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 Linux desktop doesn't look that different than Windows 7, or OS/2 2.x or Mac OS classic or AmigaOS.

It is called the 'Desktop Metaphor' for a reason. Besides that - xorg isn't the real culprit behind the gazillion toolkits found in software today (proprietary and FLOSS alike).

I'll go as far as claiming the X-server is a Good Thing. The large number of toolkits have nothing to do with the X-server or any particular implementation of it.

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