Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 20th Jul 2004 18:50 UTC, submitted by Jono Bacon
Linux Jono Bacon has written an article on my O'Reilly Blog called The path to unified interaction which looks at the challenges of making our software work natively in the different desktop environments on Linux. Do you think this is something we should strive for, and if so, do you think it is technically possible?
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Re: Market forces will solve this dilemma
by Dumbkiwi on Tue 20th Jul 2004 20:11 UTC

I personally think you are wrong on this point. I don't use a DE, because of the apps available. I use a DE because it functions the way I want it to, and it has the eye candy that I like, and is configurable to how I work. KDE is the platform for me. I can run any gnome/gtk apps that I want on it, and with the gtk-qt theme flummy available on kde-look, all my kde themes are faithfully replicated on the gtk apps. Hey presto - "unity". Which DE has the apps is irrelevant, when they all run on one platform, and have a similar, if not identical look.

However, if we're talking about killer apps, I think digikam, kimdaba, and k3b are my killer apps. There is nothing like them in the gnome world. However, I can't see gnome users giving up gnome just to use those apps. They'll just use them within gnome, and I'm sure they'll be happy.

I'm not sure why unification/gui consistency is such an issue. In the windows world, there is very little consistency between applications, either in look and feel, or operation. I'm sitting here on my Windows NT box, and of the 7 applications I have open, only the MS office applications look anything like eachother. The rest are, at best, a hotchpotch. There are a huge number of toolkits, and application/menu layouts. No-one worries about it. They just get on with it. They churn out apps, regardless of unification.

So, rather than worrying about which DE has the "killer apps", or whether the DE's are unified, lets just get on with making more "killer apps". Who cares what toolkit they use.