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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RE: OS X spinning beachball, OS X navigation, and gtkmm vs. BeOS API
by Terry Glass on Tue 18th Mar 2003 06:53 UTC

Are this a review of desktop environments, windowing systems, or operating systems? The title leads me to believe it is the first case, but then the article mixes all three together.

The "spinning beachball" has nothing to do with the desktop environment. It is caused by poor application design. You're experiencing the same problem that you get when a MS Windows or X11 app stops repainting itself. Including IE 5.5 as an example was not very nice. It is well known that it was an AWFUL port from the old Classic Mac OS codebase. It is generally consider to be the poster child of "the wrong way to do it."

Mac OS ISN'T keyboard oriented, it's mouse oriented. Always has been and probably always will be. I won't go into the details between which is more efficient versus which people perceive to be more efficient. As a UI expert, Eugena is probably familiar with the studies I would cite anyways. (Of course I spend most of my time in the world's most keyboard intensive app, Emacs. Go figure.)

I have coded against both gtkmm and the BeOS API (DR8-v5). Gtkmm is hands down more "C++". The BeOS API is basically "C with classes."