Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 12:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Gnome GNOME hacker Seth Nickell has written a lengthy PDF and accompanying blog post with a number of very interesting ideas for GNOME 3.0. I pondered putting this up on the front page, but since that usually only attracts the "It's not what I'm used to so it sucks"-crowd, I decided to put it up here. Be sure to read the blog post, the PDF, and the comments on the blog post to get the entire picture.
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RE[3]: Comment by ParanoidAndroid
by siride on Fri 26th Feb 2010 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ParanoidAndroid"
siride
Member since:
2006-01-02

So they aren't really forcing users, because they are using the users' own ideas. Anyways, choice isn't generally a good thing. It's only necessary when the developers can't make a good interface, so need the user to do the last leg of work to get the software working correctly. Every checkbox is a failure on the part of the developer.

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Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Of course not!

As a power users, I don't use a computer like a new comer. I use advanced features such as KPart/KIO and custom action menu scripts, tiling windows managing, d-bus script to connect my desktop to my apps, windows placement rules, chopped down UI to have more working space (i use only keyboard shortcut) and many other aspects. Give this to a non-technical person and he/she will be unable to do something with it. Give me a UI with 7 toolbar on the top, a status bar and pane on each side (like MS Visual Studio) and I will cry.

KDE allow me to tweak apps for my taste, and my tastes are unique. One UI can't fit all cases, you have to add some configurability to it.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/860842-gnu-linux-january-2010-des...

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tupp Member since:
2006-11-12
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

Because, as everyone knows, there's only one way to effectively use a computer. There's also only one kind of user, with a fixed set of needs that never changes.

Sane defaults are great, but forcing everyone to use the computer in a single way is... shortsighted.

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asdf Member since:
2009-09-23

Every checkbox is a failure on the part of the developer.


Yeah, and extremists are idiots. Even computers haven't been seeing the world that black and white for about three decades now. Add at least some shades of gray into your head. It has 'gray' matter for a reason, you know.

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