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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Change is not my issue...
by ncc4100 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 17:00 UTC
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Like most people, I hate to see my environment change - especially when I am fully comfortable with it. However, change is inevitable and I deal with it. However, what bothers me the most is incomplete change put upon the users. Vista was released too early and frankly, so was KDE 4. User interface designers have to respect the users. If a change is required, the change must be polished. I loved KDE. I have been a loyal user for a long time. Recently, I upgraded (via Kubuntu 8.10) to 4.1. While it is nice, it definitely was not ready for prime time. I have a relatively good machine (dual core, 3 GHz, 2 gig memory, 10K RPM disk) and the interface is slow, noticeably slow. Some applications don't exit gracefully (firefox hangs 90% of the time when I close it) and I am forced to use the kill command. This didn't happen in KDE 3 using the same program (firefox). People are leaving KDE because of the issues that the KDE put upon the users.

Vista has backward compatibility issues, processes hang and a reboot is required. While these issues do not happen to everybody, it happens enough.

Change isn't bad. However, programmers need to be aware of their users. If a user interface needs a change, the change needs to polished and usable. We need to stop treating the users as beta testers.

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