thanks for the interesting link.
usability is a word that immediately leaps to my mind, reading the article and having tried u11.04's unity.
it has usability potential but on a rather low level of computing (communicating would probably be a more appropriate word).
undoubtedly there's a market for a desktop like unity, once it's a bit more grown up, and i even can see a few benefits.
but now it looks like it's in a void, balancing somewhere on the rim of the evolution of operating systems.
maybe ubuntu is no longer targeting per se at home and office users but more towards developers?
it still is the base for a lot of derivatives with more common usable desktops. there's even x-org based lubuntu.
but weren't computers also meant to be used for, eh, what's that word again? ah, yes: computing!
so i'll stick to an enterprise os like pardus because i need the stability, security and being able to do some work. the rest is for tinkering with...