Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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Come on People
by jrash on Fri 18th Jun 2010 21:06 UTC
jrash
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2008-10-28

Can we come up with something besides ripping off OSX? That Screenshot looks identical to 10.6, even the icons are clones of the Mac. Apple Computer...err sorry "Apple, Inc." is not the end all of UI design. Some people don't like how the top and bottom panels work in GNOME but at least its something different from some candy coated dock that looks great for the first year and then just becomes annoying to use. (dock icons bounce in my nightmares)

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RE: Come on People
by KyleCardoza on Fri 18th Jun 2010 21:16 in reply to "Come on People"
KyleCardoza Member since:
2005-07-05

Different isn't good enough. Ultimately, I'd hope the goal is to surpass OS X, but in order to surpass it, it must first be equalled. I like global menu bars, I like application-centric window management, I like an interface that works whether you have fifteen mouse buttons or just one. On the other hand, I grant you the dock - it's a usability nightmare, drastically overdue for a ground-up rewrite.

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RE[2]: Come on People
by jrash on Fri 18th Jun 2010 21:44 in reply to "RE: Come on People"
jrash Member since:
2008-10-28

Well those features you like were different before MacOS/OSX, but at least in GNOME you can change it around somewhat and use different themes as opposed to OSX. I guess Apple no longer wants anyone to "Think Different"

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RE[2]: Come on People
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 18th Jun 2010 23:08 in reply to "RE: Come on People"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Wait, are you really suggesting that in order to be better than apple, a interface must first become identical to apple?

I agree with the previous poster, that an over emphasis on recreating OSX doesn't bode well for future UI development.

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RE: Come on People
by ple_mono on Sat 19th Jun 2010 01:13 in reply to "Come on People"
ple_mono Member since:
2005-07-26

Can we come up with something besides ripping off OSX? That Screenshot looks identical to 10.6, even the icons are clones of the Mac.

It probably goes for the same look, but it's far from identical.
In any case, the elementary project is more than just about the looks - it also aims to improve some aspects of software that are ignored by upstream developers (such as with the case of nautilus). It aims at making the linux desktop refined and coherent.

The only thing keeping me from running a linux desktop is the lack of attention, polish, and elegance to UI details in the major DE's, and linux desktop applications. It seems that some linux devs (and users) don't care about such things. The elementary project does, though.

Oh, and stop focusing on the theme for gods sake.

Edited 2010-06-19 01:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Come on People
by Aristocracies on Sat 19th Jun 2010 04:01 in reply to "RE: Come on People"
Aristocracies Member since:
2010-06-15

Maybe not identical, but certainly derivative.

http://i.imgur.com/xzZwb.jpg

That's pretty bad. I'm looking to STOP using OS X in the home -- Everything at work is FBSD and Linux and I've been using FBSD since the 90s in one form or another. This is not what I want to see when I finally pull the trigger.

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