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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by moleskine on Wed 28th Jan 2009 00:44 UTC
moleskine
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You can't blame people for being sceptical about change in this context. The computer industry generally has an appalling record of foisting half-baked, bug-ridden new products on consumers. I'm not trying to criticize Windows 7 or KDE here at all, just pointing out the context. So managing change is, I suspect, harder in this arena because your users are wary, and weary.

Just my 2 cents, but predictability and stability are what matter to me. If both are there then the computer runs well and does its own stuff, leaving me to do my stuff. I know that if I mouse down menu A or press button B then a predictable action will occur and my environment won't crash on me either.

That does, however, assume that my computer provides adequate functionality. What that means is different in every case, but broadly it means that my environment should offer at least as much as I can get elsewhere - messaging, multimedia, connectivity, what have you. Otherwise, imho, I am selling myself short. Why put up with an environment whose functionality is limited if you don't have to.

So I don't really mind what changes occur providing these three things - predictability, stability and functionality - are not compromised. Change is the name of the game; nothing stays the same for long.

I haven't tried Windows 7 and have no opinion on KDE 4.x. I've switched from KDE 3.5 to Gnome - which is fine - till KDE 4.x beds down and is clearly all there. All there with regard to those three things I've mentioned, not partly there which has been my impression from trying 4.0 and 4.1. I take it that will be sometime later this year.

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