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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Neolander
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2010-03-08

Hit the nail on the head. With disk space as abundant as it is today, app encapsulation is the way to go.

Actually, the overall layers of userland libraries need to first be better defined. When it comes to e.g. graphics and multimedia libraries there is no standard base. So it's an all-or-nothing approach--every library depends on every other library all the way down to the core of the system. So it makes app encapsulation quite a bit more difficult.

You mean like the all-in-one bundles you see on OSX ? I *heavily* disagree with that. I offered a pen tablet to my girlfriend for Christmas, which came in a bundle with a photoshop elements licence. I discovered that there was no DVD in the box, it was available for download only. I then said "well, no issue". That's what I thought. But downloading 2 GB of data over a crappy Wi-fi network is a pure nightmare. After the third time the download stopped without a warning one hour after the beginning and refused to restart except by re-downloading from byte 0, I just gave up and teached her how to use GIMP, even though the OSX version belongs to the hall of shame of most crappy software ports in my opinion. Software packages are *much* easier to download when they're small.

Edited 2010-06-19 09:38 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Yea Gimp in OSX sucks, use Seashore.

But I would fix her wifi or plug into lan since Photoshop Elements is worth the download.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Yea Gimp in OSX sucks, use Seashore.

Well, maybe will advice her to try that, though it seems a bit too primitive in some areas at first sight (does it support brush dynamics and tablet pressure ? My girlfriend extensively uses her tablet for painting purposes, so lack of it is a showstopper. Plus the UI looks easy to learn, but not very powerful for everyday use, since we don't have a powerful docking system like that from GIMP and PS which allows one to have everything available at first/second sight).

But I would fix her wifi or plug into lan since Photoshop Elements is worth the download.

I tried my best for the wifi, but her house is one of the sole places which manage to make me hate computer networks even more than I usually do.

Let's quickly picture the setup : on ground level, there's the router/modem, which can't be moved, along with a computer which is close to permanently used by her little brothers. On first floor, just above, another computer is connected by wifi to said router. Her room is on the opposite side of the house, on first floor too.

The issue is that there's very, *very* thick walls in there. You put a wifi G router on one side, you can't detect the tiniest bit of signal on the other side. I had to hack an artisanal repeater myself with a WRT54G and install it before she could even grab some signal and painfully manage to watch Youtube in her room. CPL wouldn't work either, because the first floor, where her room is located, is on a separate electric circuit. Making LAN reach her room would require at least 100 meters of wire, and her parents are not all for letting me drill a few holes in the floor and the walls, though they accepted to pay for the WRT54G plus a small fee for my work in lunch vouchers. She obviously doesn't want to leave her computer next to the brother's computer.

Plus, if I remember well, we had to download the software in the week following registration. And I can't find anymore where customers can find their software bundle on Wacom's website. At the time, I just copy-pasted some random URL which was mentioned on the various pieces of paper bundled with the tablet.

Edited 2010-06-19 21:10 UTC

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