Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 09:16 UTC, submitted by Rahul
GTK+ "The primary goal of Project Ridley is to cut down on the number of problem libraries that are part of the GNOME platform. We propose to do this by moving functionality into GTK+, wherever it makes sense. These libraries are generally small, undermaintained, and buggy."
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by unoengborg on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 16:33 UTC
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On the other hand, why donít you try to compare GNOME/KDE with MS Windows or OS X. Are we appreciate that they are too matured and we have long way to reach them?

At least Gnome allready have much better usability than windows XP, so its not much point in comparing, at least not if the goal of the comparison is to see how Gnome can be improved. It still have some way to go to beat MacOS-X in this respect. T

he main difference when you compare MacOS-X and projects like Gnome and KDE is that these free projects seam to have far too many developers that want to create a good user interface to UNIX.

To most users this is irrellevant. They just want a system that works and get their job done. Far too often Unix concepts are mapped to concepts of everyday life, instead of map consepts of everyday life onto Unix. Ordinary users couldn't care less if it is UNIX or not as long as it works.

One example:
Look at the folder structure that is visible to ordinary users in the MacOS-X gui. It just shows the parts that ordinary office users needs. Compare that to Gnome or KDE that shows /etc, /proc, /root, /lib, /dev,
/bin, /boot,... none of which is of any use unless you are a developer or sysadmin.

However, if you suggest that these should be hidden by default even on a KDE or Gnome usability mailing list you get lots and lots of replies from developers that wants to keep them. It is like they don't think it is unix if you can't see these folders from the GUI, or is it that they feel threatened in their guruhood if ordinary users actually would find their product easy to use.

So, who will be the first in this forum to say that /etc really need to be visible by default?

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