Recently found this very interesting blog post on Planet KDE, and thought I might share it here:
and here’s a link to the Bloomberg article that supports it:
Oh, and to keep things interesting, here is a screenshot leaked for Windows 7. Apparently they’re going for a clean design and less 3D whizz. In my opinion, KDE still looks better (and the best thing is, you can customise it to look like Windows if you really want to). Compare for yourself? (Click for larger picture)
Oh, and even more hilarious is how their new taskbar at the bottom looks like an almost exact ripoff KDE. Take a look at KDE 3.5 (yes, I know it’s the old KDE) and compare. Launcher, nice big quickstart icons, (ok, the workspaces are missing) task manager, system tray, clock, and even something that looks like the hider arrow on the right.
What can I say? First they steal Mac’s visual effects (ok, Linux stole it too, but we improved it and we’re free software) and made it look worse, then they’re about a year behind on desktop widgets (which Linux has had regularly for quite some time, and Mac same), and well, they still haven’t caught up with the idea of multiple workspaces. Shame. Microsoft. Shame.
For comparisons sake here’s my latest desktop screenshot (which changes almost every week).