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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Definitive
by Jay on Thu 20th Mar 2003 15:58 UTC

So much of the comments in this thread really end up referring to Eugenia's use of the word "definitive" in the title. Almost all of us know Eugenia is not a native speaker of English and words and terms in a different language are often difficult to pinpoint as to what situations you use them in, etc.

Most of us who natively speak English know that "definitive" means "the standard", "the ultimate", "the agreed upon", etc. This is obviously not what Eugenia meant as she began the article apologizing for not including more OSes and then going on to say, "Also note that this is a quick overview. We can't possibly cover these environments in-depth, as that would take not five pages...".

So, it is obvious she used the word in an incorrect fashion. However, in English (and I'm sure there are equivalents in other languages) there is a saying regarding this kind of thing. It's called "correcting the obvious". And it means that there is no point or use in correcting the person's mistake over and over again. The term is clear - the correction that is being made is something that is obvious...like calling an evergreen tree a Maple tree. It's in obvious mistake. It can happen to anyone. And it's so obvious that "correcting the obvious" is worse than the initial mistake. So, unfortunately, many, many of these posts in this thread were posted for only one reason - to correct the obvious.