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 Tim on Tue 18th Mar 2003 12:07 UTC

I've been forced to use XP recently at Uni, and I must say that I find it slow, extremely unresponsive, ugly, and overall unpleasant to use.

I use KDE 3.1 at home, which I greatly prefer, but my favourite is Gnome 2 which I find to be a very easy to use and logical layout. I also have Win2k at home, but I only use that for Visual Studio (too many incompatibilities with other compilers, and uni insist on using VS), and viewing sites using Quicktime or Shockwave.

Not knowing your criteria for marks, I will rate my experience in terms of XP, KDE3.1, GNOME2(best first)

Look and Feel: GNOME2, KDE3.1, XP
Usability: KDE3.1, XP, GNOME2
Consistency: XP (it all looks crap), KDE3.1, GNOME2
Integration (your definition): XP (wish I could use text config files though), KDE3.1, GNOME2

Flexibility: KDE3.1, GNOME2, XP
Speed: GNOME2, KDE3.1, XP
Stability and Bugs: not much difference, i've had more problems with XP than the others, but not noticed any real "bugs"

Technology: not up to speed on this area (not very "desktop" subject really though)

Programming Framework: not done too much programming, but I cannot stand MFC, and tend to shy away from it and .NET as I try to do cross-platform stuff.

Conclusion: KDE 3.1, GNOME2, XP (I realise that GNOME2 and XP had the same average position, so I decided their place on "which one would I prefer to use?"

GNOME2 (13) KDe (10) XP(13)