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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KDE 4 User here...
by bralkein on Thu 27th Aug 2009 21:02 UTC
bralkein
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2006-12-20

...and if KDE is so much like Windows, then why the heck do I start fuming with frustration every time I have to use the Redmond OS?

Not to disparage Windows or OS X in any way, but I am used to the way a KDE desktop works to the point that when I use other OSes it feels like I'm trying to run with my shoelaces tied together, and I immediately start missing the stuff I use on KDE. If KDE was a clone of one or the other, then that wouldn't happen.

Honestly, I would hope that simply in the course of doing proper research the different OSes and DEs end up getting inspiration from each other to some extent, because to show no interest in other people's ideas just because of NIH is pointless and self-defeating. If someone comes up with a good way of doing something and users get used to it, I don't see the harm in copying it, just so long as you don't end up blanket copying the whole of someone else's OS.

PS. No comment on GNOME, since I haven't used it recently to any extent.

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