Why the Classical Desktop is Obsolete

For years, the classical desktop has been the main interface for interacting with computers. Consisting of a menu, a panel, and an area to display widgets and open windows, its main virtue was originally its easy access to applications and files. It remains popular today, featured in at least five of the seven major Linux desktop environments. Increasingly, though, it is becoming inefficient — a trend that is not helped helped by experimental designs that decrease access to resources rather than increasing it.