[ubuntu-art] From the Fedora User to the Ubuntu Art Team: Here's your big competition...

Troy James Sobotka troy.sobotka at gmail.com
Thu Sep 14 04:26:24 BST 2006

On Wed, 2006-13-09 at 21:33 +0100, Toby Smithe wrote:
>  I just don't like the glossy unity in SuSE and Fedora Core.

A tad 90's would be a good way to describe it.
Vista is well on its way to releasing itself right
into that has-been pile.

Both Apple and Microsoft have built their market
around the belief that the computer is a gadget,
a sheik item, a commodity, a luxury item, etc.

It seems to me that while both could be given 
accolades regarding their approach for any given
design point, it is over.  

The computer is far more than a trivial item these
days.  It runs government.  It allows people to 
communicate with family across the world.  It 
is science, education, philosophy, music, and a 
plethora of other things far more 'human' than any
piece of technology out there.

The plastic bubblewrapped era of operating systems
is over.

> and having everything with the same theme is a bit boring and
> shows a lack of inspiration to me.

I think this is a delicate line to walk.  Indeed, when
someone simply mimics the same image repeatedly, it
grows rather tedious.  That said, if a design is built
around solid principles and motifs, generally those
elements can be 'rephrased' a number of ways with 
particular attention to the item they are currently
representing.  Unfortunately, we have a long way to
go in this respect regarding our system, but I believe
that we can evolve in that direction in the future.


PS:  Regarding the topic -- the www.distrowatch.org
popularity chart would seem to indicate that indeed
it is Fedora that has some rather 'big' competition.

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