Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:08 UTC
Linux A complaint you hear quite often is that the Linux desktop environments, which mostly refers to KDE and GNOME, are trying too hard to be like Windows and Mac OS X. Now, even James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at Novell, Director of the Linux Foundation, and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board (put that on your business card) states in an interview that he believes the Linux desktop is too much like Windows and Mac.
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This makes no sense
by madcrow on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:51 UTC
madcrow
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2006-03-13

People expect computers to work in a certain way. The fact that Windows, OS X, KDE and Gnome share so many similarities in their basic interactions with the user is simply a reflection of that. To radically change the way things work just to be different would be an enormous mistake. How can people like the guy in the interview not see that?

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RE: This makes no sense
by GiantTalkingCow on Thu 27th Aug 2009 20:26 in reply to "This makes no sense"
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2009-01-27

@madcrow:
I'm sure that I agree. As has been mentioned (phone UIs, PVRs, etc), people can adapt to user interfaces pretty quickly, especially if the UI is well designed. I think that the main problem comes from a lack of UI consistency, trying to ape commercial efforts too closely, and a general lack of design skill on the part of most DE devs these days. (That is to say, ignorance of the importance of such things as layouts, use of space, access to options, etc)

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