Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 9th Apr 2010 10:29 UTC
Linux "To be clear about this article's intent, it's not to bash Microsoft, or Windows. Because to be fair, despite using Linux 95% of the time while I'm on the PC, I can find more faults with it than Windows. So, this article's goal is to highlight some of the major pluses of Linux, and also showcase where Windows could improve in the future, should Microsoft take heed of the suggestions."
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RE[2]: Comment by tuma324
by darknexus on Fri 9th Apr 2010 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by tuma324"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

"What are these things that Windows can do better than Linux?


Provide a consistent keyboard driven UI (really!)
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If you can say that with a straight face, you've not used Windows 7 extensively via the keyboard. Consistent is the last word I'd use to describe it. Controls and areas that were formerly simple to navigate are now a mess with the keyboard. And as for the apps themselves (Microsoft and third party)... well, let's not even go there. GNOME/GTK+ is quite a bit better in most cases (unsure about KDE). However, the only os as of yet to have true keyboard consistency across all areas of the os and 99% of applications is OS X. It operates differently from the two above mentioned, but is much nicer once you get used to it. Other oses would do well to take a leaf out of Apple's book here (wow, did I really just say that?).

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RE[3]: Comment by tuma324
by sorpigal on Fri 9th Apr 2010 22:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tuma324"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I cannot comment on win7 since I've never used it, but Prior to that keyboard navigation has been if not 100% consistent across all apps at least highly consistent across most apps and, importantly, *almost alyways possible*. GNOME has gotten a little better recently but I still see many GTK and GNOME apps where you can't actually use the keyboard for everything, sometimes inexplicably. KDE has been so-so for a long time in that most things are fine but some things just aren't.

OS X has consistent keyboard *shortcuts* but I don't think they like keyboard driven UIs and most of the rest of it sucks. Just my NSHO.

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RE[4]: Comment by tuma324
by darknexus on Fri 9th Apr 2010 22:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tuma324"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

OS X works fine from the keyboard, you just need to turn on full keyboard access either by pressing ctrl+f1 or going into system prefs -> keyboard. If you don't know that, you've obviously never even attempted to use OS X via the keyboard. On all platforms there are apps that don't integrate well and that includes the keyboard, but in general from best to worst from the point of view of a keyboard-exclusive user is: OS X, GNOME, Windows. Well, technically cli-based systems are the best for keyboard usage but I'm not really counting them here.

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