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Review the UNE seeds for applications that we install by default and discuss which to remove/add/change.

Release Note



We want to keep the default installation delivering a system which benefits most users and meets their expectations and needs. These expectations, as well as the applications themeselves, change over time. Furthermore, netbook usage is different from desktop one, hence other needs as default applications


General Interface

UNE was, until lucid, delivering some different variation of netbook-launcher, a 3D interface using clutter. Now, DX experience team delivered "unity" with a lot of design and usability improvements. This interface will be the default on maverick

DX new indicators and Global Menu

In the continuity of previous redesign, a global menu (treated in a different spec), as well as new indicators will be part of maverick version of UNE.


This one is also detailed in another maverick spec, but using chromium by default on UNE will be the way to go. We already have a lot of users using it on a daily basis (seeing on FLOSS conference), it seems really reactive and well adapted to small screens. Of course, there are also some drawbacks, treated into the other spec.

light mail composer

We will still use evolution as default mail composer. We will try to see if the express version of evolution fit there (it's in the default evolution source now) or if some tweaks to the GUI will be needed.

Image experience

We will follow the desktop default image editing experience choice

Office tools

OOo has still non replacement, especially for presentation. The ARM team developed an integration with zoho online service, we will try to get them into the featured apps

Music/Video experience

We can have a try with banshee there, as rhythmbox doesn't really fit small screen. Furthermore, banshee has a dedicated netbook interface. We can give it a try and see if we either: - keep rhythmbox - have a go with banshee default interface with some ui tweaks for netbook - use banshee with its netbook interface.

Test/Demo Plan

N/A. Just verify that the changes above are in the life system.