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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Karl Abbott
by Aitvo on Tue 18th Mar 2003 13:17 UTC

I've been running GNOME as long as there has been a public release of GNOME. I have used the gnome.org, Ximian, Gentoo, and RedHat variants. Eugenia is showing bias in this review, for example:

>The functionality of the Red Hat's Gnome taskbar is fine,
>but it feels a bit amateurish, icons in the notification

Huh? Can you resize the XP startbar to use only 45% of the screen, and remove the start button? No.

>area move by themselves and create unwanted space, the menu

Riight, they move by themselves, they appear and disappear like any others on any other OS.

>is ugly and looks like a potpourri. However, applications

The menu while not beautiful is not ugly by any means.

>like FileRoller and Red Hat's RPM installer application make
> the whole experience better. Gnome can easily become better

Right.

> than what it is today. Exactly because it is already
>simpler than KDE, the work required to clean up things, I

Clean up what? You realize that the menus have been cleaned up in the RedHat beta, after all YOU reviewed it.

>think, would be less overall. However, I don't understand
>what took the Gnome project (especially Red Hat) developers
>so long before they start working on the new
>GtkFileSelection. It is now scheduled for Gnome 2.4, which

They were busy with other things.

>comes out at the end of the year. Also, why can't I move the
> toolbars from Nautilus next to each other and save some
>real screen estate? Anyway, more here.

See my comment above about the Windows startmenu