@Leo, on 04 January 2013 - 19:59, said:
That's because there are very little design guidelines when it comes to Linux software. That is what happens when there are no designers involved and software developers are given free reign to "design" as they see fit. What you had 15-20 years ago (from design standpoint) you still see today in Linux (or the so called "multi-platform") software. This creates two issues, one is outdated software look and feel, and more importantly, no consistency between one application to another. It is really apparent in distributions that do have clear design guidelines, and have software designed with them in mind. Take elementary OS. It is very influenced by Mac OS X design guidelines, and indeed software written with these design guidelines in mind look good and consistent. But then you run other Ubuntu software. Then even worse, you download something like OpenOffice.
I think it depends on what you download. I mean there are plenty of windows apps that don't fit in with my W7. Sure they are for windows, but they don't follow normal guidelines.
On my Linux however, everything matches. That's because I stick with sets of programs made by the same companies. Ie) I use all the Gnome tools for management (Gnautillus, Tweak-Tool, Gedit, etc) With a black GTK Theme and Faence Icons that make it all feel like it's one system.
I can do the same with Windows. It's up to you the user to control what looks good and what doesn't regardless of the OS.