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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Say what you want, it's still biased!!
by lebowski on Tue 18th Mar 2003 09:23 UTC

I tend to disagree with large parts of this article. Particularly, I really don't see how you can say that XP and OS X are about the same when it comes to stability.

I've used OS X now for 1.5 years, and not ONCE has it crashed. The only times i've had to re-start it was after system updates. I've installed loads of different apps (large ones like Office and Photoshop to a very large number of smaller utilities), i've customized the OS using various hacks (themes etc..), i rarely turn the machine off, and it just keeps pluggin away. AND, i'm using a 2 y.o. low-end iMac.
Conversely, i know not a single XP user that hasn't had a crash. Many of them are extremely reluctant to install any new software, through fear of it crashing the system - this fear is not borne in a vaccum. One person i know gets continuous restarts in XP for no apparent reason - it looks like a serious hardware problem, but then why oh why does it not happen with RedHat or SuSe booted??

They way the UI look and feel is judged is also very suprising. IMVHO, the only reason you find XP more productive is because you, like many people, have become locked-in to the Windows UI and it's start menu, widget style/location etc... If you consider the individual elements and the reason for doing them in that way (Mac OS X single menu bar which reduces screen clutter, always located at the top of the screen for easy access etc...) an truly unbiased review will find OS X to be superior.
For those of you that want a more complete and (although it is written by a mac user, still) unbiased comparison of XP and OS X, have a look: