Comme vous le savez peut-être, je maintiens un document d'auto-formation intitulé Formation Debian. Le chantier du moment, c'est donc de la mettre à jour pour la prochaine sortie de Debian Wheezy. Je voudrais donc profiter de ce travail pour énoncer le message suivant : GNOME, vous faites ch*er.
I used to recommend the GNOME desktop for simple users for two main advantages over Windows:
- the logical, automatically filled and translated applications menu (compare that to the messy Windows Programs menu…);
- the general interface consistency (compare that with Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, Avast! and each piece of crap^Wsoftware whose author believed developing yet another custom interface was the way to go).
Both points are what I call calm advantages, because users will usually enjoy them without noticing. Instead, they will enhance their experience so that they will miss them when they come back to a system which does not provide these features. In fact, being used to that, I do not really consider these points as actual advantages, but rather as a bare minimum for any decent desktop and as very important lacks of some competitors.