Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 16:07 UTC
Linux "I am proud to announce the official release of Symphony OS Alpha 4. Alpha 4 includes the KNOPPIX version of the 2.6.11 Linux Kernel and an updated base based on Knoppix 3.9, numerous improvements to the Mezzo Desktop environment, includes synaptic for package management, beagle for local searching, supports .desktop files in the Programs target, and much more."
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RE: yay!!
by on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 17:36 UTC in reply to "yay!!"

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I don't know if your excited or being critical, but in case it is the latter consider this: unlike many Linux distros, this one is experimenting with different UI concepts.

While some people may not agree with these concepts, some people may and it is those people who are important. If noone agrees with these concepts, development will come to a halt, and hopefully something will be learned in the process.

The developers have a couple of challenging problems in front of them. They seem to be aiming for the ideal of early UIs. Notably, early interfaces hid very little functionality. This visibility is what made the GUI more successful than early text-oriented UIs, and not the WIMP paradigm.

Unfortunately, our present needs for computers are much more complex than they were 10 or 20 years ago. The trick is finding an effective way of dealing with this complexity. This is one proposal, and I fully intend to look at it (though I don't expect it to win me over for various reasons). It will undoubtedly evolve with time as its authors learn about its benefits and shortcomings.

Another issue which they will have to deal with is the rift between their ideals and the available application software. I'll be interested in seeing what their solution is.

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