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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Windows responsiveness
by stew on Tue 18th Mar 2003 15:12 UTC

I really prefer KDE over anything. I also find it to be more responsive on my machine than Windows XP.

One reason why Windows is very unresponsive sometimes is the fact that window operations like dragging go through the applicaion's main event loop (at least in Win32, haven't tried .NET yet). That means when the app is busy handling other events, it is unable to respond to such messages.

In X11, the application owning the window does not have to worry about moving the window at all, since the window manager does take care about that.