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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the bad news about Linux...
by mlankton on Mon 7th Nov 2011 12:54 UTC
mlankton
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2009-06-11

Is that it still uses X. Despite improvements, using Linux is much the same today as it was in 1998. It's not a good desktop.

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RE: the bad news about Linux...
by Sodki on Mon 7th Nov 2011 12:57 in reply to "the bad news about Linux..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Is that it still uses X. Despite improvements, using Linux is much the same today as it was in 1998. It's not a good desktop.


Please give me one single example that makes you say that the problem is X and why that wouldn't happen if we dropped X. Just one.

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mlankton Member since:
2009-06-11

dropping X would get people away from the alphabet soup of toolkits and libraries and get us out of the quiltwork mess that is the X desktop.

We've had this argument before though. I know what the arguments for sticking with X or moving to a proprietary windowing system are.

I'll stand by the claim that, to me, the Linux desktop doesn't look a whole lot different than it did 15 years ago.

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