7 open source innovations on the cutting edge

Think open source doesn’t innovate? Think again. Here are seven projects that are exploring exciting new directions in computing -- for free

By Neil McAllister |, InfoWorld |  Open Source, open source projects, slideshow

Open source innovation: Ubuntu Light/Unity

Ubuntu’s new user experience software, dubbed Unity, seeks to combine the ease-of-use and accessibility of a smartphone UI with the power and flexibility of a full-fledged Linux desktop. Gone are the traditional pull-down menus and desktop widgets, replaced by a simple, push-button-style taskbar. But this is no toy OS; it can potentially run any of the thousands of applications available for Linux, GUI or otherwise, and its real power becomes evident when paired with Ubuntu Light, a stripped-down formulation of Ubuntu Linux designed to take users from power-on to the Web in under 10 seconds. (Click to enlarge screenshot.)

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