Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 16:10 UTC, submitted by Sin2x
Gnome Linus Torvalds piped up in the comments of a Google+ posting by Linux kernel hacker Dave Jones to air his true feelings about Gnome 3: "it's not that I have rendering problems with gnome3 (although I do have those too), it's that the user experience of Gnome3 even without rendering problems is unacceptable." People care what Linus thinks, and when he ditched KDE for Gnome a couple of years ago, people took note. Now he's using Xfce.
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Year of the Linux desktop
by arokh on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 17:06 UTC
arokh
Member since:
2008-01-29

Anyone remember this phrase? A very common saying about 10 years ago. Now a decade later, KDE and GNOME are still going their separate ways, unable to agree on anything. People at Ubuntu are obviously smoking crack, thinking that "Unity" has a future.

It seems like Linux actually managed to take a step back in regards to the desktop.

The KDE devs don't know how to design good user interfaces. To them, number of features and buttons equals quality. Their UI design is ugly as well, looks like something made for kids. What's with those huge ugly icons in the panel? They look just like they did in 1999.

GNOME used to have potential back when they tried hard to mimic OSX. With 3.0 they have completely changed direction and while it does have some potential, using it feels very unnatural, even after a while.

In my opinion these two projects need to try harder to mimic the desktops of the two companies that dominate the market, Apple and Microsoft. The Linux desktop will never be a game changer, and they will always lag behind. Trying to reinvent the desktop has failed, time to copy someone who knows what they are doing.

Linus jumping from desktop to desktop is a good example of what I'm saying. None of the desktops are good overall. They do some things right but they all seem to be developed with developers in mind and not real users.

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RE: Year of the Linux desktop
by _txf_ on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 17:44 in reply to "Year of the Linux desktop"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17


The KDE devs don't know how to design good user interfaces. To them, number of features and buttons equals quality. Their UI design is ugly as well, looks like something made for kids. What's with those huge ugly icons in the panel? They look just like they did in 1999.

That used to be true. How long has it been since you used KDE?


GNOME used to have potential back when they tried hard to mimic OSX. With 3.0 they have completely changed direction and while it does have some potential, using it feels very unnatural, even after a while.


It might have started out with that intent, but GNOME2 in the end is quite a bit different to osx.

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RE: Year of the Linux desktop
by livingdots on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 18:33 in reply to "Year of the Linux desktop"
livingdots Member since:
2005-07-12

The KDE devs don't know how to design good user interfaces. To them, number of features and buttons equals quality. Their UI design is ugly as well, looks like something made for kids. What's with those huge ugly icons in the panel? They look just like they did in 1999.


Screenshot of a standard desktop KDE 4.7:

http://kde.org/announcements/4.7/screenshots/plasma.png

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slipwalker Member since:
2011-05-17

is it "post your desktop's screenshot" week already ? whooohooo !!!

http://oi54.tinypic.com/2z4ck6q.jpg

/*
i refrained from screenshooting my wallpaper, since it might be considered NSFW, and the I/O is caused by a DVD-burning on background
*/

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Oh yes ... the KDE devs still don't understand the idea of contrast in design ...

The task bar is barely readable. Slightly Dark grey on medium grey ... seriously?

Edited 2011-08-03 20:26 UTC

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RE: Year of the Linux desktop
by boudewijn on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 18:36 in reply to "Year of the Linux desktop"
boudewijn Member since:
2006-03-05

"Now a decade later, KDE and GNOME are still going their separate ways, unable to agree on anything."

Actually, and stripped of your hyperbole, KDE and GNOME have agreed on a whole lot of things.

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