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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Good article... some constructive critisism
by Skipp on Tue 18th Mar 2003 09:16 UTC

I found this article to be both insightful and informative, as well as unorganised and lacking in focus. Firstly, let me say thank you for putting so much work into such an article and of course into OSnews. I enjoyed the article. However, there were several aspects I found somewhat suprising. Firstly, you were much too apologetic, don't appologize when writing an article, it just cheapens it and diverges from the focus. Secondly, state your goals clearly and consistantly and stick to them. This article seemed more like a stream of consciousness than a review. Thirdly, stay on topic, every paragraph it seemed that you went off on a tanget as you wrote. I was also suprised at some parts by what seemed like you didn't take the time to research enough, the facts came out bare, not clear and consise. One point that struck me as particularly bothersom was when you said,

"As someone else said once 'after you have used BeOS, anything else will never be the same and it would just seem slow' and that has proved true. "

Someone? who???? Scot Hacker!, Eugenia, shame on you, you should know that, he only wrote that in a review on this very site! Why paraphrase when you can get the real quote? You only had to look into your own archives to find it. Took me ~1 min to find this quote by Scot Hacker:

"While BeOS did get faster as years went by, the OS was a speed demon from day one -- radical efficiency was one of its hallmarks from the start, and one of its great drawing cards. The fact of the matter is, BeOS on a Pentium 233 with 64 Mbs of memory is faster than OS X is on this so-called supercomputer. "

I also found several parts simply factually incorrect and highly opinionated. That is great for an opinion piece, but this is suppose to be a review. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS. I also detected some BeOS bias, I can understand that as you are married into the BeOS family and all, but, it really showed through, which is a bad thing when you are trying to write an impartial review.

I know that this is comming in late in the tread, but I hope that someone will read it. Thank you for this article, and I hope that when you write your next one, you will take some of my advice to heart.

Long time reader,