Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#74 As an Amiga user...

by Kovu <>

Monday March 27th, 2000 5:01 PM

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Amiga's last interface makes everything look the same, and it bores me just like Windows does (in fact, Windows borrows quite a bit from the Amiga interface), but we have the excuse that the product stopped growing in 1992 or so when Commodore croaked. I think applications should have exciting, ever-changable UIs, such as Moz skinnable, etc. I certainly don't think they should all look identical.

I do think that programs in app CLASSES, say Word, Excel, Powerpoint being part of an OFFICE class, should have similarly SET UP UIs. As it is, Microsoft puts the Options function here on this program, buries it there on that program, renames it this in that program, etc. Simple stupidity, especially for a company with as much capital as that one, the capital to do it right.

But the point is that apps are apps and OS is OS, and never the twain should meet. Keep your stupid minesweeper program off my OS, it hogs room and I've never even opened it. Keep your stupid IE, keep the rigidly controlled desktop UI and LET ME DO WHAT I WANT TO IT. God I hate Microsoft.