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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by zhuravlik on Sun 30th Aug 2009 06:54 UTC
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Desktop and Desktop Environment are different things, in my opinion.
Desktop Environment is a problem of a GUI design, and Desktop is a problem of the user himself.

My computer desktop never had the default look of the desktop environment, neither on Windows, nor on Linux. Every time I needed a lot of tweaks and utils to be able to use my computer, even in command line.

It`s like your workplace: you choose a table but it`s not sufficient to work. You need a notebook, an organizer, calendar, pens, pencils, etc. to feel comfortable. Desktop Environments are trying to give us "all in one". But my pen choice is my own choice, sorry.

Desktop environment should provide a great notification system and great interoperation with custom utilities, and that`s all. But desktop environments try to provide email clients, office suites, web browsers for us, too, so most of them sucks. I want to choose my socks myself, yeah.

PS: I use Awesome WM and a bunch of shellscripts for notification purposes. KDE and Gnome are too fat for me. I'm not a GUI hater, but I've almost never seen a complete full-featured DE, so I prefer to build it myself. Maybe exception is an OpenSolaris DE, which is a polished version of the original not-so-userfriendly Gnome, but there are some reasons why I don't use OpenSolaris.

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