Five features we’d love to see in Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04, aka Precise Pangolin will be the next release of the ‘Linux for human beings’ distro that is Ubuntu. Ubuntu has gained worldwide popularity because it is safe, secure, simple and above all, its free! Ubuntu has long been the favourite of geeks and enthusiasts, including myself. We’re eagerly waiting for the release, that’ll take place in spring 2012. Here is a compilation of five features that we ought to see on the next major installment.

1. Integrated WINEWINE is one of the first package someone installs, when he/she installs Ubuntu. My simple advice is, integrate WINE into Ubuntu. For those of you who don’t know, WINE (Wine Is Not a Emulaor) is an application that allows unmodified Windows applications to be run on Linux using open source dlls.

This software is a must need for all and it should be integrated into the liveCD, as most Ubuntu users who are migrators from Windows, do miss their applications.

2. Dual Interface Windows 8 with its dual metro and classic UI was able to win many fans. With native GNOME3 support in Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical can do some serious changes with the native UI and make a new UI, something more usable and flashy than the boring Unity. Ubuntu has a nice consortium of visual effects, that can be done more with if users have a choice, just like Aero Flip.  I think all users can submit their versions of the same, if they wish to and there’s enough time for canonical to integrate them in the Pangolin!

3. Touchscreen supportUbuntu does support touch input but the output is haphazard, with no application optimized fully for touchscreens. Take the case of LibreOffice, its all buttons and buttons, some of which are too small to be used for touch based devices, Touchscreens, becoming the norm of the day, with tablets and touch monitors do have a nice future. A guy, superfoor has given a nice implementation of this on a fan art…

 4. VLC integration into the shellAfter Rhythmbox and Banshee, now its the time of the most popular open source media player int he world, the evergreen VLC. I really liked how Banshee and Rhythmbox were integrated. VLC with its wider format support, smoothness, quickness and its plethora of options is awesome. It is a request to Canonical to do it as quickly as they can.


5. Cloud MenuCloud apps on Chromium can be shown on the Applications menu by the name of cloud/online category. It’ll help faster computing on high speed networks. Also cloud apps must be given some privileges to the system, so as to help in better integration. Just like Ubuntu One, more cloud based apps should be added.

Give us these five features and Ubuntu 12.04 will be a definite hit. If someone agrees/disagrees with the points stated by me, he/she is free to comment. Also you may add more points if you wish to!


  1. Please do not integrate wine!! Nobody wants windows programs! You only have that much trouble with these programs (e.g. you have to use wine) because they cannot be ported to ubuntu since they are closed source.
    If they are open source there is in 99% of the cases a port of the software – so wine is superfluous.

  2. I just came across your list of requests and while thought out to some extent I will have to go ahead and disagree for the most part. I am in agreement that linux (specifically Ubuntu) would do best to take advantage of the internet connectivity that is afforded in it’s structure and outpace Windows and OS X. I believe however that many of the other requests given are either unnecessary or counterproductive. I am not opposed to integrating the VLC program better into the shell but it’s currently capable of running in a manner consistent with how banshee was integrated (just not part of the icon theme by default), so integrating it further is just eye candy that is not necessary for further functionality.

    Ubuntu’s touchscreen UI is Unity. This is the UI that they are currently working toward porting to Mobile phones and Tablets. Understandably too as there is much development of the “large icon” method toward computing that makes everything look like some knockoff of OS X or iOS (not a UI I enjoy but seems to be very popular.)

    You can drop the Unity interface at the logon screen so one of your requests was handled prior to your document being published.

    This leaves me with only one point left. Integrating WINE is a terrible idea. I have not and will not run WINE on any system that I utilize for anything beyond testing purposes. WINE is a very good method of implementing Windows programs on Linux. It is so good that it can and will allow for Windows viruses to propagate on Linux systems. This defeats much of the programming done to safeguard the system. There are precious few games for Linux and it is understandable that installing them through WINE is the only real answer however, given the pitfalls it seems a much better solution to allow users to install the package separately and allow for them to experience the software corruption without needing to adjust Windows security as well as your own.

    I am just a user though and my opinion doesn’t generate much for revenue so perhaps you are correct and I am not but I guess that’s just my 2 cents.

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