OSNews compares Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix’s KDE and Gnome. Eugenia Loli-Queru’s conclusion: “I much prefer overall the Windows XP experience with a close second the ones of MacOSX and BeOS. In fact, a Desktop Environment that could have the best values found on these three operating systems, plus the power of Unix underneath, would make my utopian desktop environment.”
There is definite room for innovation on the desktop. Little has changed for most users in the past decade. The focus should be on (a) targeting new users (b) learning from video games to create more interactive interfaces (c) having a digital dashboard to integrate all the information flowing in.