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Weighing In on Torvalds, KDE, and GNOME

Dec 14, 2005, 16:00 (20 Talkback[s])

Free Software Magazine: Torvalds Disses GNOME and Recommends KDE

[ Thanks to Dave Guard for this link. ]

"Recently, I've been reading Don Norman's excellent book on design, The Design of Everyday Things. Norman is a guru of usability, and I'd recommend his book to anyone thinking about interfaces. What I want to discuss is not really KDE vs. GNOME, but rather the more general issue of functionality vs. usability. This issue is explored rather insightfully in Norman's book.

"To make a long story short, we should avoid either extreme. An obsession with usability tends to result (as Torvalds argues about GNOME) in a simple product without any unnecessary parts (i.e., features)..."

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Linux-Watch: Linus, KDE, and GNOME

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"'Mom! KDE and GNOME are fighting again! And Linus is taking KDE's side!'

"'If you kids don't shut up, you're going to go to bed without your supper!'

"It all started, like most family fights, with a little incident that was blown out of proportion..."

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Torvalds Re-Kindles GNOME vs. KDE(Dec 13, 2005)