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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Not really objective enough
by Budge Feeney on Tue 18th Mar 2003 18:07 UTC

I've tried BeOS, it doesn't deserve the marks it's gotten. Asthetically even the old Mac Classics could beat it (God I loved those machines, I'd ebay one if I had the money). But what got me in particular was this

BeOS is very good on abstracting the complexity as well, but it doesn't offer too many tools (though there are third party tools for such operations and also is easy to add more, as BeOS is a solid and simple system as we reported above).



followed by this

Additionally, both Gnome and KDE don't offer tools to change the native resolution of X (this will change soon though, but it should have been here years ago already), no tools to configure internet connections, startup OS items, a GUI to load/unload/install/uninstall drivers on the fly [or by rebooting], no GUI on configuring printers/scanners/other hardware.

KDE has (in some cases since 1.0) had support for
Internet Config: KPPP
Startup Config: Ksysv
Printing: kups, other tools
Scanning: Kooka, xsane (which is GTK/Gnome, I know)
Drivers: The Linux KControl module to recompiler the kernel

What's more, almost every version of these you get has a whole load of other tools thrown in by the distro: e.g. Redhat's tools (Gnome), Mandrake's tools (Gnome), SuSE's tools (KDE - all the way!), which are at least as valid as "third-party tools" mentioned for BeOS.

It was therefore rather bizarre to see
Rating: Windows XP 10, MacOSX 9, KDE 4, BeOS 8.5, Gnome 4.

at the bottom. I think BeOS came out of this a bit better than most other reviewers would allow. But all in all, an interesting article. A couple of months ago the comments would have been fun.