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Keyboard-Driven Environments Open a New Window on the Desktop

Jun 04, 2007, 06:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"If you use a traditional desktop like GNOME or KDE, a keyboard-controlled desktop with a minimum of utilities may seem like stepping back 10 or 15 years in the history of interface design. Why bother, when traditional desktops are easy to use and RAM and disk space are so cheap nowadays?

"Admittedly, minimalist desktops are not for everyone, especially since learning to navigate them takes time. However, if you try a minimalist desktop long enough to become comfortable with it, you may start to question the design assumptions behind its mainstream rivals. You might even come to value the minimalist approach for its own sake..."

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