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Month: November 2011

Re: [trinity-devel] KDE vs. Trinity: Is One Really Better?

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:26:01 -0600
> I don't think people resist change as popular as that adage might be. :) I
> think people resist change they did not ask for or resist when timetables
> for the changes are unrealistic. People want to move forward
> incrementally, comfortably. Changes like those in KDE and GNOME are
> unwelcome by many because most users did not have a meaningful vote and
> the changes are too dramatic without providing fallbacks to familiar
> territory. Same thing is happening in the Windows market, by the way. Some
> people love the new interfaces and work flows and that is expected. Many
> others could adapt if they had been treated with respect and compassion
> rather than as objects.
> This is much like the frog in boiling water parable. If features are
> changed incrementally most users never object. They adapt. Change too many
> features at once with no forewarning and training and the frog jumps out
> of the water. :)

Yes, this is true.  However keep in mind what usually happens to the
frog--it gets boiled alive. ;-)

What I mean is that change to an inefficient way of doing things, even if
done over a long period of time, is still change for the worse.  Users may
finally get "boiled alive"; i.e. get completely frustrated with their
Linux desktop, and move to another platform that promises them the ability
to get their tasks done faster.