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 frderi
by frderi on Mon 7th Nov 2011 10:34 UTC
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It looks like Gnome is heading towards a tablet world.

There have been voices in the Linux world for a more consistent design approach. Not only in terms of UI, but also on the API level. While I use a lot of GPL software myself, More than often, I look at it as a means, not as an end. GNU/Linux fits the description "enabler of product" more than it resembles an actual product.

Maybe thats why Linux as such never got a real foothold in the desktop space, I don't know.

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