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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Some minor points for Eugenia
by Jonas B. on Tue 18th Mar 2003 12:06 UTC

Overall I think your comparision is very good. Your observations are always enligtening. Having coded some intro/demo code earlier, I am as depressed as you are on the state of the art environments. (Vsync isn't exactly rocket science.)

There are two minor points regarding your KDE tests. I think what makes KDE a real DE is that it actually has all those apps for it (as opposed to any of the other free environments). Mozilla and Openoffice, no matter how good they are themselves, aren't integrated in *any* DE (actually, Mozilla is almost its own, see OEone).

So I believe you should give KDE higher consistenty rating, and look only at KDE apps such as Konqueror and KWord. (Galeon for GNOME, then.)

You should also tell us what distribution you are using. To to fair to KDE you should use Gentoo with the 'prelink' package (there is a Howto available at the Gentoo web). KDE is heavily dependent on shared libraries, and prelinking these (which is NOT static linking!!) makes a large difference on application startup times. This is how Mac OS X behaves as default. The frequent crashes you see with KDE 3.1 may also be a packaging problem, it is very solid for me.

I'm not saying KDE is better than the others, just that some of the comparisons may be a bit unfair. I believe KDE sucks. A lot. But it shows a great promise and has the most potential, which is why I'm leaning towards it for the future.