Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2007 20:44 UTC, submitted by theosib
Linux The founder of the Open Graphics Project writes: "Good design and usability are very important. I haven't paid enough attention to the discussions between Linus and GNOME developers, so I can't address it directly. But what I can say is that a learning curve is not a bad thing. While it's good to think about the total novice, it's even more important to have consistent and logical mechanisms. This way, if someone has to learn something new to use the computer, they have to learn it only once. This is why I think it's good that Apple and Microsoft have UI development guides that encourage developers to make their apps act consistently with other apps in areas where their functionalities conceptually overlap. And this is where I start to get disappointed with GNU/X11/Linux systems."
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RE: Application files
by Yamin on Fri 30th Mar 2007 21:42 UTC in reply to "Application files"
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I think the article mentions quite a few times to drop your ego. Why not try to see what benefit linux can get from adopting other approaches than simply saying "well windows screws up this way or that way..." If anything, the article is talking about Apple's success.

No, Windows doesn't handle install/uninstall well. However, the basic idea of a central location for an application is a good intuitive one. That's where MS has been heading...but of course they're held back by compatibility issues. The same goes for program settings. Apple learned from Microsoft and Linux and took the most reasonable path. Standard, but separate files.

"In Linux, the package manager will look after them for you." Yes, and in windows the registry will look after your all your settings <sarcasm>. Sometimes things don't work. Sometimes you install stuff outside the package manager. Sometimes I like to just like explore settings and replacing files. Developers like intuition too.

Intuitive UIs are absolutely needed. It's not so much about consistency as it is about intuitiveness. For example, I recently installed Ubuntu on my laptop. I see the 'start menu' and I start to explore all the programs. Now I want to edit this menu. I right click an item to remove it...Nothing happens WTH. Why is this menu not responding to my right clicks. Oh, I have to go to a special program to edit the menu. Needless to stay, Kubuntu took over quite shortly.

Yes, all the Windows apps are rarely consistent, but they are largely intuitive. Consider MSN messenger. Everything is fairly intuitive with the exception of changing your display name (Why can't u click and edit it and you can with your personal message text? )

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