bar automatically categorizes and files it into the appropriate tab based on its file-type. So, for instance, when the computer detects you have added a “favorites” file ending in .png, or .jpg, it automatically knows it is a kind of document, and files it under the documents tab. A list of all favorites can be viewed at one time by going to the “Computer Menu” panel – “Favorites” is the first option at the top of the panel.

Tabbed Favorites Bar Views


[attachment:LTV_TabbedFavoritesBarLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

The Favorites Bar uses a scrollable icon system instead of scalable icons (AWN). Scalable icons result in a messy look, and shifting icon sizes makes them moving targets -- sub-optimal by Fitt’s Law. There are good arguments for and against AWN-type docks (http://www.xvsxp.com/interface/dvt_advanced.php), but the biggest is to not look too much like competing OSs. I imagine at least three possible ways of scrolling: A) track-pad or mouse scroll-wheel scrolling; Awesome! B) zone-based acceleration; or C) a pull-bar that become visible on mouse-over.

Global Menus for Active Windows

LTV uses a global menu system for active windows. This is possible already using existing code, though is unstable.

Active Window Global Menus


[attachment:LTV_GlobalMenusLarge.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Window Buttons

The LTV theme displays window buttons in a way similar to Ubuntu’s “Netbook Remix.” Mouse-over gives live preview and window title.

Window Icons on the Upper Panel


[attachment:LTV_WindowIcons.png View Large] :: Image by Brian Fleeger

Circular Right Click Menus

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