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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wargum
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Yes. That is probably terrible to have to upgrade the whole OS for Open Office. Not having ever had such a problem nor used Ubuntu for more than a few days, I would not know what it entails to upgrade Ubuntu.

Man, this is a totally common problem. I once tried to install a decent media player on CentOS, Songbird. There just wasn't any version for it. Later when switching to Ubuntu LTS there was a third party package I could use (downloadable through a website that didn't list the Ubuntu versions by number but by name like 'Dapper Drake', great...) but FF and OOo couldn't be used in their newest incarnations. Awful.

Furthermore, what could Open Office 3.0 do that the previous version couldn't?

Yeah, why not stick to Claris Works, had everything you'd ever wish...

Seriously, this is an insulting question!

However, I fail to see how searching for a directory in Finder and then deleting it is superior to or quicker than typing apt-get purge [package] in an already open terminal.

You must be kidding me... Yeah, we all open 10 terminal windows when logged in, just in case...
BTW, I would guess that uninstalling an application is actually a very rare task a typical user performs.

I also don't see how the OSX method is better than some GUI package manager -- with a package manager, you know you are removing hidden symlinks and user config files.

There are hardly any hidden symlinks in OS X applications. And config files aren't an issue. They are tiny, who cares? Only a nerd would. And he can do the task manually.

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