Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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OMG that looks GOOD!
by MacMan on Fri 18th Jun 2010 22:01 UTC
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My original thoughts were oh freaking great, yet another freaking distro, but, dammed, that screenshot looks good! This really is what Ubuntu should be. (Yes, I use Ubuntu everyday).

What exactly is wrong with copying the way OSX looks? Apple spends a lot of money working on the UI (along with MS), why not take advantage of their work. Consider, the original goals of the GNU project: from what I have read, Stallman used Unix, but became frustrated because he could not modify the original closed source Unixes, so he set out to create a free os based on Unix. Was it a copy, sure, but it fixed the problem with original Unix, namely it was closed source.

I think a similar argument holds for OSX. I love OSX, but it has one fundamental problem: it is tied to the insanely overpriced Apple hardware. In my experience Linux has a much better performing kernel and certainly memory manager, than OSX. Problem with Linux is the UI (any flavor, take your pick) generally sucks compared with OSX, and even Windows. Ubuntu 10.04 has improved things, but still nowhere near the usability of OSX.

So, I'm going to give elementary a try.

Edited 2010-06-18 22:02 UTC

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