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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RE: Pretty clunky looking...
by segedunum on Fri 10th Mar 2006 00:00 UTC in reply to "Pretty clunky looking..."
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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:

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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JCooper Member since:

I find it strange how the screenshots and Nat's demo show BEST rather than Holmes. I also think they've missed something with that "computer" menu - it's a pretty big pane, so why the hell does searching for something open yet another window? The only concept (unfortunately not implementation) I think MS has got right with Vista, is having search results right there where you type the search terms in the start menu. With this wider panel, the area where the application shortcuts are could be replaced with a search-as-you-type feature. Pressing escape, or clicking a cleanup icon (like that in Banshee's search field) would close the search results and display the applications once more.

Further to that, I also think the seperate window to find the application you're after is the wrong approach. While this is acceptable on a Mac, coming from fd.o standardised menus/categories in Gnome/KDE until now, this is a step backwards. OK the categories are still there, but its more of a pain to get to them. Also, again, the search-as-you-type finding of applications (a la Deskbar) should be right there in the computer menu, making opening an app (assuming the search entry has focus as soon as the computer menu opens) as easy as click (or superkey) > type > hit enter.

Anyway, its open source, hopefully other distributors will get this packaged up and available soon so pedantic people like me can actually use the concept rather than just comment on screenshots etc ;)

Edited 2006-03-10 01:10

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ronaldst Member since:

I hope you're kidding. In case you haven't noticed...

There is a drop down listbox inside the menu.

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Pseudo Cyborg Member since:

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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