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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My WM Review
by Nico Coetzee on Tue 18th Mar 2003 04:52 UTC

"let me apologize in advance for not including..."

If you used Linux to look at KDE and Gnome, you could have easily looked at many other Dekstops. I use WindowMaker every day, and here is my 2c's:

The Look and Feel
"Clean" comes to mind when using WM.There is really a minimum of clutter on the Desktop, and what I like most is that there is no "task bar". The menu is anywhere on the desktop - just right click. For me it's the small things like this that really makes WM perfect.

My Rating: 9


The less "gadgets" there are the more usable the Desktop should be. What do you really need? A menu system, a configuration agent, Date and Time, Desktop Switcher and a place to get you minimized apps from.

WM does for me what I expect - 100% of the time. BTW, my current Desktop session is up for 48 days and a little over 23 hours.

Rating: 10


Come on - seriously now! The only thing then let WM loose a point here is that they changed the theme formats at one stage - which led to incompatibility between themes and versions of WM. Today that is a non issue.

Rating: 9


This is also the weakest point in stability in Windows XP. You can't manage a PC with BSOD - even though an underlying app caused a problem.

Granted - most of the stuff in Unix ( in general ) is done in a terminal. Then again, if you use Mandrake Linux you can configure your system without going to the terminal to often.

My Rating: 7


For me this is a non-issue. Maybe it's because I'm not into fancy stuff and eye candy.

In terms of configuration options to customize WM, I think all the other reviewed desktops take a distant 2nd anyway.

My rating: 9


Come on....

Rating: 10

Stability and Bugs

No bugs visible in the UI. As I mentioned - my session uptime is close to 49 days now. Scary if you take into account WM is still Beta ;)

Rating: 10

Technology + Programming Framework

Windows and Mac are really out of their depth here. Especially since they are Closed Sources.

Rating: 9

My Conclusion

Interesting article, but very Windows bias. I hope you will have more objective reviews in the future.