Linked by Allen Boyles on Mon 7th Nov 2011 09:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces In the commercial software world, user interfaces are generally designed by one group. Like Microsoft for Windows or Apple for Mac OS. Those desktop environments were designed by one company who did things like user testing and statistical analysis to try and make the desktop they thought would work best. Linux is different. Large groups definitely DO perform user testing and statistical analysis, but one group can also say "Here's what we want" and, if they have the ability to code it, their idea comes into being. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it. Linux lets people create what they want. If you don't like what's out there, fork it! Or start from scratch! You're in control!
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Comment by moondevil
by moondevil on Mon 7th Nov 2011 10:09 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I have been using Linux since the early days where twm was the only option. Since then I have used:

- FVWM (the original one, not the new one with the same name)
- FVWM 2
- AfterStep
- WindowMaker
- Enlightment
- GNOME
- KDE

I remember spending endless hours customizing my environment to feel just right.

Nowadays I use mostly Windows (XP and 7) as my main desktop with Linux mostly on the serve side, and I hardly care about desktop configuration as long as it works and some minimal configuration is available.

And I belong to the ones that think GNOME 3 is actually nice to use.

EDIT: copy-paste error

Edited 2011-11-07 10:09 UTC

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RE: Comment by moondevil
by No it isnt on Mon 7th Nov 2011 14:16 in reply to "Comment by moondevil"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I like Gnome 3, too. And I use KDE4 pretty much with no customisations apart from turning off the maximise-by-accidentally-moving-a-window-to-top-of-the-screen malfeature. I think spending hours configuring a desktop shell is something you do when you're learning a new system and obsess over the new shiny and, i.e. something you do when you're young -- or if you have highly specialised needs and use either huge or many or very small screens.

Being able to do something doesn't mean you automatically bother doing it.

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RE[2]: Comment by moondevil
by phoenix on Wed 9th Nov 2011 05:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by moondevil"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I like Gnome 3, too. And I use KDE4 pretty much with no customisations apart from turning off the maximise-by-accidentally-moving-a-window-to-top-of-the-screen malfeature.


And for me, that "malfeature" is the most used feature of the new Kwin. With a dual-monitor setup, it's the most handy way of moving a maximised app between screens (for me). Grab the title bar on screen 1, move app to top of screen 2, release. Also use the "move app to side of screen to "maximise vertically, and use half-screen horizontally" a lot.

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RE: Comment by moondevil
by leos on Mon 7th Nov 2011 17:09 in reply to "Comment by moondevil"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I remember spending endless hours customizing my environment to feel just right.

Nowadays I use mostly Windows (XP and 7) as my main desktop with Linux mostly on the serve side, and I hardly care about desktop configuration as long as it works and some minimal configuration is available.


Same here. Desktop customization and tinkering is a phase. I did it with Windows (Litestep!), then every window manager under the sun in Linux. Now I'm using a Mac and Windows 7.
It's a great experience to go through that phase and learn all sorts of things about how software works when you're young. Eventually you grow out of it and you just want the computer to get out of your way.

Edited 2011-11-07 17:13 UTC

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RE: Comment by moondevil
by rycamor on Tue 8th Nov 2011 15:09 in reply to "Comment by moondevil"
rycamor Member since:
2005-07-18

I still use Windowmaker almost exclusively, even though it is old. That's because it is both simple and customizable. I don't take endless hours. I have a small set of customizations I do to a new Windowmaker install which take about 10 minutes using the graphical tool (a few preferences, a few keyboard shortcuts), and then I get the fastest, simplest and most usable desktop I have been able to find.

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