ארכיון יומי: 8 ינואר, 2012

where have all the desktops gone ?

The title of this post inspired by Paula Cole's song title, but not because of the song itself…

In the past several years, the Unix (and mostly Linux) Desktop field started to have a lot of big changes (The ice age is over ?). The changes are so massive, that people started to immigrate from one environment to another, while companies such as MS do a lot of copy paste to specific features that invented for the Unix desktop (and then they say that Unix desktop is not very user friendly :)).

Most people does not know how to handle changes. They like the icon in the same place, and even if you move it for them only by 2 pixels to the right, it's like a new environment for them, and they do not know what to do. However the desktop changes in Unix are much bigger then moving by 2 pixels away.

Amazingly, I found myself taking the opposite direction of most Linux users today (now you understand the name of my blog ? ;)). At the year of 2,000 when I first owned my own Linux Installation -> Mandrake 7 (prior to that I used Unix's such as Solaris and IAX at work places), I could not find a good desktop environment to work with. I tried KDE 2, Gnome 1 and XFCE 3, and they sucked big time for me. Then KDE 3 came out, and later on, also Gnome 2, and then XFCE 4, and the only environment I found good enough for me was XFCE 4 (I used to work a lot with CDE on Unix), and also found out about WindowMaker (The NeXT like WM), and things was finally good for me. להמשיך לקרוא