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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I want it all
by watchman on Tue 8th Nov 2011 02:06 UTC
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I was taught to use Gnome. (I later discovered that my instructor is a Gnome fanatic.) I changed to KDE because a KDE app I used did not work well on Gnome. I tried several desktops subsequently and found I was unable to customise them the way I wanted or that they used strange effects I didn't want.

I later changed to XFCE for several years because KDE kept opening Amarok for several file types for which it was obviously not suited. Changing file associations didn't help.

I subsequently abandoned XFCE because the developers made it more difficult to customise the apps menu. Their wiki page made no sense; it refers to paths like ~/etc. I got the silent treatment on their mailing list.

I'm back with KDE and I'll stay with it unless something drastic happens. I'd rather do something with my computer instead of messing about trying to configure the desktop, learn the intricacies of the command line and all the other time-wasting things you can do with Linux.

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