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: This is not an either/or
by senshikaze on Mon 7th Nov 2011 20:14 UTC in reply to "This is not an either/or"
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The biggest problem I have with that is that every added option is added complexity. For the user, for an admin, and for the developer. Every small option requires lots of testing in any non-trivial application. I actually prefer the theory of super simple, to the point of elegant, by default, with a basic (or even advanced) plugin API. That seems to be the best way to get around all of the little things everyone finds issue with in anything a developer does.

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