Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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But you don't have to open the Finder to launch an App. It's certainly an option, but here's a small sample of the different ways to do it:

* Click the App's Dock icon
* Press Cmd+Spacebar and type the App's name, press Return
* Click the Applications Stack in the Dock, click the App's icon
* Open Finder, type the App's name in the search bar, press Return
* Open Finder, click Applications in the sidebar, double-click the App's icon
* Create an Alias to the Desktop, double-click the Alias
* Open the terminal, type the App's name and press Return

That's not all of the ways, but I think it's most of them.

Now, let's look at a standard Ubuntu install:

* Click the Applications menu, click the correct category for the app, click the app's name
* Press Alt+F2, type the app's name, press Enter
* Create a .desktop file for the app, place in the Desktop directory, double-click the icon
* Drag the icon to the Panel, click the icon
* Open Terminal, type the app name, press Enter
* Open Nautilus, navigate to the /usr/bin or /opt folder where the binary file is located, double-click the binary file
* ...and so on

They sound pretty similar to me.

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:30 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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I don't use GNOME, and the moment I started to understand the OS in a fundamental way, I found it restrictive and insulting. I used KDE for a while, then realised I was manually tiling my windows, and hopped tiling window managers for a while.

The most approachable system for launching an application is through a hierarchal menu, followed by universal search. Why followed by? because universal search often feeds you garbage first.

The fact that they've never adopted any kind of menu is just freakish to me. I don't know it, I don't like how it works.
It's not for me. Please don't start doing what the weirdos who brought this up to me afk did, and start extolling the virtues of OS X, and telling me my opinion is invalid...

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RE[9]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:37 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Kroc"
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I never implied your opinion was invalid; indeed, I'm one of those rare people who respect the fact that we all have different opinions. It's one of the things that make us Man rather than Beast.

I'm also not extolling the virtues of OS X; rather my post was an observation of the similarities (and complexities) of launching apps in Linux and OS X. I happen to feel differently from you regarding menus; I've never liked the Windows/Gnome/KDE way of presenting apps. Though I will say, I prefer Gnome/KDE's Category > App paradigm to Windows' Publisher > App mess.

I much prefer the Dock paradigm, though I think the freeware Docks available in Windows and the F/OSS ones available in Linux are much more powerful and flexible than the OS X Dock. That, along with the Finder, are two major areas that I hope Apple fixes for Lion.

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