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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by Peter Colijn on Wed 19th Mar 2003 05:02 UTC

WinXP more stable than OS X? Gimme a break. I've *never* had a WinXP box last more than a week without locking up, crashing, etc. I agree, 2k/XP are *light years* ahead of 9x, but they "just ain't there" in terms of stability. My Mac can easily do 30 days uptime, no sweat. I usually only reboot it for software updates.

And WinXP more stable that GNOME? WTF? Maybe I don't use WinXP and GNOME the same way you do, but I sure as *hell* don't think WinXP is more stable than GNOME *at all*. Yes I have had some GNOME apps crash on me (Galeon and Totem in particular). But I just fire 'em up again and all is well. In XP sometimes that's possible, sometimes you just get into a never-ending cycle of "End task", "End now", "End task", "End now", and nothing ever happens. And then there's the lovely blue-screens and spontaneous reboots. Once again, light years ahead of 9x, but these things are *not* gone in XP/2k. I routinely have my GNOME desktops running for 60-80 days straight, no sweat. Let me reiterate that yes, sometimes *applications* crash, but nothing so serious as to force me to logout and log back in. When I do logout/login, it's usually because I got a new version of GNOME.