Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Oracle and SUN These days, the big players in the Linux "purely-desktop market" are Lycoris, Lindows, ELX and the much awaited Xandros Desktop 1.0. OSNews got their hands to the latest version of Xandros (beta3b) and we are giving it a whirl. Read more for information and screenshots.
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missing the point
by ~Seedy~ on Wed 18th Sep 2002 07:06 UTC

Linux should'nt seek to clone Windows, it should do BETTER than them.

Follow the Microsoft tradition - Embrace and Extend.

I fel that KDE gets better and better, from the 1.x I first used on Mandrake 7.2 through to 3.0 currently in just 2 years is a fantastic achievement... but it is very much following down a traditional route.. Unfortunately desktop OS's have just so much in common. The Kicker might not be a Taskbar but people buttonhole it as such for convenience.

What I would like to see - and I speak as a user not, alas, a programmer, is an interface with a common menu bar of which all menus for any app use a standard structure ( Say, have the usual menus - file, edit, view, help and a set of extras....) all corresponding to an extra row of buttons on the keyboard.

Beneath this have the mouse-pressable buttons, extras, and the application main window.

But then.. its just an idea. From a PC user who really doesnt like mice, and has gripes with X11s keyboard-shortcut-inconsistency

Windows-Icons-Mouse works.. and in Windows its probably at its highest evolution. Maybe that means its time to try something else. By combining keyboard buttons directly to system functions a great deal of mousework could be avoided.. and yes I know about the shortcuts.. but pressing Alt-F isnt the same as having a FILE button to drop a menu down.