Re: Gnome2: Why UI change? ( or why a Gnome user since 1.0 is con templating leaving)

On Wed, 2002-02-27 at 10:14, Gerald Henriksen wrote:
> Actually, it won't be.  While my planning up to this point has been to
> use Gnome/GTK I will now be switching to KDE.  I don't really want to
> but a consistent UI and a developer team that doesn't change things by
> 180 degrees are more important than my preference for GTK.

Dude I don't want to stop this thread - I'm finding it interesting and
informative so keep posting. However bear in mind that the people of who
get to decide stuff about Gnome are the contributers (hackers,
documenters, artists, admins, etc). If your not one of those people then
your influence is the same as mine (i.e. none) - 'threats' to defect to
KDE are pointless.

My opinion is that you're making a mountain out of a molehill - any
problems will a bump in the road as people learn the new UI. I would be
surprised if people based the choice of desktop or even less
applications on the position of dialog buttons alone (with the exception
of you).

Plus who knows - when Gnome2 is released and gets glowing reviews for
it's (self)consistent UI then KDE might just switch too :)

> Gnome2, by reversing the order of the buttons, is causing the problem.
> All the other applications available for Linux (Gnome1, KDE, Motif,
> Java) all use the "windows" ordering of buttons.
> I am sure Microsoft is going to love this, they will demonstrate to
> people a machine running a Gnome2 app and a KDE app and say buy
> Windows instead where you can actually get a consistent (reasonably)
> UI.

Microsoft's FUD machine will always find things to use, whether they are
true or irrelevant or whatever - to base a projects development roadmap
on what MS *might* use in FUD is sheer madness. Besides they have plenty
of UI stupidity of their own,

You could argue that one possible axis of attack MS takes is that open
source just copies rather than innovates* in which case we should all
get behind these innovative UI change.


* this is not true and is the pot calling the kettle black, but that
wouldn't stop a PR firm using it.

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