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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look is a lot different from usability.
by Nick B on Tue 18th Mar 2003 00:20 UTC

Eugenia,

I'm not sure if we're on the same wavelength but UI 'prettiness' has very little to do with UI usability. Usability is what matters to users. It takes VERY long time to get the UI right and to make it flawless. Looks don't really have much to do with this (but they do help). It's all about the workflow and consistency. I have to say that I have not used Zeta but I have seen the screenshots of it and they repeat many of the UI mistakes that we've seen in many of the previous UI prototypes.

Nick