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Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

Jun 22, 2009, 21:06 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"For the last eighteen months, the GNU/Linux desktop has been in a period of radical innovation. KDE 4 introduced new features and workflows. Mark Shuttleworth launched Ubuntu on a unilateral redesign campaign, starting with notifications. GNOME announced a new desktop that, so far as anyone can tell, will profoundly change the user-experience."

"These innovations are likely to continue for at least another couple of release cycles, with upcoming versions of KDE scheduled to put social networking into applications and remote windows on to the desktops of passing computers."

"Yet in the middle of all these experiments, nobody seems to be asking a basic question: Does the average user want any of these things?"

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