gwenview: user friendly?
Jan 25, 2010, 04:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Seigo)
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"Carla Schroder wrote an editorial piece this week on Linux
Today (a website I enjoy and frequent daily via their RSS feeds)
entitled Editor's Note: What is User-friendly, Really?.
"In it, Carla claims to be "90% satisfied" with KDE3 and "60%
satisfied" with KDE SC 4.3. Why? "KDE 4 sacrifices customizability
and efficiency for glitz. [...] There is a trend to dumb Linux down
in a fruitless attempt to appeal to Jane and Joe Sixpack. Which is
wasted effort, because in doing so computer-savvy users are being
ignored and frustrated, and Jane and Joe Sixpack don't care
"What's interesting about this for me is that Gwenview's
redesign wasn't to appeal to Jane and Joe Sixpack. It was to take a
powerful app with a rather clumsy UI and turn it into a powerful
app with a slick UI. Now, I don't know about you, but I like tools
that fit my hand when I use them; creating tools that fit the
tentacles of an octopus might be interesting as an academic
exercise in design, but I don't live in the ocean and I have arms
with hands, not tentacles with suction cups. Similarly, I like
slick UIs. I'm not the only one, as fans of MacOS and other nicely
designed UIs will be happy to relate."