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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GREAT REVIEW
by MaxAuthority on Tue 18th Mar 2003 00:57 UTC

Windows takes a pretty scary approach to this in that when you install an app, it pretty much dumps the app/support files wherever it damn well pleases.

Hmm, I have 1 out of 20+ Programs where I can't specify where to install it (Canon Printer Driver).

Have you EVER used Linux? Here you really can't say where things are installed, and I hate it.

@Euginia: GREAT ARTICLE!

Really, I was reading it and thought at 95% that you are right, and I have used BeOS, WinXP, Gnome and KDE (sorry I have no PowerPC ;) .

My own opinion in short terms:
- Gnome launching programs slow, KDE even slower.
- Windows has great Keyboard accessibility and is so snappy. I personally think it's on par with BeOS - sometimes slower, sometimes faster. But compared to all other DEs, its like a Ferarri.

And I understand that every review is a little biased, but I know Euginia, and in previous articles she was often much more biased, so she really tried hard to give a fair review.


Keep up the good work!