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Open-source users revolt over's ribbon-esque UI

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The open-source faithful are lambasting a proposed overhaul of's user interface, with critics saying it would "ape" Microsoft Office's controversial Ribbon layout.

Design of the new UI has been going on for the past nine months, led by's main contributor, Sun Microsystems Inc.

According to an update by Sun in July (download presentation), the still-rough overhaul aims to "create a user interface so that becomes the users' choice not only out of need but also out of desire."

Judging by the vast majority of the 500-odd comments at Sun's blog last week, the new UI caused many to recoil at its strong association with Microsoft.

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