Posted by: Anonymous
on September 02, 2008 12:28 AM
""However, the great majority of desktop users enjoy glossy, flashy and easy-to-use environments.""
Err, no. A small number of users called developers and tweakers, do, everyone else just wants something simple because they launch the program they turned the computer on for as soon as the DE finishes loading. Face it, 'eye candy' appeals to people who don't use a DE for it's intended purposes. Mostly to people who just like to play with computers and discover more and more eye candy SFX than actually use the computer. This kind of answers the question why Linux doesn't take more of a desktop share. Most people use the computer as a means of solving a task, and not using it for the sake of using one, as I think many Linux fans might do. The point is that GNOME and KDE could have done wonders by refining GnoRPM or KPackage (RPM installers that come with modern distros are awful, awful, awful and Linux still lacks a good GUI). KDE 4 should have the ability to change colours like KDE 3 does. It's such a basic feature. Windows could do it back in 1995. Keyboard shortcuts might be useful too. It's all well and good to try and make a glossy DE, but having Photoshop and Counter strike and the ability to easily install software on Linux on a simple IceWM Desktop is going to be far more appealing than tranparent and wobbling windows on a machine that can't run Photoshop.
Lastly, KDE 4 will become the default desktop for a lot of new distros and as such, most people won't be able to revert to KDE 3.x (it's not easy to do)