Unity applications lens has duplicate and un-needed applications cluttering

Bug #907754 reported by Britt Yazel on 2011-12-22
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Ayatana Design
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Unity
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unity (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

In the Unity applications lens, there are dozens of applications listed that are also listed in system settings menu. Considering the system-settings window can be reached by clicking on the upper-right-hand-corner drop down menu, as well as from the "system settings" application launcher in the Application lens, is it really necessary to have all of those same programs listed in the application lens? There are over 20 duplicate and un-needed applications cluttering and getting in the way of the applications that people 'want' to get to.

Also, in the application lens there are logout, lock screen, restart, and shut down buttons present. Why is this? Those options are not even applications....having them in the applications menu makes it seem as if "shut down" is a program that can be run, rather than an integrated part of the operating system. Basically, these 4 options have no place in the application lens, as they are not even applications, as well as already being listed in the system drop down menu (in the upper right hand corner).

If the end goal is to make unity more user friendly and more organized, I just listed 27 items that can be removed from the application menu with, from what I can tell, no adverse consequences.

I am using the 12.04 alpha, but I can confirm that this is also present in 11.10.

Britt Yazel (bwyazel) on 2011-12-22
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → New
Britt Yazel (bwyazel) on 2011-12-23
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → New
Britt Yazel (bwyazel) wrote :

I definitely think that this is an issue that should be fixed for 12.04 lts. This is one of my biggest annoyances with Unity, and I do not believe it would be that hard to change. Am I the first person to notice this issue, or are the shut-down/logout/lock-screen/restart buttons there on purpose?

Britt Yazel (bwyazel) wrote :

When in Gnome-Shell, the list of applications is MUCH better than the list of applications in the Unity Application lens. Is there a way to get the Unity Application Lens to better match the applicaiton list found in Gnome-Shell? The lists 'technically' should be the same, though they are drastically different. Regardless, the Gnome-Shell list of applications is much cleaner and has less redundancy.

Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

This needs to be discussed with the design team before we can move forward.

tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Britt Yazel (bwyazel) wrote :

has there been any word on if and when this is going to get changed? Is there any way for me to stress the importance of this change, as I believe it would make Unity seem MUCH more user friendly and less daunting at first glance. Having 80+ applications in your applications list on a fresh install is obsurd, when it could easily be trimed down to less than 50 just by reducing redundancy!

Please consider this request for 12.04! I believe it is one of the few things that many people (including myself) find annoying/agrivating about Unity.

Britt Yazel (bwyazel) on 2012-02-21
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

please don't confirm bugs for ayatana-design :)

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Confirmed → New
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