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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by makkus on Wed 19th Mar 2003 06:54 UTC

Your long reply shows you've many issues with Gnome and I'm sorry that you feel that way but can't change it, you liked GNome for the wrong reasons and now you want to change it into the thing you really wanted, another WIN API clone.

First you didn't answer my post, what makes a gnome application a gnome application. The API isn't like any of the other DE we know. If you can speak of a API. Well except, in my opinion, the Amiga approach. In my opinion the binding is the gtk+2 widget set and the HIG look.

They've unlike other DE I know not the desire to make everything Gnome. What they do is providing building stones for making a DE and you can take or leave the things you want or don't want. That's why those stones (libraries) are popping up everywhere: pango, atk, glib, gconf, gtk+2, etc. A lot of projects taking or discussing to take parts of it. And with gnome you can do that, You can take seperate components and leave the rest, it is designed that way. You find this approach confusing and allien, I find this refreshing and totally different from all the other DE setups.

I don't now what you expected from gnome, too guess by your reply and all you other posts I see everywhere where the word Gnome is mentioned on the internet, you expected that the API (if you can speak of that) would become more like the Windows or KDE one. But if you followed the Gnome approach over the years you must have seen that this was absolutely not the intention of Gnome and I applaud them for considering the platform where they are build on, namely *nix. The building tools and building blocks approach is how *nix did and do thinks and made it the strong platform it is now. I hate the day when THE ONE RIGHT WAY to do things is taking over.