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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RE: Comment by moondevil
by leos on Mon 7th Nov 2011 17:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by moondevil"
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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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