Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:03 UTC, submitted by Rohan Pearce
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I recently got to spend some time with MeeGo, an Intel-sponsored Linux distribution designed for netbooks and other mobile devices (such as Nokia's extra-geeky N900 smartphone). I tested MeeGo on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook and I was extremely impressed.
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what a bad UI
by marcp on Sun 20th Jun 2010 05:28 UTC
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

I'm sorry to say, but I just can't stand these 'minimalistic', childish interfaces that most of the netbook OSs seem to have.
I was the owner of Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and I bought only to have a smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus.
I didn't buy it to use it as a calculator on the steroids ... really.

Edited 2010-06-20 05:29 UTC

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RE: what a bad UI
by vivainio on Sun 20th Jun 2010 06:28 in reply to "what a bad UI"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


I didn't buy it to use it as a calculator on the steroids ... really.


Actually, these interfaces (at least the meego one) expose more power than typical gnome desktop. What you are missing out on is moving windows around - and is that really something you want to do on a netbook?

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RE[2]: what a bad UI
by marcp on Sun 20th Jun 2010 07:05 in reply to "RE: what a bad UI"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

You know, I would reply with the question: "would you accept this kind of UI on your regular PC or notebook?"

It might be the matter of taste only, but I also think that this UI is not a functional one. Huge buttons layout takes much of the netbook's screen tiny space.

Anyways - I just prefer to have things organized in my way, and just like in any other PC I use - whether it's notebook or netbook. For the same reason I can't accept most palmtop's UI's, like iPhone, Android, etc.

Regards

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RE: what a bad UI
by lemur2 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 09:39 in reply to "what a bad UI"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm sorry to say, but I just can't stand these 'minimalistic', childish interfaces that most of the netbook OSs seem to have.
I was the owner of Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and I bought only to have a smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus.
I didn't buy it to use it as a calculator on the steroids ... really.


To create a workable "smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus" on a typical 1024x600 netbook screen, where vertical screen pixels are at a premium, I found that the best solution was to simply move the KDE4 panel to the left-hand edge of the screen.

like so:
http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/?Qwd=./KDE4_desktop&Qif=kubuntu_lu...

That screenshot isn't from a netbook, but I have set up my netbook in the same way as this.

With multiple desktops, right-click-on-desktop for menu, desktop cube, classic style for the menu button, present windows selected for window switching, and a quicklaunch set of icons set up in the panel, this desktop UI setup very quickly and easily brings a "smaller version of notebook with all of its normal features, like regular desktop and menus" to the netbook.

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RE[2]: what a bad UI
by spiderman on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:59 in reply to "RE: what a bad UI"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

I believe the problem is not just the task bar but also the window title bars/borders. This is why I use awesome on my netbook and will probably try MeeGo when it works on Mandriva. Moving windows around with a touchpad on a 8.9' 1024x600 display is like hitting nails with a broom. Awesome is awesome on the netbook. Just use the keyboard to move windows around and don't waste space with window borders/titles.

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RE: what a bad UI
by Stephen! on Sun 20th Jun 2010 16:02 in reply to "what a bad UI"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

I'm sorry to say, but I just can't stand these 'minimalistic', childish interfaces that most of the netbook OSs seem to have.


It seems to have worked for Microsoft with XP

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