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X11, Window Managers Tango is a project to create a new icon theme for all f.d.o-compatible DEs, using a standard style guide. Regarding the BetterDesktop, there are over 200 usability test videos in ogg and mpeg format.
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Reality Check
by Mystilleef on Mon 10th Oct 2005 18:48 UTC
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2005-06-29

I have to mock the individuals who say Linux is not ready for the desktop. If you haven't watched the usability videos, please do so. Very interesting stuff. And for all those who says GNOME folks are wasting their time on usability, simplicity and ease of use, well, the videos will prove you wrong. One lady couldn't figure out how to change the desktop on KDE. Now that's sad. All in all the videos are revealing and they seperate the myths from reality.

I'm glad because whenever the "Linux is not ready for desktop" articles and trolls appear on osnews, I have a repository of videos at my disposal to baptize their ignorance.

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RE: Reality Check
by on Mon 10th Oct 2005 19:33 in reply to "Reality Check"
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I think all the usability tests were done using gnome, if I'm not mistaken. Are you talking about the one mac lady who tried clicking on a picture of the control panel?

-bytecoder

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RE[2]: Reality Check
by Mystilleef on Mon 10th Oct 2005 19:39 in reply to "RE: Reality Check"
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There are a few done using KDE, I can't remember which link it is. I think it is in the changing the wallpaper section.

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RE: Reality Check
by Vanders on Tue 11th Oct 2005 07:00 in reply to "Reality Check"
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2005-07-06

There is a huge difference between "Linux is ready for the desktop" and "GNOME/KDE are ready for the desktop". The usability videos do not show Linux being used; they show GNOME and KDE.

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RE: Reality Check
by renox on Tue 11th Oct 2005 21:10 in reply to "Reality Check"
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2005-07-06

>I have to mock the individuals who say Linux is not ready for the desktop.
OK, let's see a configuration I had to do: I have a QWERTY keyboard and I want to use the right Win key as a 'compose key' to make French accent, how do I do?

Answer: I spent two who days on the net trying to find correct documentation, doesn't find anything remotely understandable and everything in English of course, I finaly gave up and used the AltGr key instead.
When I used KDE to change it, sometimes the keyboard configuration didn't change as expected, so finally I added a line directly XF86Config and restarted X.

Quite often, the icons disappear (about one time per month), sometimes the process which lock my station has a problem and I have to kill it otherwise only the commandline works to lock the station, the GUI does not.
This is with a fully patched RHE3.

Is-it usable as a desktop? Yes, I'm using it.
Is-it a good desktop? No!
Frankly having a process as simple as the lock which is buggy..
Is-it stable?
Not really: the Java plugin crash the PC sometimes (and yes I need it for my work, stupid Java web interfaces), granted this is Sun's fault not Linux's fault, but nonetheless this is *very* annoying.

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RE: Reality Check
by on Wed 12th Oct 2005 14:49 in reply to "Reality Check"
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I checked the 3 largest files in the wallpaper section (because I assume the person who failed would play around longer than those who didn't) and all of them are Gnome. So I call bullshit on your claim until you provide us with a link

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RE[2]: Reality Check
by Mystilleef on Wed 12th Oct 2005 16:11 in reply to "RE: Reality Check"
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2005-06-29

http://betterdesktop.ximian.com/video/changedesktopbackground/Subje...

There are more. If only you'd actually download and watch them.

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