Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE: Haiku's UI dated?
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 21st Dec 2009 22:03 UTC in reply to "Haiku's UI dated?"
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Ok, the windows don't have soft shadows. And the GUI has almost no animated transitions, but that is of course not visible when looking at a screen shot. Only the missing window shadows are. Is that the sole reason why I keep hearing Haiku looks like from the nineties? Or is that just a rumor that doesn't want to die, because Haiku used the exact BeOS look for so long?

IMO it's just a slightly more-sophisticated version of "I may not know art, but I know what I don't like."

Many people perceive "modern" and "current" as if they were interchangeable concepts. And most of the people who pontificate about that stuff have no formal design training or experience, so they evaluate the BeOS/Haiku GUI solely by the presence or absence of current flavour-of-the-month UI trends (rather than evaluating it based on valid design principles).

In other words, the reasoning goes something like this:

- (insert latest release of popular, mainstream OS) is a recent operating system, therefore it must be modern
- therefore, its GUI must be "modern" too
- therefore, that's what a modern GUI looks like
- therefore any GUIs that look different are, by definition, not modern

And IMO, I think that's due to the larger cultural attitudes towards design - particularly the perception that design is an artistic (rather than scientific) discipline. So because it's a field that's (perceived as) largely subjective, many people assume that any opinion on design is automatically unassailable - no matter how ill-informed or poorly-qualified it might be.

Or to put that in a more humourous way:

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