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: Definitive???
by anonymous on Tue 18th Mar 2003 23:21 UTC

To qualify as definitive, you'd need to have a broad sample.

Check out the bitch sites regarding UI complaints for the different issues people have with KDE, Gnome, etc.

Also, you'd need to try each one out, where possible, on multiple machines. You would ALSO need to try these out on different distributions. Gentoo vs. Suse vs. FreeBSD vs. etc. Each one will do something different and complaining about KDE or Gnome's supposed inconsistency or slowness does nothing if it's the underlying distro, OS, or hardware ( dual CPU or funky video card ) that's causing the problems you find irritating.

Even better would be to see if a bunch of people wanted to participate. Maybe time some basic stuff such as opening a browser or whatnot. More useful would be if people went digging to find inconsistencies in UI. This would probably be far more productive and would provide a much better definitive review as well as remove the underlying hardware and OS as factors.