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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@ Danni Coy and about window managers and more
by aRTee on Wed 19th Mar 2003 13:00 UTC

Danni Coy,
you are dead on!

Funny that when I started to read this article, and the comments, I wanted to post what you wrote, so thanks, I'll just quote you:

"Anyways KDE (and other X-WM) features I find it difficult to live without)...
1) The ability to stick any app to the screen so that it stays on top no matter what - This can get a bit tricky with dialogues but I find it essential.

2)Focus Follows Mouse / Focus does not raise window -- This makes life a lot easier when accessing reference material from another app.

3) Multiple Desktops - I don't use them that much but they sure are useful.
"

So basically, without these features a DE is not my piece of pie. At work I sometimes have to move things from my NT pc to the unix realm and edit files/data etc through reflection where I can have the window behaviour that I require to do my work in an efficient way.
The fact that none of this shows up in the review, that kde scores much lower on usability whereas it is the only DE/wm that you can set up to have this behaviour (without crazy hacks, as are required for gnome) is very telling about how personal the outcome of the review is.
(Bloat doesn't bother me as long as I can set things up the way I want; if the handles, levers etc in your car are many but they allow you to drive a long time without getting too tired, in the end you win... btw you only set things up once.)

This review is one persons opinion and should be respected as such. Thanks go to the author for writing it, and thanks also to others like Daan for writing their take on things.

Instead of whining about that XP should not win because whatever, or that KDE merits more points here and there, or that OSX is or isn't much better than OS9, I think it would be much more interesting to see what everybody likes about their own favourite DE, and what they don't like about it.

I like KDE the most, but things are not perfect. They are maybe close, as far as the KDE people can do things about it, but some things are annoying. For instance: I'd like to be able to drop a file (image) from konqueror onto the gimp icon on my panel, or on gimp. Once works, but the second time opens a new gimp, and dropping onto gimp does not work...
But I prefer this than to have to miss the useful window behaviour that Danni mentioned. Also I realise this is the result of the whole gtk/qt stuff but that doesn't interest me.

Aside that, I will personally not touch an MS product if I can help it, and not spend any money to a convicted fellon. I also don't believe it's right to steal from a thief, so I just don't buy or use MS win. Add to that the virus problems, spyware, unacceptable (unlawful where I live) EULAs, etcetc...

So I go OSS all the way, the only thing that I don't like is what I mentioned above, and that's minor.