Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 17th Mar 2003 22:49 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces So many operating systems and so many graphical desktop environments... This article is a comparison of the UI and usability of several Desktop Environments (DEs), that have been widely used, admired and reviled: Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Read on which one got our best score on our long term test and usage.
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The definite comparison's definitive review
by Roberto on Mon 17th Mar 2003 23:23 UTC

I find this article to be ill-informed, anecdotal, and, well, pretty awful.

For example, Eugenia seems to find Konqueror extremely unstable, I use it about 12 hours a day, and I would be surprised if it has crashed 3 times on me in the last month.

I must say I have not noticed those toolbar bugs she mentions, but then again, I use Liquid.

She ventures guesses in areas she knows nothing about. "The Qt toolkit actually doesn't seem to have much of a good support for what Keramik is trying to do." is a telling sign of ignorance, for example.

In the usability review, she mentions Konqueror acts as a CVS frontend, and she feels overwhelmed by the functionality. Besides the obvious (If you don't want a cvs frontend why did you install it?), I have not seen any bugs in toolbar configuration, and the link she gave is to a KDE 3.0 review.

The single-click action is, IMVHO, a usability plus. Whenever someone uses it, he is hooked. After all, double-click is a pretty antinatural action. But, hey, if you prefer it to be clunky like XP, you can have that, too.

Also, she sprays the catchall unspecific word "bloat". I think any review using that word without giving any numbers or at least a rational description of the intended meaning belongs in the recycling bin.

In the "consistency/integration/flexibility" page, she simply doesn't even mention integration between apps in GNOME and/or KDE, simply integratio with the underlying OS. Perhaps the page should be renamed. Also, she brings up the tired horse of X performance, again showing ignorance of even the most basic architecture of the system.

BTW: if you want KDE to offer you a way to change resolution,color depth, get X 4.3 with the RandR extension.

I could go on for another page or two, but why bother? nThe article gets an E.

Because as a teacher, I never give an F.

Next time, get an editor, and a technical reviewer.



BTW: look definite in www.webster.com, I am not sure that is the word you actually wanted.