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 oGALAXYo on Tue 20th Jul 2004 20:38 UTC

> 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.

This might be true but we shouldn't use this as justification or excuse to have the same appear on either KDE or GNOME don't you think ? I for my own value consistency over everything else. The appearance of it's GUI is usually a mirror of how the application beneath was programmed. A bad GUI can certainly say something about the application in general. As more different Toolkits people use as more problems will occour. This doesn't mean that the different Toolkits are bad because everyone believes that their system is far supperior over the others and offers advantages the other doesn't have. But this usually ends in many problems.