The user revolts against KDE 4, Gnome 3, and Unity have left desktop Linux developers with a fear...
The user revolts against KDE 4, Gnome 3, and Unity have left desktop Linux developers with a fear of innovation, exactly when that’s what’s needed.
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People are comfortable with the windows paradigm. A default folder (the desktop) to dump shit in that you are going to put off cleaning up for years, a panel for open apps and some shortcuts to often used apps, a spot to control devices and what not ("system tray" in windows) and a hamburger menu (panel menu/start menu). Side note: this is the only place I've ever found a hamburger menu work well.
If you ask me this is a balance between having found optimum workflow for average people decades ago and just plain complacency. I personally do use a very conventional setup because it works and I'm used to it.
Linux did some additions right. Workspaces, additional panels, some bling and compositing, minimal shit in the "tray", and a default run/find dialog in the menu.
I don't think the problem is so much complacency as it is innovation for the sake of innovation (which is not innovation at all, just meddling). If someone can come up with a radically different UI paradigm for a desktop that functions easier than the existing one for most people, I think it would get wider adoption. But Unity and Gnome 3 aren't it. So far the things that catch on most are small improvements and feature additions as well as options for customization so that people can get those other features they like. And that is because it works well. Why reinvent the wheel unless you have something much better?
I really like things that are minimalist, fast and resource-efficient.
So Windows has always been far from my machine. I don't understand how people can use Windows. The name of this wilderness, shouldn't be windows, but wagon.