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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Rip-offs are news worthy now?
by jtfolden on Sat 19th Jun 2010 04:32 UTC
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The most elementary fact here is that this distro is a dead-end. Copycats of other UI's don't really succeed. Surely people involved with Linux should have grasped this basic idea by now.

From a UI standpoint, when an interface mocks a more popular one to such a detailed degree then it actually causes MORE user frustration than less - reason being that when it LOOKS the same, people expect it to behave and respond the same as well. No Linux distro is going to behave the same as a Mac so aping the UI is simply damaging to the distro.

Sure, a few people who can't afford real Macs might run it but other than that... it's irrelevant.

Why not work on something truly useful, like creating an easy to use distro where upgrading apps is as simple as it is on Windows and Mac, as well? Linux is surely a decade past due on THAT simple request.

Edited 2010-06-19 04:37 UTC

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