Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:46 UTC
Editorial With Windows 7 having made its grand debut, and with KDE4's vision making leaps and bounds forward with every release, we have two major software projects that have decided to implement some fairly drastic interface changes. Such changes are bound to receive some harsh criticisms - but the funny thing is, these criticisms usually come from people you least expect it from.
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To Boldly Go
by boots on Tue 27th Jan 2009 14:59 UTC
boots
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2005-07-06

There is a difference between subtly changing how things are presented / performed by the user and changing / rewriting the entire underlying infrastructure that supports that. KDE4 does both. Which means aside from user frustration in terms of re-learning paradigms (with little or no discernable or tested productivity gains) there is also the extreme frustration of getting things to just plain work. perfectly well working applications have lost much functionality and interop. Will it be worth it? Maybe, eventually. In the meantime (I talking years) it has not been overly successful from a user perspective.

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RE: To Boldly Go
by Yagami on Tue 27th Jan 2009 15:30 in reply to "To Boldly Go"
Yagami Member since:
2006-07-15

your comment remminder me of netscape 4 / mozilla.

would you like to be still using netscape 4.x ?

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RE[2]: To Boldly Go
by boots on Tue 27th Jan 2009 15:48 in reply to "RE: To Boldly Go"
boots Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay, now remember how long it took Mozilla to get going. YEARS. That was a single application. We are talking about an entire platform here that encompasses everything from low level IO and applicaiton communication layers all the way up the stack to user interaction. The point isn't that change is not needed -- the point is that if you change everything at once you will also break everything at once. That is not a particularly good outcome and quite understandably, not one that will be well received.

Edited 2009-01-27 15:49 UTC

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