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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by inewham on Mon 7th Nov 2011 13:23 UTC
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There seems to be lots of discussions about simple desktops suited to new users vs configurable desktops. Personally I think its a bit of a red herring, Gnome and KDE are both usable by newcomers. My wife and kids picked up KDE, often cited as a desktop too complicated due to its configurability, without any help. In fact they enjoy the ability to change the way things behaved not just the way they looked.

For myself I've been using Linux/BSD since there was only twm; I usually use KDE and find the constraints of Windows or OSX with their one way of doing things restrictive and frustrating.

Edited 2011-11-07 13:24 UTC

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