Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 7th Jun 2014 00:53 UTC
Xfce Over the past several years, mobile devices have greatly influenced user interfaces. That's great for handheld users but leaves those of us who rely on laptops and desktops in the lurch. Windows 8, Ubuntu Unity, and GNOME have all radically changed in ways that leave personal computer users scratching their heads.

One user interface completely avoided this controversy: Xfce. This review takes a quick look at Xfce today. Who is this product for? Who should pass it by?
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As someone with experience of said non-western rich countries, I can tell you with authority that no-one wants unstable, half-polished, unpredictably changing, desktops that don't work on half the hardware.

What they want is something that works. Cheap and not working is not acceptible. It is condescending to think that poor non-westerners can put up with broken unstable barely supported technology.

Look at Nokia. Closed. But solid, and cost-effective.

If you are right - what is the uptake of OSS desktops in that world? Almost zilch. The market has spoken.

Bottom line: "they" which includes "me", will take closed but working, over broken but "free".

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