26 12 | 2011

GNOME 3 killing interface consistency

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Debian, Grumble

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.

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