No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to find a simple, nicely pre-configured graphical user interface for Linux.
I’m used to spending a lot of time setting up things on Linux. I’ve done it for years. It’s been a fun hobby. I remember the first time I started using my mom’s new iMac, many years ago. I remember thinking it was so boring. There was nothing to setup or configure. It didn’t bother me, though, because I thought the default configuration and appearance was really nice.
I want something like that for Linux. I want a GUI that:
…has attractive default settings.
…includes complete window management functionality.
…has only one way to do everything.
…requires little configuration and maintenance.
…does not look like Windows 95.
I really want to like KDE.The recent 4.5 release behaves a little strangely with my video card, but it works. I’ll probably stick with it for now.
I’m also a big fan of Window Maker, but I always end up “using” it too much instead of “doing” stuff with it.
As for other operating systems, Haiku meets the requirements of the kind of GUI I’m looking for. Maybe instead of trying to find the perfect GUI in Linux, it would be easier to write all of the software I need for Haiku and use that.