[clug-talk] Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?
john_e_jardine at spamcop.net
Tue Jun 23 06:29:40 PDT 2009
On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 00:37 -0600, Gustin Johnson wrote:
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> Shawn wrote:
> > Bruce Byfield has an article up that explores the current state of the
> > desktop and poses the question in this messages subject.
> > http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/12068_3826171_1/Does-the-Linux-Desktop-Innovate-Too-Much.htm
> > It's an interesting read, and has a wide range of comments as well.
> I could not finish reading all the comments. This is one of those
> topics I avoid because I just end up angry. There are lots of loud
> opinions by people who have no effing clue what they are talking about.
> I also know that I don't know what I am talking about in this realm.
> What I do know is that the current paradigm is broken. If I knew how to
> fix it I would. I am hopeful that projects like KDE4 and Sugar have the
> courage to innovate based on studying how humans actually work, but for
> right now we will have to suffer under the tyranny of the typewriter and
> the TV.
> > What do you think? Is the desktop development moving too fast? What is
> > YOUR vision for a desktop 10 years from now?
> My vision for 10 years is that there is no desktop. Seriously, the
> 1970s called, they want their clunky and inefficient human to computer
> interface back. If we are very lucky, 10 years from now people will
> wonder just what we were thinking. The real revolution will begin once
> we figure out how to actually use a computer.
> I suspect that gestures and or touch will dominate and mice will be as
> quaint as a rotary telephone. There will likely always be some sort of
> pen for the artists, various musical interfaces that mimic actual
> instruments (these won't be needed but many like me will take a while to
> leave those particular interfaces behind), but for most the traditional
> UI will likely disappear, replaced by speech and gestures.
I'm not sold on that vision. There is a difference between data
manipulation, which don't need to be done via command line. What
doesn't work there is data entry in all it's various forms - so how do
you enter your info into a zone file without your keyboard?
> That last bit was just pure imagination. I don't really have a clue
> about this stuff. I would ask the people who are actually working on
> this stuff.
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