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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OS X, XP & BeOS
by Jay on Tue 18th Mar 2003 16:59 UTC

So, again Eugenia tries to do something worthwhile and gets crucified. Instead of using her article as a starting point, some of you compulsively make her the subject. Sad.

I think this is the Year Of OS X, when it will fully blossom and its power, from all aspects of it, will really begin to shine. It isn't perfect though, that's for sure. People talk about the Dock alot, but I like the Dock. It's Finder windows that I think are the weakest part of the OS. The windows themselves are fine, but it is not the best way to navigate. I knew this because of my NeXT workstation and thought that was the weakest part of it. Fortunately, their are utilities like MaxMenus that help greatly in this area. But, OS X is becoming a truly great OS.

Windows XP Pro is, I think, the fastest and most stable of the major commercial OSes. I say that knowing it took a long, long time for Windows to get to this point.

And now Be is back! I'm sort of stunned by this, that Zeta turns out to not just be R5 with some patches. I can't wait for this, especially because Be was/is the fastest OS and the one with the greatest potential.

I love to use Linux distros, but Linux is in a different place, I think. I'm very impresseed by KDE 3.1 in particular. But, to me it's impossible to compare an OS that has hundreds or even thousands of professional programmers to OSS. It's just different.

I want to continue to experience more OSes - like eComStation, FreeBSD and many more. So many OSes, so little time :-)