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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You forgot a couple things...
by Robert Warwick on Tue 18th Mar 2003 03:15 UTC

Though you did try to look at all the characteristics, there are a few things I think you missed. I'm gonna mention KDE a lot because that's what I use.

- ALT-F2 in KDE. It's a run command dialog. I find this an easy and convienent way to open up any program and rarely use the K menu (start menu equivelent).

- Linux is (at current) still for reasonably technical people. If your biggest concern is 'it's pretty' then you probably shouldn't use it. Different DE's are really good for different people. I use a Mac at work, Windows at school, and KDE at home.

- It's easy enough to change your theme in KDE. I think it's just as easy as in Windows. Of course, you have to use KDE a bit before it becomes easy, but ditto with Mac, Windows...

- What about changing the default app for opening up a document? I think it's so incredibly easy in KDE, while I've seen friends spend far too much time trying to figure it out on Windows. Of course, that was 98. I haven't seen anyone do this on XP.

- Multiple desktops. I can barely get along without these at work. I take them for granted with KDE, being able to keep my work seperated and visible.

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Thanks for all the work you put into the article, but I'd be more able to believe a review compiled by several people. Or at least read over by one person who uses each DE _heavily_.

-RW