Some rant about desktops, evolution and everything..
I have been asking myself numerous times before: what does we miss to have the best Desktop? No matter if it runs Windows, or Mac, or Linux, or anything else.
And the answer I have for myself is that we are limited by the fact that we know what should one expect from his average desktop.
So, what do we know about it?
Well, the de-facto standard for the desktops includes a integrated environment, standardized appearance across all the applications, ability to quickly launch applications and switch between them, possibility of working with many documents easily… Possibility to easily work on different types of documents, graphical applications, use the resources located in some distant place over the world-wide network. And all the other small things that became so tightly integrated into our lives that we cannot imagine a computer without that.
And now, most desktop environments and desktop projects have it. We have it in Windows. We have it in Mac. We have it in Ubuntu, Fedora, SuSE, Mandriva (or better – in Gnome, KDE, XFCE and other desktop environments).