Some folks need focus. That has never been my problem. I often concentrate so tightly I ignore impending disasters all around… The claim is being made that Ubuntu’s Unity GUI forces people to focus and become more efficient. Nonsense… I know exactly what I am doing and if a single application won’t do everything I need, I do need to switch from one to another. That’s not inefficiency. That’s getting the job done.
Example: I browse a lot for my blog. When I find a likely story, I am using the browser most likely. I start the post from a different tab of the browser and from time to time, I need to enter other data. If it does not exist, I have to create data, say a graph or table. There are better tools for that, like the office suite, LibreOffice. I may also take a screenshot, download files, do a calculation, run a process on another computer… I pick the tools I think are best for those tasks and I want to quickly change tasks as a part of the work I do. It’s not multi-tasking so much as doing complex tasks and the browser is not the tool I choose to use for everything. I doubt there is a browser that would work exactly the way I want to do the job. I could create some web applications to do some tasks, but it’s just better to use familiar tools sometimes. I should not have to change how I work to suit Canonical’s vision. I could restrict myself to the browser but that would eliminate a lot of features relevant to the tasks at hand.
“Unity is making the desktop seriously efficient again by making the user focus on a single task”
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