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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One disagreement
by Anonymous on Thu 20th Mar 2003 00:27 UTC

Eugenia,

I have one disagreement with this article, and it is with this quote:

"Gnome and KDE feel more like shells, and while this is what they really are if you clearly look at them, they don't solve the given problem (even if they never meant to, it is irrelevant here, as the overall experience is what matters)."

That KDE and Gnome were not meant to solve the problem IS relevant. They are meant to be part of a total solution, not to be a total solution in themselves, and there are distros that use them properly. An example would be SuSE with KDE; Control Center is the one stop shop for ALL your configuration needs, including all the KDE config stuff plus all the YaST modules. You do a disservice to your readers, and damage to your credibility, by ignoring this (and don't try to tell me you're unfamiliar with SuSE's KDE implementation). I realize you were trying to stick with KDE 3.1, but with so few distros shipping 3.1 at this point, I would hardly say it's a fair representation of the default KDE a user is likely to encounter.

Also, I realize you have a bone to pick with X, but you keep blaming it for things that aren't it's fault. Most people who claim X is slow or unstable have only used KDE or Gnome. When you try something like WindowMaker it quickly becomes apparent that X is very fast and very stable, and it is in fact KDE and Gnome that are slow and unstable.

Finally, you really should have had an editor read this before you posted it. The last few pages were very difficult to read.