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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by TheCatPerson on Tue 18th Mar 2003 14:09 UTC

I had expected much more from the article, based on its table of contents and avowed purpose, than what was delivered. The reviewer appears to lack the technical expertise and design saavy required in order to properly evaluate the items she discusses. Instead, the review consists largely of comparing various OS in terms of how well they do things the way Windows does. Numerous comments about what the right-click menu should contain and how the taskbar should look backs up this perception. Given this criterion (i.e., "how good a Windows is it?"), it shouldn't be surprising that Windows "wins".

However, as someone who works with all these OSes (and more) on a regular basis, and who does programming on them, administration of them, and user interface design for them, I can attest that both her criteria and her final judgements are arbitrary and useless. (Certainly anyone who doesn't find a Unix-based OS to be the most stable has not worked sufficiently with it and its competitors to know of what they speak. But I am critiquing her review, not the merits of the individual OSes here.)

Ultimately, this review is too subjective and unformed to be anything more than a testimonial for the author's preferred OSes. Which is disappointing.

PS - An editor, or at the very least a spell-and-grammar checker, would go a long way towards creating a more professional article, which in turn would make it more likely that you'd be taken seriously as a reviewer instead of as a mere booster.