Posted by: Anonymous
on May 24, 2008 02:48 AM
Personally I think the Win95 user interface was pretty darn good. I'm not joking. It has all the essential features; it's consistent and straightforward to learn, understand and use; it's very fast; and it doesn't have a lot of dumb clutter and distractions.
Everything Microsoft has done to it since, in Win98 (Active Desktop), WinXP (Playskool), and Vista (animation, jiggling, transparency), has only served to ruin it more and more, making it more bloated and harder to use.
The first thing I do on every Windows machine I have to use is turn off as many of the UI bells & whistles as possible. It's a pain in the butt, and the result is still never as clean or snappy as Win95.
I'd be very happy to have a perfect clone of the Win95 desktop on my Linux machines. And that's the *only* Microsoft-esque thing I'd *ever* want on my Linux machines!