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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Be different...
by Leszek Lesner on Fri 28th Aug 2009 11:33 UTC
Leszek Lesner
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2007-04-08

... wasn't that the slogan of the BeOS ?

I think there is a lot of choice. Not everyone is following Windows or Mac. Just take a look at ZevenOS for example:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38932550@N00/3833773822/

It has a quite unique look (for people who don't know BeOS/ZETA/Haiku). But for some reasons this look isn't wanted by majority of people. They simply don't want something different.
Therefor there is also a ThemeManager in ZevenOS allowing people to change to a more familiar look and feel:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/38932550@N00/3675637002/

I think thats the major reason why GNOME , KDE, XFCE and LXDE are more focusing on a familiar look.

Edited 2009-08-28 11:45 UTC

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