-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: RIPEMD160 On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 06:18:35AM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote: >On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Jonas Smedegaard <d...@jones.dk> wrote: >> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 04:58:17AM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote: >>>Tomeu Vizoso writes: > >>>> I think it's very important if we want to keep pushing Sugar that >>>> we distinguish between design decisions and bugs and unimplemented >>>> features. If we bring down good design ideas not by themselves but >>>> because of its implementation status, we risk ending up with >>>> nothing that brings new value compared to existing desktops. >>> >>>You say that like it would be a bad thing. The existing desktops are >>>at least time-tested. Learning to deal with the common features of >>>modern desktop systems is very valuable for children. >> >> I flat out disagree that Sugar should be a learning experience >> towards using alternative user interfaces. >> >> In that mindset we should mimic Word, Excel and the Windows desktop, >> not for the quality of their interface designs, but simply because >> they are expremely popular so getting acquainted to them is "very >> valuable for children". > >To the extent that there are common features that are highly >unlikely to change across versions or even OSes, definitely. > >MacOS System 6, MacOS X, OS/2 Warp, and Windows Vista >have certain basic features in common. It's a safe bet to say that >most of these features will remain in the computers of 2017.
Actually, I am not so sure about that: I suspect user interfaces (as well as many other features of our society) do not evolve linear, but more and more rapidly transform. So I am willing to challenge you in that bet. :-D I suggest, for simplicity sake in our later judgement, that we limit the bet to "do all popular computer desktop environments still use (and directly expose to the edn user) a hierarchical file system in 2017, as they did in 2009?" And I propose a symbolic item from looser to winner, with a fun punishment twist added: One bottle of bewerage of the winner's choosing, delivered personally at the winner's door step. How does that sound? Kind regards, - Jonas - -- * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist og Internet-arkitekt * Tlf.: +45 40843136 Website: http://dr.jones.dk/ [x] quote me freely [ ] ask before reusing [ ] keep private -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux) iEYEAREDAAYFAkoeczYACgkQn7DbMsAkQLhjdACgg6Q4x+mudFAyWE7tZBMMkC1d mdQAoISLHzNrsO5kO0WqCzjU977WKGU3 =mR8C -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- _______________________________________________ Sugar-devel mailing list Sugaremail@example.com http://lists.sugarlabs.org/listinfo/sugar-devel