This is an object lesson in how not to lay out a screen.
Background: While configuring a Linux PC I was setting up Ubuntu One, Canonical's cloud sync service. After I entered the confirmation code I received via email, I was taken to this screen.
My first reaction: Blargh! Where do I look first? What do I do?
Let's break it down:
1. None of the calls-to-action appear to be primary. Nothing screams "Start here! Click me first!"
2. The layout is an eye-hurt. No really. I'm not exaggerating, it /actually/ hurts my eyes. I can't recall the last time a screen layout actually made me go cross-eyed. None of the page elements - controls, text, images - seem to have been aligned. It looks like the UI fairy barfed up links and controls onto the page.
3. When I was a wee little UX baby, mama always told me "If you can't choose one font size, might as well use them all." Unfortunately, mama was wrong. On this screen it adds to the difficulty finding the "start here" call-to-action.
4. Screenshots are helpful in theory. But they have to illustrate something helpful to the user. This one falls short. The detail is too small to be of use. It just causes eyestrain. Or maybe I'm just getting old, and you youngsters have no problem with it. Well good for you. And get off my lawn.
I know I've ranked on Linux before, and I readily admit that Canonical has made great strides creating a better user experience for desktop Linux. Ubuntu 11.10 is by far the most usable Ubuntu release ever, and Ubuntu has always stood above other distros in the install, setup, familiarization and adoption user experience. But like any app or OS that comes from a legacy of "built by geeks for geeks", there will always be areas of the user experience that don't get the UX love and attention they deserve.