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Betanews makes the case for lightweight operating systems:

The rise of the netbook and other form factors is driving a fairly substantial re-think in terms of how we use computers and what we expect out of them. We no longer shoot for all-encompassing capability, and instead want simpler devices that do the job quickly and efficiently. We don’t want to wait after every keypress or mouse activity, and we don’t want to be confused, either. Simple is the new goal, and an OS that strips out needless complexity, stays out of the way and lets users get their work done uninterrupted represents the new state of the art.

Scott F. Fulton largely follows the LXDE design objectives. What will people like him make switch? The answer is probably that we want operating systems as pervasive that we don’t even care about them anymore, so we also don’t care about switching. An “OS that strips out needless complexity, stays out of the way and lets users get their work done uninterrupted” is a call to leave the users alone. And the current mature desktop environments do exactly the opposite, they add features and complexity, also for development, strip out core functionality and replace it by immature technologies, force decisions upon you. I recently installed the new firefox 3.5 developer version in a virtual machine but basically I don’t even notice which browser I am using anymore and I cannot tell you the differences. I don’t have to tell and I don’t want to tell. Breathe…

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