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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by jbolden1517 on Tue 18th Mar 2003 02:59 UTC

I basically agreed with most of what was written. A few comments:

First the flexability was IMHO very unfair.
Windows XP 7, MacOSX 7, KDE 8, BeOS 7, Gnome 7.5
I don't know BeOS but XP isn't even in the same ballpark as either X environment in terms of flexability. Network transparency is a huge feature in terms of flexability and didn't get mentioned. How do you use multiple video cards with a single window? How do you display Windows on an arbitrary group of nxm monitors using multiple video cards?

How about multiple language support. X applications have supported full character sets for over a decade and this technology is very mature.

Finally a dozen different widget sets may be horrible for consistency but it is wonderful for flexability.


There were minor points I disagreed with. I think speed of use is more important than speed of load. Take the mac interface from the 1980's it took forever to load apps but once loaded they were pretty fast. To this day Windows can be very unresponsive when it has network problems.