Hands-on: GNOME 3.4 arrives, introducing significant design changes.
I’m still a Linux geek. Every few months I’ll get this overwhelming feeling that I’d love to just drop my current workflow entirely and get myself up and running with Linux. I can’t explain why, it’s just really attractive to me periodically.
With my Linux fascination I’m always keeping one eye on that space. In addition to my feelings toward free and open source software, I think those directly involved with Linux on a consistent basis can shake things up a bit when it comes to the UI of computing. Many people scoff at the idea of Linux, but there has truly been some outstanding innovation in the UI space over time.
I think it’s really easy for us to get caught up in what our little community is producing, when in fact there’s a very large world of equally talented people out there in their own little worlds doing their own things. Exploring that space can be awesome and inspirational.
The state of Linux desktops seems to be in a state very similar to that of web design: lots of new things, big sweeping changes, and a lot to get used to. Not to mention a couple of rough edges to round off!
I’ve been full-time Linux for quite a few years, and although it’s tough at times, I’m very satisfied and don’t see myself moving away. The fact that all of our technology is so dynamic at the moment is making it a very exciting time to be involved.