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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Interesting Choices of Operating Systems
by Sam on Tue 18th Mar 2003 03:14 UTC

One Question Eugenia: Why is the BeOS (or what is being reconstituted as it)in here? I know your'e a fan of it and have used it extensively, but, the userbase must be a lot smaller than all the people that use Mac OS X and Linux (on the desktop). Correct me if im wrong.

The OS camp is basically heading toward Windows vs *nix (OSX, Unix, and Linux). I'm a programmer, so I've used and coded on OSX, XP, and several linux distros.

XP's blue aqua skin is just too cartoony. I reverted it back to the win95 look. It is still an architectural mess and susceptible to bit rot (I do a reinstall every couple of months).

I am deeply impressed with the immense progress that Linux has made since I started toying with it in 1999. The KDE-Gnome rivalry might be a little damaging, but if you have an os written by hobbyist, everyone will have their own idea how to make it their own.

I like Mac OS X the most. Applications install and remove easily (just remove the application file itself, and done, unless you do a package install). Everything is laid out cleanly. Quartz Extreme on a good GPU is beautiful. I do not like how apple is wrecking their previous gold standard for UI consistency, but Aqua seems like a better step in that direction.

Nothing's perfect.