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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The problem with all these so called experts who are trying to "improve" the Linux desktop is that they believe they know what's best for users. Sorry. Users know what's best for themselves and that's why I love Linux. I can have it my way; you can have it your way and we're both happy. Why does there have to be a standard? For newbies? Sorry I don't buy that excuse. There are plenty of distros that cater to Windows refugees by theming the Linux desktop to resemble XP, Vista or even old Win9x. There are also distros that cater to the Mac look and feel. Gnome and KDE default setups are pretty intutive in their own right so why even resort to theming? Half of these so called "easy" distros are Ubuntu re-spins, the other half Debian so compatibility with the most popular software is there. In the meantime, leave my distro alone!

Couldn't have put it better myself. The real problem here is that the *VAST MAJORITY* of these so-called UI experts are leeches trying to make a name for themselves at the expense of the linux community.

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