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[4]: Installed it on Ubuntu
by Novan_Leon on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 18:28 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Installed it on Ubuntu"
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Despite all the anger-vibes going around, I think his comment actually hit the nail on the head about what the problem is with the current desktop Linux. I'm fully command line capable and fairly Linux savvy and still things pop up as problems during regular desktop use that wouldn't otherwise be a problem in Windows or OSX.

A couple years ago I was using Ubuntu and I was doing some image editing and wanted to change the desktop resolution. I open the screen resolution dialog and change the resolution easy enough, but when I chose a resolution that X couldn't handle for whatever reason it crashed the GUI and left me with a command line. I was able to restart X and get it back up and running but this kind of thing just shouldn't happen for normal users. And this is just a simple example, I've had numerous experiences similar to this and the prior gentleman's comments. It's getting better, but I've yet to see a Linux desktop distribution with a refined and robust desktop environment as should be required for the general public.

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