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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RE: hardware first
by Neolander on Mon 21st Jun 2010 15:19 UTC in reply to "hardware first"
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I disagree. Hardware and software are each big businesses, a company generally only is good at one thing. Personally, if there's something which I positively hate, it's when hardware manufacturers try to "integrate" software in their product in an attempt to improve user experience. As an example, second boot (after windows' traditional reboot) of my new computer took 15 min and was followed by a popup overflow on a desktop full of useless icons. It took me an hour to get rid of all this crap, and I'm experienced with that. Normal people would just leave it there and then complain about their computer's slowness...

Hardware companies should focus on making good and gorgeous hardware, and leave software to those who know how to do it. Look at Apple's macbook : they leave the hardware-related work to Asus, they write the software, and according to happy macbook owners it does wonders...

Edited 2010-06-21 15:28 UTC

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