Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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The problem is none of these clowns have any idea what they're doing and what people want. The Linux developers are especially bad with this. If gnome just continued on it's way from the 2.x series Microsoft would be bleeding worse than they are.

Please. Microsoft has the desktop market completely and utterly dominated. Microsoft is bleeding overall computing share, which is PC share plus all of mobile. When viewed as a whole, that's where Microsoft has seen a precipitous decline.

Gnome 2.x wasn't going to change anything, that's just ridiculous wishful thinking on your part.

Instead all this energy and developer talent is going into retardation. No conservative business is rushing into tablets.

The tablet market is still terribly nascent, but it is where the high growth is now that PC sales are winding down.

Microsoft putting Windows on a tablet with enterprise management capabilities will likely move this further along than one might think.

The fact of the matter is that as tablets grow in popularity, so will the demand for them in the enterprise by employees. This is already evident if you look at the BYOD movement in IT.

Ignoring this as a reality is just gifting the market to competitors. Microsoft is set to get very aggressive here, so the window of opportunity for competing platforms is closing.

On top of that though, Microsoft's enterprise push is broader than Windows devices. They have management tools out for consumer devices running iOS as well (Android incoming iirc).

So this "energy and developer talent" is going to a high growth market which brings in revenues in the billions of dollars.

Not one. Linux's competitive advantage is low cost software licensing. That's it. If they really want to score more users they need to fix up what they're doing. Ironically Linux gets the games it needs, right at the moment they decide to derp up the UI.

That's not an advantage. How much of an advantage was it for netbooks? As soon as Microsoft dropped the price on XP they snuffed out Linux.

The conclusion to be drawn is that when you rely on price as your main advantage, you become extremely vulnerable to competitor price drops. All things equal its obvious where OEMs opted to go.

Touch/Mobile are NOT replacements for desktop computers. They are alternatives to casual web browsing and extremely light net users, they also have new applications as menus and viewers. They are not going to take off for anyone who has to write 30 page reports, or who has to create and edit lots of content.

Windows tablets are full blown desktop computers capable of running traditional desktop applications and a wide array of peripherals. Simply pair with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and that "casual" device becomes a productivity work horse.

Especially given that Intel's Haswell chips will push the Surface Pro into the 7-8 hour battery life range.

Lower power chips in entry level x86 Tablets will likely push their battery life into the 10-12 hour range. This comes along with improved graphics.

So the tablets will have all day battery life, crazy good performance, and compatibility with the entire Windows ecosystem.

And I can write a paper on my Surface tablet using Office. I can develop using Visual Studio on my tablet. Today. Really there are no limitations.

We already have a Mobile version of Linux, it's name is Android. Desktop Linux needs to get back on track. It should be trying to provide a viable alternative to Windows and Mac OSX on Desktops and Laptops.

You want to talk about a waste of time and energy? This is it. You're never going to displace Windows on the Desktop. The Linux collective argues in circles half the time about feature X or technology Y, so there's no real coherent effort to actively attack Windows.

Touch is going to be an experiment on desktops, because frankly your arms get sore and your screen gets smudged.

Touch is an additional input method. In addition to the mouse and keyboard. There are times I use a mouse, other times I reach out and touch.

A lot of these newer hybrids have swiveling screens, and the all in ones can certainly be adjusted to be closer to your arm.

People who can't use keyboards and mice shouldn't be using computers, or should be getting training in using them. Even Steve Jobs is on record with this.

I don't think touch is exclusively being pushed to replace mouse and keyboards. Only to work along side them. Remember, it was once just the keyboard. Mice didn't replace them either.

I'm yet to see a decent laptop with a rotatable tablet style touchscreen so I think we're a ways from anything reasonable in touch based laptops.

Thankfully the merits of an idea are not contingent upon what you've seen.

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