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[8]: Sigh...
by sdeber on Thu 7th Apr 2011 05:35 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Sigh..."
sdeber
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2005-07-06

Most people are capable of multitasking. They're just bad at it.


OK, but who cares? Smoking is bad, but people still smoke, drinking is bad, but people still get drunk. Loud noise is bad, but people still "rock-and-roll". Speeding is bad, people still speed. Why? because it makes people FEEL better. The same applies here. We are not talking about rocket science here, it is more about feeling. All we want is just comfort, and we do feel more comfortable when we do multitasking. That is it.

I don't really understand these designers. I think they should adopt a "no-policy, only mechanism" approach. They should only offer tools which are "primitive" enough so that users can use them to implement their own work flow. They are not supposed to enforce their policy.

Edited 2011-04-07 05:38 UTC

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RE[9]: Sigh...
by Mystilleef on Thu 7th Apr 2011 05:46 in reply to "RE[8]: Sigh..."
Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

Human preferences are numerous and subjective. I don't think the designers of GNOME Shell, or any good designer for that matter, believes in catering to individual preferences. After everybody's brain is mapped differently, however slight.

The objective of designers and engineers is to create the most efficient and effective way to accomplish a task. How you and I feel about it is absolutely irrelevant. We are just an amalgamation of emotions. And most of the time our emotions trump our rationality.

Mind you I don't agree with all the design choices in GNOME Shell. But I also vehemently disagree with the idea that the whole objective of software design is cater to individual preferences, yours and mine included. It isn't.

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RE[10]: Sigh...
by sdeber on Thu 7th Apr 2011 06:09 in reply to "RE[9]: Sigh..."
sdeber Member since:
2005-07-06

Human preferences are numerous and subjective. I don't think the designers of GNOME Shell, or any good designer for that matter, believes in catering to individual preferences. After everybody's brain is mapped differently, however slight.


That is why I say they have to offer more PRIMITIVE tools. They are not supposed to act like a babysitter, and we are not babies.

The objective of designers and engineers is to create the most efficient and effective way to accomplish a task.

This is not going to happen, because the nature of different tasks diverges so large that no static policy can ever be efficient. Policies for tasks have to change to fit different tasks, which is something they can never do. It is not even their business, it is the user's business.

Mind you I don't agree with all the design choices in GNOME Shell. But I also vehemently disagree with the idea that the whole objective of software design is cater to individual preferences, yours and mine included. It isn't.

Perfect! Disagreement is an extreme case of individual preference ;)

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