What Linus thinks of GNOME usability...

Not a lot:

http://lists.osdl.org/pipermail/desktop_architects/2005-December/000395.html

Comments:

Wow, pretty harsh! All the arguments on that archive sound like distant echos of the emacs vs vi battles. As a user of both Gnome (JDS, Solaris) and KDE (Linspire) I'd cast my vote solidly in the DON'T MUCH CARE camp. I've got more to do than fiddle with my computers, and all computers have worked pretty much the same since MacOS to the extent that non-geeks often can't tell you which OS they're using. Yet I get the idea that Linus would be fine with Gnome if only they would let him remap his mouse button actions. I don't see why he shouldn't. But if you want real usability, let him configure his mouse buttons, menus, window focus behavior, emacs key mappings, etc., on one computer... And then when he goes to his office computer, or to an Internet cafe, or a SunRay kiosk, or a hotel business center, let him wave his smart card at the computer and have it retrieve his preferences from Google or somewhere and greet him with the highly customized interface he chose to be most efficient for him.

Posted by Walter Bays on December 13, 2005 at 10:16 AM GMT+00:00 #

Um, I think there's a lot more to flexibility and usability than just being able to remap mouse buttons. In fact, the issue at hand is emphatically _not_ about just remapping some mouse buttons: reading the previous few messages may be a good idea.

Posted by bi on December 14, 2005 at 04:54 AM GMT+00:00 #

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