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: Great Review
by Anonymous on Tue 18th Mar 2003 21:31 UTC

Hmm, I have 1 out of 20+ Programs where I can't specify where to install it (Canon Printer Driver).

My point isn't that you can't tell the installer where it goes, it is that Windows by design doesn't encourage the user to know where thier files live or manipulate thier files by actually clicking on them. It provides the start menu, but most programs are just dumped in C:Programs...., thier config files wherever (sometimes in that same folder, sometimes otherwise), registry edits made, dlls installed over eachother, and a startmenu item pops out along with yet another item on the desktop. In fact, the default behavior in WindowsXP is to not even show the "Program Files" directory to the user. I find this behavior frusterating and inconsistent.