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: Final Ratings Math Error
by Walt Huntsman on Tue 18th Mar 2003 18:03 UTC

ok, Eugenia has 5 different categories where she scored each of the 5 DEs

Actually, there are (by my reckoning) eight scores rather than five.

Eugenia's Final Rating:
Windows XP 8.55
MacOSX 8.33
BeOS 8.22
KDE 6.72
Gnome 6.61

Nic's averages:
OSX 8.33
XP 8.30
BEOS 7.70
Gnome 7.30
KDE 7.10


Actually, my math reveals yet a different set of numbers (what a surprise):
Averaging all nine scores reveals the following results:

XP 8.44
OSX 8.33
BeOS 8.06
Gnome 6.78
KDE 6.72

Using the five categories (averaging the three Consistency, Integration, and Flexibility scores into one score and doing the same with Technology and Programming Framework scores) results in the following averages:

XP 8.55 (as in Eugenia's final ratings)
OSX 8.37
BeOS 7.73
Gnome 6.92
KDE 6.78

What does all of this mean? It proves you can do just about anything you want with numbers ;) Personally, I like averaging all nine scores together. No worries about weighting or other issues.