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: KDE 4 vs Unity/Gnome 3
by Luminair on Sat 12th Nov 2011 12:44 UTC in reply to "KDE 4 vs Unity/Gnome 3"
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That reminds me. Simplifying the desktop is a bad idea because it kills a viable niche (power uses) and competes with an enemy that everyone has in their pocket and which cannot be defeated (smart phones).

These desktop boys breaking from the crowd into the wild blue yonder might find themselves hitting the ground hard after the giant real world smashes them with his spiked club

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