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Re: Desktop Matchmaking in Linux Land
Posted by: Katherine Noyes 2012-07-05 06:47:40
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Well it's been a few years since Linux Girl has had the pleasure of writing about
dating in the Linux world -- always one of her favorite topics! -- but recently the topic came up again, albeit with a slight twist. Specifically, in a recent article over at Datamation, is wasn't so much human-to-human matchmaking being discussed as it was pairing of the human-to-desktop kind. Yes, that's right -- "Linux Desktops and Linux Personalities: What's Your Perfect Match?" is the title of the article by Bruce Byfield that has drawn several comparisons with the world of amour.


Re: Desktop Matchmaking in Linux Land
Posted by: herbie643 2012-08-06 16:35:06 In reply to: Katherine Noyes
Who is hairyfeet. Sounds to me like he is loverock from ZDNet. Why are you always quoting him. Is he some 'god of the gui' or something?
Why pay attention to him when the users are the ones to whom you should be listening.

time to move beyond the desktop..
Posted by: hairyfeet 2012-07-07 21:30:55 In reply to: Katherine Noyes
Everyone seems to either be going for the ancient desktop metaphor or the cell phone ripoff, but if you truly want to gain share its time for something new, maybe instead of a desktop metaphor an office metaphor instead?

Picture being able to treat the desktop wallpaper like a whiteboard, to simply write or draw on it and be able to instantly share it with those in your network or just specific people. Maybe for audio instead of sliders it would be more like a stereo, with a notched knob that would let you see at a glance what inputs and outputs were selected, and anything to do with video or pictures would be like a storyboard.

Another key change would be to remove the fear of malware by making the OS a "default deny" environment and unless specifically told not to all applications would be in sandboxes with lower rights than the user. Also make dependencies a thing of the past with something similar to OSX's .app, where they can just drag and drop it into an application folder and the OS will take care of shortcuts and the like.

I just think things could be done better if instead of just ripping off the other guy something truly new and different came along, and NO Unity is NOT new and different, its a cell phone-tablet rip just like Win 8, what we need is to throw ALL of that out and try something truly different, with a focus on easy, easy to manage, easy to use, easy to learn.
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