15 minutes with the 2023 Linux DesktopJuly 5, 2023 5:59 am Leave your thoughts
Every decade or so I try out the fabled Linux Desktop to check on its progress. After reading a number of glowing comments in early 2023, I decided it’s time to give it a go again. Here is some of my 15-minute experience.
Modern software, the backbone of our digital society, is in a dire state and the popular OSes are a good example of how bad it is.
- macOS, the best OS by far, has serious issues:
- Poor keyboard accessibility – we can’t even open the Finder context menu; The Allow access to folder dialog supports Shift+Tab, but not Tab (?!)
- Marketing bullet point worthy features that are abandoned and their issues remain unfixed (QuickLook animation)
- Wildly inconsistent UI
- Telemetry up the wazoo
- Haiku OS is the most appealing one to me, but it’s nowhere near complete
- Limited software library
I installed the most popular (?) distribution, Ubuntu, on a virtual machine and examined the settings, some utilities and the built-in apps. Installation was smooth enough and generally, the system runs well. But…
Careless window layout
Apps launch with much fanfare
Visual garbage mismanagement
Do you even kern?
The known Unknown
Mo’ pixels, mo’ problems
Wall of text
At which point I gave up. Looking for help online in order to complete a basic task isn’t sound UX. What am I missing?
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