Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Dec 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by chully
Gnome Over the weekend, there has been a bit of a ruffling of the feathers over in the GNOME camp. It started with complaints received about the content on Planet GNOME, and ended with people proposing and organising a vote to split GNOME from the GNU Project.
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* Almost no flexibility in configuration options.

If you are referring to GUI configuration, yes. But that sure has it advantages: Everybody who has used Windows since version 95 can use the next person's Windows as well. No confusion, just start working.

* Ani-malware tools are a requirement.

I disagree. The noobs may need it, companies may need it. Advanced users and power users don't necessarily need it, brain.exe should be sufficent.

* Half my hardware needs drivers that have to be downloaded first.

Get past the XP days, please. Today, in most cases Windows 7 just detects everything and loads the drivers needed via Windows Update.

* No decent window management.

IMHO that is true for pre W7, but Microsoft has done significant improvements in that area for 7 and I like it a lot. My girlfriend is now fully on Windows 7 and trust me, the new taskbar works far better. And one feature that KDE now copies from W7 is very cool: Drag window to a side and it spans to half of the screen width. She uses that quite often, it's very very handy and easy to understand.

* No consistency among applications (menu bar below toolbar here, menu bar above toolbar there, ribbon somewhere else)

Well, Linux is only consistent among apps if you use a small set of poster child apps. My favorite jukebox on Linux is Songbird, it looks totally different to anything else.

* Hardware works out of the box.

Only as long as it decides not to work ;-)
That sure is an argument easily destroyed. If the Kernel version of yours doesn't support a particular component, you are pretty much screwed. And look at different Linux forums, people do have problems and things may break when switching to a newer version of your distribution.

* Major leaps in functionality every six months.

A lot of it is just catch up. You may give some examples.

I've also used Mac OS X for many years. Even Mac OS X 10.3 is still better than recent Windows versions.

Panther was my reason to switch to the Mac. But again, W7 has made huge improvements in usuability, the old thinking doesn't apply here.

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