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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Why copy, Windows?... an all the other marketing "shit" technology. I know that the 97% of the market use Windows but, I think that they still can attract new users, doing cool --and original-- things on the desktop.

The good thing about Unix, is that it always has an open space for experimentation and research (almost in the science camp).

Why, kill the creativity? To sell more?
I prefer a "first class" original Linux desktop, in place of a "poor" copy of Windows.

I think, there is a lot of things to do, to enhance the usability of the desktop.Some simple things (Eugenia: Did you write that good article about KDE 3 usability?), and other that goes beyond of the classic "static" WIMP enviroment.

For example Xerox Parc introduced this concept (WIMP) more than 20years ago, with other things like Smalltalk.
Why anyone has taken the concept of "object enviroment" presented by Smalltalk a step further...to the whole OS.

Imagine an OS which is an object enviroment, no need for files, files are the "serialized" version of an object. No "programs" like we use it right now, programs are object instances, and beacuse they are objects instances you can extend this objects... you can drag n' drop objects and share it "live" with other people.....
I'm not crazy, we already are using some very small things like this (ActiveX, DCOP, Bonobo), that are not very well integrated, and creates an ugly user experience.

I mean something like www.squeak.org but easy enought to the newbie, and integrated with the OS.

Diego.-

PD: Sorry for my english... I speak spanish, "KDict" help me here a lot :-)