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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RE: The Definitive Desktop Environment Comparison
by nonamenobody on Tue 18th Mar 2003 14:32 UTC

Whilst this is an interesting, entertaining and somewhat informative article, I would hardly call it 'The Definitive Desktop Environment Comparison'.

There are a number of points which I take issue with. Particularly the integration rating, BeOS gets 10 because it only supports BeOS apps. A KDE system, with only KDE apps installed, would provide similar level of functionality to BeOS system (IMHO). Additionally many X11 apps, with their inconsistent bunch of toolkits, will run on Windows XP or Mac OS-X just as much as they can run on a system running GNOME or KDE (which could be Mac OS-X, or Windows XP). I believe Eugina is confusing her OSs and her desktop environments.

BTW one last small point that I have to mention, Opera has used Qt 3 for quite some time now.

The other part of this 'comparison' which really shows it up for what it is (Eugina's Definitive Desktop Environment/Operating Systems Opinions), is the final rating. The final rating should not be a simple average of all the seperate sections, which implies that all sections are of equally weight. It should either be a separate, independant rating (the reviewers overall impression) or it should be weighted average, with each of the previous ratings given a weight and then averaged.

I believe the third sentence of the conclusion sums it up: 'But I think this article summarizes well my view on how well these DEs they function and deliver what they are supposed to deliver to the user.'

I would agree with that line, to be honest Eugina's concise view of Desktop Environments, is much more interesting to me than an exhaustive comparison (of things which aren't really comparable anyway).

I particularly liked the link with her thoughts on Keramik, I really like Keramik, but the toolbar backgrounds and the borders do annoy me.