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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Ending rouge programs
by GregZ28 on Tue 18th Mar 2003 20:15 UTC

Pretty good article overall. I was kinda sensitive to my favorite operating system reading it, but after thinking about from a more un-biased point of view, it all makes sense. It's funny reading these comments about how 'insert your fav OS' should have scored higher.


One feature that I see very little exposure to is the ability to end mis-behaving programs. We all know that apps have bugs and crash. How can they be gracefully ended? Windows has gotten good at this. Just Ctrl-alt-delete and then pick the app to end. BeOS is the best, with the 'Vulcan grip of death', or Ctrl-alt-delete (since windows made this the standard) . How does this work in OS X? Linux os okay, using the ps command and then looking for the correct process id, then typing ps -9 psid. I don't always get the right id, since there could be several processes running for an app. Not very elegant.

Ease of use features like that are WAY more important to me than system icons looks, or transparency, etc.