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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To choose or not to choose
by messier on Mon 7th Nov 2011 13:20 UTC
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That's the question, and this is one of the first text that I read and really states my opinion of Linux versus Windows/MacOS. To me Linux is the freedom of choice, at least when it comes to the desktop. But talking to many end-users who are on Windows/MacOS, their main response is that they do not want to re-learn their graphic environment. I was always using the car as an argument: What would people say if they only had brand names of car to choose ? And once their car is chosen, there is only one gas they can put in their car ? And their engine is locked, so that only authorized servicemen can work in it ? Would they accept this ? This is what happens with Windows/MacOS. Some people accept to lock themselves in a system, others want freedom. Unfortunately, in the world of desktops, most users prefer to be locked in. I prefer freedom.

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