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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RE: Comment by moondevil
by No it isnt on Mon 7th Nov 2011 14:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by moondevil"
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I like Gnome 3, too. And I use KDE4 pretty much with no customisations apart from turning off the maximise-by-accidentally-moving-a-window-to-top-of-the-screen malfeature. I think spending hours configuring a desktop shell is something you do when you're learning a new system and obsess over the new shiny and, i.e. something you do when you're young -- or if you have highly specialised needs and use either huge or many or very small screens.

Being able to do something doesn't mean you automatically bother doing it.

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