“There is going to be a crowd that is just too cool to use something that looks really slick and there is nothing we can do for them.”, said Mark Shuttleworth.
There are two things wrong with that,
- Mark Shuttleworth does not get to define what looks slick to me nor anyone else, and
- fortunately users have other choices and will make those choices.
Clearly, “slick” on a smart phone and “slick” on a wide-screen monitor with accelerated mouse are totally different concepts. We are naturally tactile and can use our fingers but the best tool for the job is often not a finger. It is fine to use one code for all devices. It is not OK to use one user-interface for all devices. I want a keyboard for everything, even a smart phone. Others may have tiny fingers and sharp eyes and never want to use a keyboard. I want an accelerated mouse to pick out fine details on a cluttered desktop without me having to use too many calories. I am right-handed. It makes a lot of sense to me to have windows controls at the top-right of windows. It makes sense for me to have windows (you know, rectangular regions of the screens reacting with some process, and I do have a ton of processes running).
Shuttleworth, don’t be stupid. Admit that diversity is a good thing and live with it or you will soon be obsolete like that other OS.
My Desktop. It’s messy, but it’s mine, all mine and you cannot have it without using XFCE4.