Avon B7 wrote:
Is the Sawtooth being retired or kept for Classic?
It'll probably be retired but kept for nostalgia.
As for KDE and the eternally imminent "year of Linux on the desktop," you've gotta be kidding. KDE and X11 suck ass as a desktop experience. KDE was clearly designed by programmers and suffers ignominious death of all human interfaces designed by programmers. It's like there's an inescapable gravitational well between pathetic derivative UIs and heaps of glop that could have only been vomited up by a programmer trying to design them. KDE has settled in to that pit of failure, combining the worst impulses of Windows with the friendly efficiency of a Rube Goldberg contraption perched on a landmine. It's just that terrible. It's as cohesive as a pile of marbles: sure they're shiny, but that doesn't mean you should set your glass of beer on them. Seriously, it's a complete mess as far as interacting with the computer goes. Everything is fiddly, awkward, and miserable. Everything you do is like reaching for a shiny animated mousetrap. I'd no more with this upon, say, my grandmother than I'd send her in to unclog a jammed chipper-shredder. Every time I try to do something I'm left, mouth agape, wondering what on Earth they were thinking. I have little patience for Windows, but Windows is like caviar compared to this rotting boiled shoe leather of an interface, excuse me, well polished
rotting boiled shoe leather of an interface. Adding a garnish of very fine parsley and delivering it on a silver platter just completely fails get at the real problem. It's a great interface for interacting with the interface, but almost unusably bad as a general tool to interact with the computer. Interfaces are not ends in and of themselves; they're only useful if they let you solve general problems. KDE and X11 are rigid monstrosities built to solve different problems imagined in different eras.
I've thought about this issue for a while and concluded that the X Window System, as the foundation for a good UI, has no future. It'll never work. It can't happen. As long as anyone tries it will fail. Next year will always
be the year of "Linux on the deskop," unless people who proclaim these things either all die of old age, or give up in dejected recognition of complete burning hopeless failure.
But I'm happy with FreeBSD.