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Are Linux apps crap on purpose?

Posted by cascadehush on October 19, 2006

Are linux apps the result of lazy design, the self-absorbedness of their creators or runaway group-think?

One sometimes wonders if the user interface of some Linux apps are deliberately bad. The intent being to make them in-accessable to normal computer users and thus the secret purview of an elitist club.

Given the astounding quality of some freeware/open source in the Windows and OSX worlds, I can’t help but wonder if this is true. It’s not surprising that the best Linux apps are also cross-platform, like FireFox.

This doesn’t mean every app needs flashy icons. It just means that some kind of convention should be followed so that functions can be accessed logically. It also means that screen real-estate should be used economically without being cluttered.

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