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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We need two versions of Linux/*BSD UIs
by bousozoku on Fri 18th Jun 2010 23:06 UTC
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We need two versions of UIs for Linux/*BSD: one ultimate GUI for consumers who aren't going to compile anything but just want to play a few casual games, browser the web, and manipulate e-mails. We need another GUI or TUI for those who want to tinker.

The lack of a single face still confuses ordinary consumers, among other things.

It's great to see people working toward such a goal but they're not going to get far until everyone agrees. At least, the latest Ubuntu release looks appealing for the most part, so a few are blazing a trail.

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