Apparently Ubuntu is considering a move away from traditional GUI menus to use an interface called HUD (presumably Heads Up Display). I watched a short video on the Read Write Web site. There is also more information on Mark Shuttleworth’s blog.
My first thought was that it reminded me of several interfaces I have used briefly over the years. I can’t remember the names but I think this could be a good step forward. I stopped using the other interfaces because they were only add-ons. Not being deeply integrated with the operating system they had their limits and it was easy to forget them as various upgrades came in. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings; the point and click interface has its limits, too.
The HUD looks a bit like a command line for the windowing system; I still spend a lot of my time using the CLI so it is all good news for me.