.Neo, on 28 April 2012 - 13:32, said:
I just wanted to add: It's clear to me that whole customization fab of 2003-2006 on both OS X and Windows has pretty much come to an end. People, the fast majority anyway, want something that looks good out of the box instead of wasting countless minutes tweaking every aspect of their operating system. As such the endless "configurability and flexibility" options have become largely irrelevant. The Ubuntu team seems to realize that as well; they too are working on something that just looks good from the get-go.
Just my own opinion of course, but customization is one of the things I do like about Windows and the various DE's in Linux. I'm all for a "it's pretty out of the box experience" and all too, first impressions matter, especially for those that just want to install it and go with minimal fuss.
But some people just don't want their desktop to look exactly like every other desktop that's out there, personally that's fairly boring. Just look over DeviantArt, Gnome Look or KDE Look for example, customization is alive and well.. hasn't ended at all. Some are subjectively bad, but there's a lot of custom themes out there that are actually very
good. Wellllllll, except when they try to make one OS look like another.. I see one more OSX Aero or Windows 7 GTK theme I'm going to be ill.
It's not just the looks too but the various components as well; don't like the file manager, program launcher, or other bits? Replace it. Shoot I have one Windows 7 machine running KDE 4 as its desktop, just because. (Not my main.. it's just for giggles.) It's impossible for a developer to please 100% of the people 100% of the time, having the option to replace components or visuals is a nice option for those that want it.