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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The problem is...
by pantheraleo on Tue 27th Jan 2009 18:30 UTC
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More often than not, these changes are nothing more than visual effects at best, and a step backwards in usability at worst. For example every attempt to replace the taskbar has usually resulted in something even worse. When it comes to virtual desktops, Apple's "Spaces" is a usability nightmare. The four little boxes on the taskbar on GNOME for switching desktops are simple, effective, and get the job done.

It's not that I have an aversion to change. It's that most of these changes are nothing more than showing off visual effects--often at the expense of usability.

Edited 2009-01-27 18:30 UTC

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