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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Some good points but biased and wrong framework
by Anthony on Tue 18th Mar 2003 15:43 UTC

The biggest problem is that she is using the wrong criteria for desktop analysis

She uses The Look and Feel, Usability, Consistency, Integration, Flexibility, Speed, Stability and Bugs, Technology, Programming Framework.

What about security? Leaving this out for me draws question
to validity the whole analysis.

What about Value? ($$ vs what you get)
And lock-in.

What about hardware support?
Gnome runs on many platforms unsupported by Windows etc.

Specific problems:

Programming Framework
- This has to be the most misinformed section. There are dozens of api that work in Linux. Both gnome and kde can use XML to define layouts.
What about wxWindows, FOX, PyQt, wXRuby, Java?

There are so may interfaces for programming I think the majority of programmers
if they have worked with both would prefer the flexability, code availability
and cost of GTK and secondly QT.


The Look and Feel

"I don't like keramik"
-Ok change it
-different distros change them

Which distros did you look at Xandros? Lindows? Mandrake 9.1?

"Gnome widgets are plain"
-so fix them

Usability

"problem I have with KDE is its extreme bloat."
-pick a distro without it - knoppix

Consistency

She talks about applications not desktop. If this is truly a desktop review than no applications
would be mentioned.

Integration

She doesn't want to have to open a terminal app. Well she doesn't to edit a configuration
file. The registry is much more confusing the configuration files
as there is no space for comments.


"no GUI on configuring printers/scanners/other hardware"
-mandrake
-knoppix both have one