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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Definitive...come on now
by teknishn on Tue 18th Mar 2003 15:44 UTC

I respect your opinions and your review Eugenia, but you should have left off the term Definitive. Not much to say that hasnt already been covered and then some, so I'll just share my own quick opinion.....

I personally think XP is garbage. Its the same thing we've been staring at for 8 years with new fluff added to it. I would give it high marks for consistency and speeed and low marks for innovation and customization.

OSX is super purdy, and has really nice innovations like OpenGL rendering of the UI. But, its still a canned setup and, like XP, youre really stuck with what Apple and MS want....not what you want.

I personally run KDE3.1 under Gentoo (Gentoo = speed.....lotsa speed). I really cant understand how anyone can think windows is more functional than KDE is. When Im in windows at work or at home for games etc, I feel handicapped. With excpetion to playing games, there is nothing windows does that I cant do in linux. In fact its quite the oposite. I want to do somthing in linux I can got get whatever program it is that I need for free. With OSX and Windows you have to go buy very expensive software to accomplish your goals. On the konqueror note, I really dont understand your position. Konqueror is great to me. Does everything window explorer does, but better and faster. Not sure where you get this KDE = bloat crap either. Its not even close to the bloat of windows and its 1gb install. The big problem with KDE has been that its cluttered or messy, and I think that 3.1 has come full circle to cleaning that up and making things much more user friendly without taking away the ability to customize everything.

Im not too fond of Gnome personally, but I will give it its due props. Its clean its fast. Ive had stability issues with it, but Im not gonna hold that against it til 2.x has really matured. My problem with Gnomw is that its too clean, at the sacrifice of easily accessible functionality and customization. But, I believe theyre moving in the right direction.

One last thing to mention about the latter 2 that I believe is very important and should be considered in any "Definitive" review is the fact that the devolopment pace of KDE and Gnome are and will far outpace that of the Windows and OSX UIs. MS has released the same ole UI since win95 with nothing more than refreshments. I expect OSX will be the same. Then you have to wait several years in between any possible UI enhancements or innovations and then fork out $$. Longhorn UI looks just like XP with some refreshments as usual, and theyve borrowed the multiple desktop idea from the Linux world. KDE and Gnome on the other hand will generally see 2 to 3 or more point releases a year and most likely 2 or maybe even 3 major releases in that same timespan.

This is just my opinion, but I think your review was far from "Definative" and was anything but objective. I really think there are few ppl out there that can be objective much less definative. I work with KDE3.0/3.1 and Windows2000/XP equally almost all day long. With regard to those 2 UIs I can be objective and I TOTALLY prefer KDE 3.1 outa the group. Its as fast, its more stable, its more secure, its more functional than windows and its all mine (configured to look, act, and feel the way I want it)