Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Jun 2013 20:10 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Graphics, User Interfaces "Though 'flat design' is a popular meme right now, there is something much, much deeper going on here at Microsoft. With my own lifelong passion for design I immersed myself in the community and got a front-row seat on a journey that has its roots as far back as the late '90s with Encarta's bold use of typography and clean interface. But it truly sprang to life in late 2010 with the launch of Windows Phone and in the last few weeks has advanced even further with Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. I started from the very place I bet you are right now - disbelief that Microsoft is leading the way on design." They really are. If Apple really goes all minimalist and digital (I dislike the term 'flat') with iOS, Microsoft will have taken over the baton. Crazy world indeed.
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RE: Comment by vtolkov
by Neolander on Sun 9th Jun 2013 07:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by vtolkov"
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Well, there is choice. If you go Linux/Android and trade the most common desktop environments for more obscure and customizable ones, you can tweak your computer and cellphone to look and feel pretty much the way you want.

But obviously, for every freedom, there is a price to pay in return: using Linux in and of itself entails extra maintenance work and software incompatibilities compared to other OSs. And the more customization power you want, the more time it takes to build up your own custom work environment, so there's a tradeoff there too.

As far as I'm concerned, the sweet spot between simplicity and customization lies somewhere around a carefully tweaked Mint 13 Xfce, together with a few PPAs to keep some software like Gimp or Libreoffice current. It is robust enough for my needs, yet doesn't require so much fiddling to keep working.

I've also seen some people say good things about Gnome 3 extensions recently. But I still think that requiring GPU acceleration for basic tasks is a mistake on a non-commercial OS like "consumer" Linux, so I won't try that for now myself.

Edited 2013-06-09 07:55 UTC

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