Evolution of a Linux desktop user:
- Get XFree86 to work on your S3 graphics card under Linux, dabble with FVWM and Windowmaker.
- Discover KDE in their 1.x days – become a fan of the heavyweight desktop environment.
- Keep using KDE, notice how each release gets faster than the previous one, think you’ve found desktop nirvana with KDE 3.5.
- KDE 4.0 is released, postpone package updates so that you can stay with 3.5.
- Eventually give up and make a painless switch to Gnome2.
- When Ubuntu makes Unity the default desktop, keep using Gnome2.
- Gnome3 is released, postpone package updates so that you can stay with 2.
- Eventually give up and try KDE ~4.5, watch it crash. Upgrade your Ubuntu to 11.08 to get KDE 4.7.
- Use KDE 4.7 for three weeks, notice that it is still much worse than KDE 3.5 or Gnome2 was.
- Realize that upgrading your Ubuntu nuked Gnome2.
- Try Gnome3 for 2 minutes, notice it’s gone 10 years backwards in terms of features.
- Try the Cinnamon interface for Gnome3, wonder how you move the workspace switcher to another panel. After discovering on a forum that it requires editing stuff in Dconfig – give up.
- In a last act of desperation install MATE (the Gnome2 fork). Log in, watch it crash.
- Install XFCE, customize it to behave like Gnome 2. Carry on with your life.
Of course, if XFCE becomes popular enough, hipster coders will remove all the features and make it look like the latest desktop environment from Apple. Then you’re off to install LXDE.
What is the sustainable solution?
Buy a Mac and get the hipster interface, but with more features and less bugs?