Writes Thomas Krul: “Linux desktop interfaces provides little that is new, and are dismissed as copies of Windows by the uneducated consumer who does not realize the value of the Linux underpinnings hidden behind the scenes. Nobody wants a copy, they want something original, and that means a radical departure from the desktop analogy.”
His call for action:
an Open Source GUI Project whose mandate is not just the emulation of Microsoft makes sense: something that not only improves the experience, not only makes processes more efficient, but adds Pleasure to the man-machine interface. The over-capacity of the modern CPU has to be made more aware of the user, and the user should find interaction with the machine to be a relationship, not a chore.
After 20 years of speed and capacity improvements, the computer just doesn’t seem any brighter or smarter than it used to. And that needs to change.
This is worth thinking about more. So far, for our Thin Client project, we’ve just looked at making it “Windows-like” with respect to the icons and the applications. But when one considers that the primary target for this solution are the “have-nots” (the ones who so far have not been exposed to computing), maybe we need to think more – there is an opportunity to re-design what the users sees and does with the computer.
One alternative is to make the Digital Dashboard as the front-end – but that is still incremental (it is a browser with three tabbed windows). Two people we should look for more inspiration: David Gelernter through his Scopeware product, and Micheal Dertouzus’ book “The Unfinished Revolution“.