Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:46 UTC
Editorial With Windows 7 having made its grand debut, and with KDE4's vision making leaps and bounds forward with every release, we have two major software projects that have decided to implement some fairly drastic interface changes. Such changes are bound to receive some harsh criticisms - but the funny thing is, these criticisms usually come from people you least expect it from.
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To Boldly Go
by boots on Tue 27th Jan 2009 14:59 UTC
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There is a difference between subtly changing how things are presented / performed by the user and changing / rewriting the entire underlying infrastructure that supports that. KDE4 does both. Which means aside from user frustration in terms of re-learning paradigms (with little or no discernable or tested productivity gains) there is also the extreme frustration of getting things to just plain work. perfectly well working applications have lost much functionality and interop. Will it be worth it? Maybe, eventually. In the meantime (I talking years) it has not been overly successful from a user perspective.

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