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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All kind of things
by Daan on Tue 18th Mar 2003 18:59 UTC

"which you did not, a GTK application can also be a GNOME application even if it doesn't use gnome specific libraries."

Then they also count as KDE programs, making KDE even better. And what remains is that about 4/5 is not Gnome2.

About integration: in KWord I can insert an embedded spreadsheet with Insert-Object-Spreadsheet. In Word I can insert an Excel-spreadsheet. In Abiword this seems not to be possible.

"While I agree that a lot of usability is just "what you're used to" and thus Windows wins in every category, I think overlooking such blatant UI inconsistency is taking it rather easy on them."

When quickly writing my review, it was quite difficult to come up with good and bad points about Windows, indeed. Everything seems very "natural" because I have used it for so long.

But there are feautures I really miss in the leading desktop environments, between (brackets) the osses I saw it in:
- Why doesn't the Save dialog only show an icon, which can be dropped to an Explorer window? This makes network transparency easier to implement: the program sends the file to the Explorer via IPC and the Explorer actually saves it (RiscOS)
- Why can't I paint buttons? I want to paint the Yes button in the Save dialog green, and the Yes button in the Delete dialog red. (OS/2 Warp 3)
- Why can't I select some text and drop it in an Explorer window in Windows? (KDE and BeOS)
- Why can't I send a file by dropping it on an IM window? (Windows MSN)
- Why isn't an application only a folder. (MacOS, RiscOS)
- Why not the menubar at the top of the screen. This has been proven by usability research, because you reach screen corners more easily. (MacOS, KDE)
(I have seen the things above myself, so do not say that it's not true. I have not heard it, I have experienced it myself.)