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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Control Panel vs. KDE Control Center
by Fritz on Tue 18th Mar 2003 11:58 UTC

Ok, first off I disagree with the review in many respects, but an opinion is an opinion and I'm ok with that. Although calling a single person's review "The Definitive" review is a joke.

Anyway, my one major complaint was about Eugeia's belief that the KDE control center is too complex and bloated. Quite the opposite compared to the winner, XP. I would assume that in writing this review you are assuming the user has had the same amount of time to learn each DE, and assuming that it is rediclous to assume the user would find the KDE control more complicated than XP's.

Yes, there seems to be a lot of options in the control center, but in reality, there are no more (possibly less) total tweaks than in XP. The difference is that they are all in one spot. Have you ever seen a non-computer person look for a single option in XP? They sort through menu to submenu through sub-submenu, etc. Several of the options are just illogical, but as a regular computer users, most of us accept that and remember their location. I believe that unintentionally, the writer assumed her ease of using the control panel was because of it's design, and not because of her years of experience. A new user to KDE can simply open up the kontrol center, and while it may seem frightening at first glance, it is structured logically and everything is there in one spot.

-> Fritz

I am not a zealot.