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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by Janne on Tue 18th Mar 2003 08:36 UTC

Eugeniea said that because XP is the most usable of these desktops, she keeps it as her main OS. What if XP is the most usable for her because it's her main OS? If you use XP more than others, of course you get used to it's quirks and it becomes the most usable of them all.

And many of the complaints she had about KDE (I don't use GNOME so I can't comment on that) are not the fault of the desktop but the OS. What distro did you use to test KDE? In Gentoo (for example) KDE is fast and stable. And there are ways to make KDE order of magnitude faster (like prelinking).

And her complaints how "bloated" KDE is are.... well, strange. Bloated how? It would be same if I just said "Mac OS X(for example) sucks!", without telling how it sucks. Just telling that "KDE is bloated" without telling what's exactly wrong with it is rather lame and counterproductive. KDE can be trimmed down, it's has been getting faster and faster and it's memory-requirement are going down. People have been running it on 166Mhz Pentiums and it works fine (once it finishes loading that is)