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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I'm not averse to change...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 19:02 UTC
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...I'm just averse to changes that make no damn sense. My biggest UI complaint in Vista was that they not only moved crap, but the crap they moved was more logical and just made more sense where it was in previous Windows versions than the new Vista-and-up locations.

Not to mention it's like a Frankenstein GUI; some things appear now as a nice flashy page in Windows Explorer, some things appear in the "classic" style settings window, some things (like Screen Resolution) appear as something that doesn't seem to match anything else. It appears that Microsoft has yet to fix the mess they've made (in Vista) in Windows 7, unfortunately. If they'd just clean that mess up, one of my biggest complaints would be cleared. Of course, dozens would remain, but it'd be a huge improvement.

With that said, I will say that Win7 does have some nice features. Some of my favorites being the new taskbar, Aero Shake, Aero Peek, the Ribbon UI in Wordpad and Paint, and the ability to quickly make a window take up exactly half of the screen with a quick and natural gesture.

As for KDE4... I was on the side of people who just thought that it was an extremely buggy, featureless release that should have never happened. The last version I tried was 4.12 or 4.15 or something like that (in other words, the 4.1 series), and I still left extremely disappointed. Still far too buggy, to the point I don't even care what features they added to it. Hopefully, since Slackware is already switching to it, its version is a massive improvement... because every time I tried it, it had a long way to go...

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