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*NIX - UNIX: USENIX Honors GNOME and KDE Architects
USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, celebrating its 30th anniversary, honored GNOME co-founder Miguel de Icaza and KDE creator Mattias Ettrich with its Software Tools User Group (STUG) award for their accomplishments in developing user friendly graphical user interfaces for the open source desktop.
Published Apr 21, 2005 - 04:34 PM
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Nokia Interface Expert on Phones, Blogs
With the addition of cameras, music players and more, mobile phones are becoming increasingly more integrated with consumer electronics and a staple of everyday life. BetaNews spoke with Nokia's top user interface guru, Christian Lindholm -- once dubbed the "godfather of mobile phone users" -- to discuss the design challenges prevented by such convergence, and his new project called Lifeblog.
Published Apr 20, 2005 - 02:16 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Gets "wobbly windows"
Kristian showing off his spring-modeled "wobbly windows" effect in Luminocity, Owen's crack-tastic OpenGL based window/compositing manager. This is the only effect that requires GL hardware acceleration in Luminocity (and not even much at that, Kristian's development machine uses an embedded Intel video card). Notice that menus and tooltips are also animated as they pop on and off the screen.
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 05:00 PM
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osViews' March 2002 Interview with Jef Raskin

Contributed by: Kelly McNeill Managing Editor - osOpinion/osViews
:: Open Content

"The unfortunate news of Jef Raskin's death caused me to remember an interview I conducted with him years ago in which we discussed user Interface design and how it is especially important to keep a user Interface design consistant. We discussed the trend of themeing or skinning a GUI and how such actions inevitably result in an inferior user interface. In an effort to remember Jef and all the important work he has done over the years, I decided it was important to re-post that interview."
Published Feb 27, 2005 - 05:35 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: The Lightweight experience: A comparison of Window Managers
There is and will be an everlasting “Gnome vs. KDE” debate. The trend is that developers concentrate building distributions around one of the two. But not everyone wants to use Gnome/KDE, mainly because of having older hardware or not wanting to stick with the traditional panel/menu approach.

After all, GNU/Linux is about freedom and choice, and there are several good window managers too choose from and to build a fully customized and lightweight desktop. I will look at five window managers plus Xfce, considering speed, features, and configurability.
Published Feb 16, 2005 - 12:32 PM
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Apple - Mac: Xcode 2.0 reveals "unified toolbar" option
The latest version of Xcode 2.0 for Tiger sheds some light on the idea behind the rumored "smooth platinum" look that is featured in the new versions of Mail, System Preferences, and other applications in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

The "smooth platinum" look is not yet another interface theme like Aqua or Brushed Metal, but instead a new option for Aqua windows through the new version of Interface Builder, part of Apple's Developer Tools.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 04:01 PM
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Apple - Mac: Brushed Metal and the HIG
Brushed-metal aficionados often point out that what they like about metal windows isn’t how they look, per se, but rather how they behave, in that you can drag metal windows by clicking in any unused space in the window (as opposed to regular windows, which can only be moved by clicking in the window title bar). But this behavioral difference makes things even less consistent — if it’s a good usability idea, all windows should work like this; otherwise, none should.
Published Oct 18, 2004 - 06:10 PM
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Enough with Themes Already

Contributed by: Adam Barr
:: Open Content

The ability to theme or skin one's operating system is a popular practice for many computer users. Though Customization of the things we interact with on a daily basis is a creative way to break the monotony in our lives, its not something that should be done to computers as it dramatically detracts from their usability. Adam Barr submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews such suggests that practice of altering one's graphical user interface should be stopped.
Published Oct 01, 2004 - 12:47 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: GNOME, KDE Aim at Windows
KDE and GNOME, the open-source software projects that together form the face of most Linux installations, have undergone revisions that boost their usability and enterprise readiness—advances that build the case for Linux as a viable alternative to Windows on mainstream corporate desktops.

Some of the biggest changes in KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.8 lie in the projects' respective e-mail and collaboration clients, Kontact and Evolution.
Published Sep 27, 2004 - 11:52 AM
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Win - MS: Winamp attackers hide under 'skins'
Spyware makers are using a flaw in the media software to infect PCs via graphical themes or skins. That's the lesson for Winamp users, after a group of security researchers discovered that spyware makers are using a flaw in the way the multimedia software loads graphical themes, or skins, to infect PCs with their wares. The digital music player -- made by America Online subsidiary Nullsoft, whose informal mascot is the llama -- improperly allows the skin files to run programs.
Published Aug 26, 2004 - 02:18 PM
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Sun's Looking Glass Provides 3D View
Tired of seeing a prosaic, two-dimensional splashscreen every time you boot your system? Sun Microsystems recently released to developers early code for Project Looking Glass, a 3D desktop enhancement application Sun hopes will soon liven up a desktop near you.

Sun representatives describe Project Looking Glass will usher in the next era in desktop operating system
Published Aug 16, 2004 - 03:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: Alpine offers details on forthcoming iPod interface
Many iPod users have seen "iPod Your BMW" television ads, which advertise the ability to connect your iPod or iPod mini to the stereo included with several late-model BMW vehicles.

That's not the only way to directly connect an iPod to a car stereo, however, and one of the most hotly anticipated solutions is coming this September from aftermarket car audio manufacturer Alpine, the same company that designed and manufactured BMW's solution.
Published Jul 29, 2004 - 04:26 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Four alternative Linux window managers
KDE and GNOME combine window managers with suites of applications to create comprehensive work environments. As complete as they are, it's easy to forget that there are other graphical ways to work on a Linux desktop.

Sometimes a lighter-weight window manager is in order, such as for laptop usage, children's use, or quick startup applications. Here are four "alternative" window managers that are mature, fast, and functional.
Published Jul 29, 2004 - 12:53 PM
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Transparent Desktop Opens Doors 
Collaborating with co-workers in the same office is painful enough, but it's nigh impossible over a network. For a couple of decades, researchers have tried to blend shared workspaces -- systems that allow two or more people to work on the same document -- with Internet video-conferencing systems, with little success.

Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have designed a new system that cleverly blends a video-conference feed with a transparent image of a computer desktop into one full-screen window.
Published Jul 09, 2004 - 11:44 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: What KDE and GNOME Really Need

Contributed by: Tim R.
:: Open Content

"If KDE and GNOME work together on a number of desktop features, we could finally have a unified desktop environment based on an ideal set of specifications. Tim R. submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which lays out a plan for the two open source GUIs to work together while still allowing each of them to continue developing upon their unique strengths."
Published Jun 24, 2004 - 11:43 PM
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Apple - Mac: The Macintosh at 20: Interview with Jef Raskin
2004 is indeed the 20th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh computer, but the history of this computer is actually a little older than this. Joining us on Berkeley Groks is Jef Raskin (JR) who started the Apple Macintosh project. Frank Ling (FL) talks to him about how the project got started, his perspectives on current operating systems, and his current work.
Published Mar 07, 2004 - 01:21 PM
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Themes Getting Under My Skins

Contributed by: Amy Reynolds
:: Radio | :: Open Content

"Amy Reynolds offers her perspective on the current state of skinning (or thememing as it is also called) one's operating system. As a professional user interface designer, Amy has concerns that the very existance of themes and skins does a dis-service to an operating system or platform. Amy also offers her insight for a hotly debated topic that has been making the rounds on the KDE mailing list which asks, 'How configurable should the KDE desktop be?'"
Published Sep 04, 2003 - 11:18 PM
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