Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:08 UTC
Linux A complaint you hear quite often is that the Linux desktop environments, which mostly refers to KDE and GNOME, are trying too hard to be like Windows and Mac OS X. Now, even James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at Novell, Director of the Linux Foundation, and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board (put that on your business card) states in an interview that he believes the Linux desktop is too much like Windows and Mac.
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SterlingNorth
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2006-02-21

1) The logout/shutdown icons in vista are stolen from KDE...see the far right of the toolbar in this screenshot. KDE has had them for several years now, and suddenly the same RED and BLUE icons are in vista.
http://www.doxxx.net/kde-usability/kde31a-default.png


You are a twit! Those have been the standardized icons for power and sleep mode for decades! see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol or http://eetd.lbl.gov/Controls/publications/switch5.pdf

Anyway, red has always been used as an danger/alert color or attention grabbing color. I have dozens of remotes that use red to denote the power button. And I don't think I need to explain why the lock function would use a lock for an icon.

2)The new Start button is a copy of the very popular "Marble" icon theme for KDE.


It's a round button. I can point to lots of round buttons in life.


3) The new theme for IE, is a copy of the same icons used in a Firefox theme. There is a theme that has the exact "shaped" same blue forwards/backwards icons like the new version of IE.


Or perhaps Firefox correctly followed the Windows User Interface Guidelines when they developed its Windows UI.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx

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