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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Bad review
by FirstTiger on Tue 18th Mar 2003 05:15 UTC

I really didn't like this article. As other posters have noticed, it seems to be entirely on subjective and anecdotal - "I thought it was faster/smoother/better".

I found it especially odd that Windows XP scored highest in the stability/bugs category. Eugenia, you must be using some special version of Windows that the rest of us have never seen! My experience is that Windows XP (with all the updates installed) is more unstable and much less responsive on a >1GHz machine than the first release of KDE3.1 on a 330MHz FreeBSD machine. And bugs? _Please_!

X11, as a graphics architecture, is showing its age. But there is _nothing_else_ that provides the same mature network and platform transparency.

The fashion in commercial Windows (and Mac) apps seems to be for applications to roll their own interfaces - using custom widget designs and 'artistic' interfaces. The hoary "windows is consistent but every X app is different" argument no longer holds water.

My subjective, anecodatal counter would be that the X11 based environments are improving rapidly in all areas (KDE faster then GNOME, IMHO), Windows is getting worse, Mac OS X continues to lead the way, and BeOS is interesting but irrelevent in practical terms.