Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 21:49 UTC
Editorial "I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years. Last January, I got a new Dell Latitude D630 laptop and decided to install Kubuntu on it, but within a few weeks, I went back to GNOME. Does this mean GNOME is now a better desktop than KDE, or just that I have become so accustomed to GNOME that it's hard for me to give it up?"
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RE[2]: It's the applications
by leos on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 00:16 UTC in reply to "RE: It's the applications"
leos
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2005-09-21

At the time the first CD recorder came up people started to ask "how do i use it" and the first reaction was "write a application". But in my eye this was a mistake. We don't have a special app to write to a floppy, we don't have a spcial app to write to a memory-stick, we don't have a special app to write to a memory-card, etc. So why should we have a special app to write to a CD/DVD?


Because writing to a CD is more complicated than either a floppy, hard drive, or USB disk. Now I have no objection to integrating CD burning into a file manager, to allow people to put a couple files on a CD quickly, but that does not negate the need for a dedicated burning app. You still need to be able to burn CD images, you need to be able to set options like disk at once or similar, you need the ability to burn video discs, etc.

Writing to a CD/DVD should be as normal as writing to any other storage. This means: burn files to a CD/DVD? Use the filemanager. Burn a Audio-CD? User your Jukebox. Burn a Video? Use your Video app. etc.


Awesome. So now we need every application to be a jack of all trades. No thanks, I don't want my video player to be a burning program as well. Even if one video player had that capability, not all of them would, so you still need a burning app. I like my apps to be reasonably lightweight. I play music all day, and burn a CD maybe once a year. Definitely doesn't justify the extra bloat, both code and UI wise.

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