Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:50 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Gnome The day is finally here, the day that the GNOME team releases GNOME 3.0, the first major revision of the GNOME project since 2002. Little of GNOME 2.x is left in GNOME 3.0, and as such, you could call it GNOME's KDE4. We're living in fortunate times, what, with two wildly divergent open source desktops.
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RE[4]: Sigh...
by dylansmrjones on Wed 6th Apr 2011 20:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sigh..."
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually you're mistaken in regard to Win2K/9X and switch to later versions. UI!=GUI.

Apart from skinning there is no particular difference between Windows 95 and Windows XP in the way you interact with the Desktop. Windows 7 is merely minor differences on that particular implementation of the Desktop Metaphor.

There is also no particularly difference for earlier versions of MS Office. Not until 2007 does anything major happen, apart from the ever creasing number of menu items and toolbar buttons.

From a UI perspective there is very little difference on the first Mac and Windows 7 or XFCE - or even KDE4. The Gnome Shell deviates strongly, and is pushing me towards KDE4, since I don't mind giving up on GTK ;)

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RE[5]: Sigh...
by tylerdurden on Wed 6th Apr 2011 21:14 in reply to "RE[4]: Sigh..."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Other than the interface being completely different, the location and behavior of the main system components in the UI being fundamentally altered. Yeah, you're right there are "minor" differences across those windows versions.

Apparently, a GUI for some people only consists of "close window" functionality, and the location of the "start" button (which actually stops the machine, but who is really paying attention).

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by seanpk on Wed 6th Apr 2011 21:46 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
seanpk Member since:
2009-11-17

indeed - between windows 95 and windows xp, the only time I noticed a difference was when I "moved backwards" and found some feature missing

MS really did do a good job evolving their UI across those releases

I found Vista and 7 to be a bigger step from XP, but not nearly as much as 3.1 to 95.

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by Neolander on Thu 7th Apr 2011 06:16 in reply to "RE[4]: Sigh..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Actually you're mistaken in regard to Win2K/9X and switch to later versions. UI!=GUI.

Apart from skinning there is no particular difference between Windows 95 and Windows XP in the way you interact with the Desktop. Windows 7 is merely minor differences on that particular implementation of the Desktop Metaphor.

Ever heard of that thing which Windows Vista called its file explorer? Or the regular mutations of the Control Panel in NT?

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by lucas_maximus on Thu 7th Apr 2011 10:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Most GUI elements in XP worked the same, Configuration Items were indeed different. However the amount of configuration in VISTA and 7 needed is far lower than Windows XP and lower.

Reorganising control panel items isn't "changing the UI".

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