Ubiquity HighlightsUbiquity lets users create, insert, edit, interact, discover and remix data with and from various internet services. You can even do other interesting things like find out weather information, make mathematical calculations and more. To summarize, it allows you to create mashups -- that is Web 2.0 terminology for essentially using data from various places while making it play nicely together.
Ubiquity is also very extendable -- Users can freely locate, install and create new commands to add to Ubiquity's functionality. There is already a place where you can view and install community built commands, and users are free to add their own -- and with time -- more interesting commands are sure to be implemented.
A GUI vs CLI ControversyJuno, an active member of the development community at Mozilla Labs, explained why he cares so much about linguistic interfaces and Ubiquity:
I want it [Ubiquity] to let me work on an even higher level of abstraction than the Firefox GUI. The email verb should let me shoot off a message to somebody just by specifying who they are and what I want to say to them. I don’t want to have to think about navigating to the page for my webmail, or think about which webmail service I’m using or whether I’m logged into it already or not. The email verb should invisibly handle those details for me as much as possible; it should make smart guesses about what I want, while allowing me to easily override it when it guesses wrong, and it should attempt to improve the accuracy of its guesses over time.However, some questions have arisen about Ubiquity's usefulness. VioletJoker, a commenter who posted on one of Juno's previous blog entries about Ubiquity, sarcastically stated that he thinks that this project just adds an unnecessary element of additional typing:
What a brilliant idea. Less GUI, more typing. In fact, the same thing applies to scripting languages - why all the clean abstractions, what the programmer really needs is more flexibility, so by extension, we should all develop in machine language. NOTThis person does bring up a great point about the fact that graphical user interfaces were developed to make things less complex and faster. Is it really necessary; will it succeed?