Linked by Allen Boyles on Mon 7th Nov 2011 09:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces In the commercial software world, user interfaces are generally designed by one group. Like Microsoft for Windows or Apple for Mac OS. Those desktop environments were designed by one company who did things like user testing and statistical analysis to try and make the desktop they thought would work best. Linux is different. Large groups definitely DO perform user testing and statistical analysis, but one group can also say "Here's what we want" and, if they have the ability to code it, their idea comes into being. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it. Linux lets people create what they want. If you don't like what's out there, fork it! Or start from scratch! You're in control!
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GNOME [un]configurability myth
by ddc_ on Mon 7th Nov 2011 12:40 UTC
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Where does all of this "GNOME provides minimum configurability" come from?

GNOME has GSettings framework containing a lot of configure options, that can be tuned in dconf or dconf-editor. For those, tight on time or on brain power there is a GNOME Tweak Tool.

AFAIR, KDE provides the same amount of configurability. The difference is n presentation:[list=1][*]KDE gives You all the configuration options applicable in context (don't know, is it still true for KDE4, but in KDE 3 proxy settings were included into Konqueror configuration dialog though were accessible separately in KCC).
[*]GNOME tries to minimize the amount of configuration options in context to leave just what may normally be reconfigured several times. All the rest goes to System Settings UI or even with no separate UI.[/list]

Note, that the same approach as in GNOME is taken for Windows with its infamous registry. But Microsoft has lowere the usability bar in extra configuration - You don't even have the description of options in Registry Editor.

AFAIR, the truly limited configurability is on Mac. And there it is delivered as a feature. Failing to see the difference between OSX and GNOME is a reason of failure in GNOME3 adoption.

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