OS Themes Are Only Skin Deep

“What advocates of ‘theme’ or ‘skinning’ software fail to realize is that OS consistency is only truly realized when an entire platform is universally similar. As computers continue to dominate an increasing number of daily activities, it is ever more important that operating systems adopt the most idealistic standards to allow their users to be as productive as possible. In the world of user interface design, consistency is king. A consistent user interface not only can make a product more intuitive, but also can help users be significantly more productive. Unfortunately, the latest trend in ‘user-friendliness’ is allowing users to modify the interface of an operating system extensively by applying ‘skins’ or ‘themes.'” Read the interesting analysis on the phenomenon of skinning at OSOpinion.

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