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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RE: Yeah...
by vikramsharma on Fri 28th Aug 2009 04:10 UTC in reply to "Yeah..."
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You have hit the nail on the head, for example my brother does not like using Linux or Mac OS X as he expects Linux based Operating System and Mac OS X to behave exactly like Windows because he and so many people I know take Windows to be a standard. Microsoft rules the desktop market as of now and Windows is seen as a standard, anything else is perceived as non-standard by an average Joe user. Simple example would be the implementation of copy/paste in Windows and Mac OS X ctrl+c and ctrl+v on Windows as opposed to cmd+c and cmd+v on the Mac.

There are always going to be similarities too, KDE (haven't used KDE 4.x) used to remind me of Windows and Gnome of Mac (hence I use Gnome). I am not saying that KDE/Gnome are a copy of Windows and Mac environment, but familiarity makes it easier for a user to relate to and get his/her job done.

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