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, but
by bb_matt on Tue 18th Mar 2003 11:13 UTC

I would've liked to have seen Windows 2000 used instead of Windows XP, simply because it is the most polished version of the "old theme" that so many know very well.

I more or less agree with the final scores, having used everything mentioned with the exception of BeOS, except I would place Gnome above KDE when the Blue Curve RedHat 8.0 theme is used - I find the basic interface the most slick I have seen in X11 to date.

The bottom line is that Windows and MacOS are far more mature than either KDE or Gnome and I'll also add that they are far more focussed, mainly because they are a result of a closed source development team that is very tightly knit and controlled.

On the flip side, Gnome and KDE, although still very "young" in development terms, have showed major improvements with each release - I'm sure they will only get better as time goes on.