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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Good but definately biased
by Danni Coy on Tue 18th Mar 2003 14:25 UTC

Firstly nice review... I think it puts things usefully for many people. However the review is of coarse biased... (To have an un biased review you would need somebody who had not used a computer before)...

My point being that I personally find many of the features in a desktop like KDE to improve my desktop experience beyound what is offered by the more mainstream DE's... I am sure that if windows XP offered some of these features and KDE did not people would notice.

Anyways KDE (and other X-WM) features I find it difficult to live without)...
1) The ability to stick any app to the screen so that it stays on top no matter what - This can get a bit tricky with dialogues but I find it essential.

2)Focus Follows Mouse / Focus does not raise window -- This makes life a lot easier when accessing reference material from another app.

3) Multiple Desktops - I don't use them that much but they sure are useful.

4) My Kde Desktop is incredibly responsive under load. I can have a Render happening and My processor (a Duron 750) and my memory (756MB) Can be maxing out with no slow down to the system. In fact I can browse the web use Emails etc and not notice any difference to performance at all. I can compile software and watch fullscreen DVD's at the same time and only occassionally notice any problems with the performance of the DVD.

Overall I think though that the X based DE's lack the polish and intergration of the Native DE's, However since both KDE and Gnome are now on 6 Month release cycles I would expect the situation to improve quickly.

I think that as Linux is better geared for the desktop the quality of these environments will improve.