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: Good Lord
by Walt Huntsman on Tue 18th Mar 2003 16:51 UTC

Now all you need is yet another article on why BeOS "isn't dead".

Personally, I'd be interested in reading such an article, particularly a review of BeOS Max. (If there is an OSNews review, please point me to the article.)

I recently had a Linux user suggest I take a look at this OS as a faster booting alternative for my Celeron 400 notebook. Linux seems to take forever to boot, and XP is not an option (too expensive, my hardware is too old, I do not want to support Microsoft, etc.). I can't afford a Mac, and I like what little I've seen of BeOS in terms of the look (which is important to me - better looking usually also means easier on the eyes, and my eyes are bad enough ;) ).

Now, on to the article itself:

I'll agree with those who say Eugenia's article is opinionated. (By the way, for those few clueless who obviously didn't figure it out from the name, Eugenia is a she, not a he.) But then, since the article is billed as a review, I would expect it to contain some opinion. I have no problem with that and, in fact, appreciated it. I found the article well laid out and presented.

Although I am not a Microsoft fan, my limited exposure to XP (on my wife's laptop) tells me that it seems a big improvement on previous incarnations of Windows. If only there wasn't that whole activation issue. It does seem a bit harder for non-technical (i.e., those who do not design for Microsoft or work as programmers) people to tweak certain things in XP with regard to look and feel (at least my wife has had trouble with certain aspects and she does work as a programmer). However, my own personal biases (and I admit, I am biased) will preclude me from ever using XP on a machine of my own. (Of course, my current machine precludes me from using XP anyway. And buying a new machine is not an option at this point. Unfortunately ;) )

I will conclude by simply saying that I enjoy reading Eugenia's articles (no, she did not pay me to say that ;) ), even if I do not always agree with her views and conclusions. I find them to usually be informative and offering plenty of food for thought. Keep up the good work!