Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 21:23 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Linux "Ubuntu, once the darling of desktop Linux and the overwhelmingly popular choice for newcomers, may soon lose that role to Mint." I switched to Mint KDE, and have no intention of going back. By the way, KDE4 is finally good (don't hit me, Aaron) - fast, fluid, stable, pretty, and thanks to its versatility, a joy to use after a few hours of tweaking. Just... Please, unify Plasma and the regular widget style. This is insanity.
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The underlying reasons
by thesunnyk on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:17 UTC
thesunnyk
Member since:
2010-05-21

I may not be able to say much about the data, but the sentiment of Ubuntu for me personally has turned around. After seeing the Ubuntu phone, instead of being happy I was disappointed. Not because the phone or UI is bad, but because the strategy is not one of an open source or free software project.

In the past, people used to leave when projects became stagnant. Today, it seems there's plenty of development in all of Kde, Gnome, and Unity, but a lot of this work is pissing people off.

The Unix "style" is one of careful conventions and small tools which work together. We are instead heading towards an Apple style of integrated tools, large monolithic GUIs, etc. They all advocate for operational design over elegant component architecture. All in search for a mythical grandma.

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RE: The underlying reasons
by woegjiub on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 23:25 in reply to "The underlying reasons"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Perhaps this is all because the minimalist desktop still exists, and can not really be improved upon further?
TWMs for those who prefer them, or fluxbox/openbox for those who don't, plus a plethora of console applications and a few GUI apps like Firefox and an office suite are near enough to impossible to actually improve upon.

KDE has been doing things well; tidying code, and slowly adding features. Not sure what is to complain about, except that they mismanaged the 4.0 release by not clarifying it was for developers and not end users.

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RE[2]: The underlying reasons
by thesunnyk on Fri 4th Jan 2013 05:20 in reply to "RE: The underlying reasons"
thesunnyk Member since:
2010-05-21

That's postmodernist talk! I think there's plenty of ways to improve plenty of desktop paradigms. The problem is, whenever an actual user asks for an actual feature, or asks for an actual existing feature to not be removed or anything else in the real world, they are met with mythical grandma arguments: You're not the user, the mythical grandma is the user.

Except the mythical grandma doesn't exist.

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