Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE: Haiku's UI dated?
by HappyGod on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 04:53 UTC in reply to "Haiku's UI dated?"
HappyGod
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OK, first up, I've never used Haiku (or BeOS), so I'm basing my opinions purely off your screenshots. You can correct me anywhere the real-life experience differs from what I mention here.

It looks dated because:

1. The icons look cartoon-like. This is not allowed these days. Compare the windows7 trash icon with the Haiku equivalent. You want realism, and you want hi-res.

2. It's all a bit grey. Title-bars, buttons, scrollbars, menus etc, are all Soviet Russia. These days you want some colour here and there.

3. Soften it up. Every window, button and control appears to have sharp corners. 90 degree corners == 90's styling.

4. Integrated 3D effects are not an option. Must have.

I'd just like to add that although these things make the OS look dated, I actually prefer it.

The first thing I do to either Linux or Windows is turn off all the 3D crap, and set the colour scheme to military grey.

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