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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Applications?
by Daan on Tue 18th Mar 2003 08:59 UTC

What I really mis, is the amount and price of applications available for platform X, to get my work done.
For example: with Linux/KDE you can do your work. One can browse the web, read email and write a letter with the apps delivered with it.
With Linux/Gnome2 this is not possible. It does not come with a webbrowser, nor does it have a email reader or a word processor. Well, reading email will be possible within a short time.
On windows, this is possible too. Okay, Wordpad is not the best but it is possible. And MS-Office also exists.
On BeOS networking does not work for me, and for the rest it does not ship with a good browser, nor with a good email program or wordprocessor. BeMail, Opera and GoProductive are there, though.
MacOSX ships with iMail and AppleWorks, and Safari can be downloaded. MS-Office is available too.

So the environment where you can do your work for free, there is KDE. Second place goes to MacOS-X, as it bundles the software with their computers. One can say this is 'free' but MacOS costs money. Third place for Windows, as it ships only with Wordpad, but better apps are available, but costly. Fourth place to BeOS, as opera and BeProductive cost money and do not have good enough free counterparts, and Gnome2 comes last as at the moment it does not have applications available.