I just don’t like the look of most Open Source products!

I just finished to install the latest Ubuntu desktop beta and it is always the same. I don’t like the look. Fonts are too big and so on. The same goes for OO and Symphony and other products. I just don’t like the look of them. I don’t want to fiddle around with settings until it looks a bit better.
The darn things do not look a lot better then what run on Windows 3.


Mac is the best but it could be even better. Windows is better then all the Linux desktops I looked at.
Couldn’t somebody just take the time to build a real nice Linux desktop with some new ideas instead of adding features nobody needs?
If I could, I would. But until I get the grips how to do it, my design would be old again. Or probably not, since we haven’t made a lot of progress in the last twenty years in desktop design.

PS: I am a fan of Linux … as a server.

4 Gedanken zu „I just don’t like the look of most Open Source products!“

  1. Well that is the problem with Open Source! It’s not really funded and if it is it’s usually not a priority for the company because it is free. I personally like Open Office, I think its very usable and looks fine. As far as operating systems, I agree. I have tried Linux as my primary desktop 3 different times in my career and they all failed within a month.

  2. I agree! I think iOS has the best new GUI paradigm, but it doesn’t really work for general use desktop. Is there nothing out there except mouse+arrow+box? The movie „Johnnie Mnemonic“ shows a scene with a 3d fully immersive virtual interface. Excellently done and would be a very good direction.

  3. So what would make it look better, beyond a smaller default font size? Ubuntu has a new font commissioned from the Dalton Maag type foundry. It was exhibited in the London design museum recently http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2011/shape-my-language – it is a major project covering a large number of languages, I doubt there is a more well funded font project short of Arial.
    I know the Unity interface in Ubuntu Natty is a big departure from other user interfaces, and not everyone likes it, but I think it counts as a new idea!

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