Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jul 2017 20:56 UTC, submitted by Alex
OpenStep, GNUstep

After almost 8 years (we talked about it, of course), a new version of the GNUSTEP live CD has been released - version 2.5, for amd64. The live CD is based on Debian 9, has low hardware requirements, and uses Linux 4.9 with compressed RAM and no systemd. The live CD is a very easy and non-destructive way of testing out and playing with GNUSTEP, a free software implementation of OPENSTEP.

It's been a long, long time since I got to use our glorious *STEP database category. Isn't that one beautiful icon?

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RE[3]: Disappointment
by yahya on Sun 30th Jul 2017 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Disappointment"
yahya
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Why would the look & feel change? NEXTstep was already the best-looking GUI in the world by the end of the 1980s. Nothing has surpassed it yet. So why change it?


Because it lacks responsiveness and usability.

For me, if it had awesome usability, its look wouldn't be a strong consideration. But really, it doesn't. E.g with most current UIs you have some text input field and if there is a smart algorithm at work under the hood, entering a search term gives you whatever you were looking for in an instant, be it a programme, a document, a contact, an event or a location. Also, connecting a USB stick to my computer causes it to be mounted or at least gives me some visual or audible feedback telling me that the system has detected it. Or I get startup notifications for programmes I have launched, or I have a notification area for all those programmes which use it etc. I don't see any of that it the GNUstep live CD. It really feels very much like when I started using Linux around 18 years ago, with Fvwm and the like. If that's what I want, that's fine, but I don't see how GNUstep gives me any additional benefit there either.

Edited 2017-07-30 07:30 UTC

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