Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Mar 2006 17:43 UTC, submitted by HeLfReZ
Novell and Ximian "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is an all-in-one solution that contains technology innovations and usability breakthroughs including integrated desktop search, accelerated graphical interfaces and numerous application improvements. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop delivers market-leading usability plus an exceptional end user experience with an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn environment. Seamless interoperability and support for standards allows SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to readily coexists with Windows, Mac, Unix and other operating systems." The preview page has some screenshots and a screencast. My take: And there was much rejoicing. I'm seriously looking forward to this release.
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Pretty clunky looking...
by SpasmaticSeacow on Thu 9th Mar 2006 21:40 UTC
SpasmaticSeacow
Member since:
2006-02-17

Personally, I use KDE, but you can dress up GNOME just as easily to make it aesthetically pleasing.

Their screenshots are just plain ugly. Very uncompelling. The YaST stuff and XP-start panel knock-off are not only bland, but poorly laid out/spaced. The fonts they use are also pretty poor.

If they are going to spend money mucking with the desktop UI, better they should hire some UI designers and a few graphics artists to help make it look good.

If they are going to do Compiz, how about enhancements to the UI like reduce brightness on non-active windows (maybe add a slight blur to them), or drop-shadows. Maybe have 2 resize options -- resize the window dimesions, resize the window scale...

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RE: Pretty clunky looking...
by nicholas on Thu 9th Mar 2006 22:01 in reply to "Pretty clunky looking..."
nicholas Member since:
2005-07-07

"If they are going to do Compiz, how about enhancements to the UI like reduce brightness on non-active windows (maybe add a slight blur to them)"

Great idea, not!

How in God's name do you think blurring out-of-focus windows would in anyway enhance usability?

Reading blurred text from another window isn't my idea of usable.

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RE: Pretty clunky looking...
by segedunum on Fri 10th Mar 2006 00:00 in reply to "Pretty clunky looking..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

and XP-start panel knock-off are not only bland, but poorly laid out/spaced.

Agreed. Novell's employees have abviously told them that Gnome's top bar thing doesn't work. They'll probably reverse the button ordering as well. It's a real XP start menu knock-off, and ironically, one of the things open source people have supposedly been complaining about with Windows.

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SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Yes the XP start menu is a shambles, the Novell menu is MUCH better. If you called this "but poorly laid out/spaced. " then you really know nothing about UI design, it's never been easier to search and look for your data in Linux and a major step forward.

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Pseudo Cyborg Member since:
2005-07-09

And, apparantly, I can't move my toolbars around according to you? *rolls eyes*

Personally, I don't think it's a knock-off. If anything, it's a definite step forward. But that's just my opinion. ;)

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