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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OS Responsiveness
by Hank on Tue 18th Mar 2003 13:19 UTC

I've been very disappointed with OS bloat in the offerings of Microsoft and Apple, but at least Apple's excuse is an overly ambitious graphics engine. How is it that WindowsXP feels more sluggish in operations on a 2.4 GHz Dual Xeon machine than Windows2000 on my 900MHz laptop? How is it that this dual processor machine can still be brought to its knees simply because explorer is trying to find a network file server?

BeOS was cool in the responsiveness category, as was illustrated above. On my 500MHz Pentium, to show people how neat the OS was, I ran every mpeg movie I had on my system simultaneously. Then I started up Gobe Productive and started working, and there was no speed degradation and the movies were all playing reasonably well. Is that a stupid benchmark? Certainly. It had no practical use whatsoever. However it was cool looking, and a testament to the fluidity of the OS.

I miss BeOS, and may buy Zeta out of nostalgia. However it is dead for all intents and purposes. It will live on in a dedicated few users, but will never reach critical mass. That is a sad but accurate statement. I'm therefore hoping Apple gets their processor act together to keep OS X alive, otherwise we all get to be sucked into the MS vacuum.