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 JAVE on Tue 18th Mar 2003 10:39 UTC

Ofcourse this review is subjective, that's what you get when you try to compare things that you can't measure with standard tests.

I use KDE/Fluxbox (depending on the power of the machine I work on) on FreeBSD. I also use WinXP (Hey, I like to play some games every now and then :-)). I hate it when an GUI steals a large part of my screen for buttons & bars. It's quite hard to get KDE good looking with small icons & buttons though.
I tried Gnome a few times, but I can't get used to its way of working.
WinXP has the option to use the 'classic' windows look. It might not be beautiful, but at least it's consistent, small, and EVERYONE is used to that look. Most people I know that use WinXP use the classic look for one of those reasons.

I don't really care if my GUI is beautiful, as long as it's functional. (Although things can be too ugly to be usable (see AmigaOS 1.3 with the default colours)