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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rip-off Mac OS X!
by sergio on Sat 19th Jun 2010 02:19 UTC
sergio
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2005-07-06

Apple spends tons of money on usability, designers, GUI I+D and so on... Linux desktops must reimplement Mac OS X desktop. That's all.

Please Linux developers/vendors... don't waste precious resources reinventing the wheel. Just rip Apple off!!

Edited 2010-06-19 02:21 UTC

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RE: rip-off Mac OS X!
by Neolander on Sat 19th Jun 2010 03:53 in reply to "rip-off Mac OS X!"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Apple spends tons of money on usability, designers, GUI I+D and so on... Linux desktops must reimplement Mac OS X desktop. That's all.

Errr... No. Really, no.

Had Apple spent much on usability and GUI, they wouldn't have rolled out horrors like the Dock, application-centric window management on a single virtual desktop, and the Finder.

If desktop Linux distros start to mimick OSX, I'll consider that the Linux desktop has failed to deliver an interesting product, and just go back to Windows and say goodbye to easy development. Or go arcane and try my best to get used to Haiku. OSX is far from being wondrous in terms of user interface, that's one of the reasons why I'm not using it.

Edited 2010-06-19 03:55 UTC

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RE[2]: rip-off Mac OS X!
by nt_jerkface on Sat 19th Jun 2010 04:11 in reply to "RE: rip-off Mac OS X!"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

OSX is far from being wondrous in terms of user interface, that's one of the reasons why I'm not using it.


I don't like it either. It's ok if you just launch a few programs but switching through a dozen programs in the dock gets annoying. The other issue I have with OSX is that it doesn't make proper use of the right mouse button.

I think a better strategy for the Linux desktop would be to build around a cross development platform (Qt) to attract developers. People turn on a computer to use applications, not screw with the UI. Distros need to work to make life easier for cross-platform, proprietary developers. Stallman's plan of having the people's army code everything has been a failure.

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