Windows Explorer Ribbon is reported to be the next best thing since sliced bread. Yeah right, show me the research that justifies that statement and of course I assume it was independently peer reviewed?. Until then, its what I want not what you want. I want my vertical space on my screens, I want my taskbar on the bottom and I decided what icons or panels reside on my desk space!
One classic example is the difference between the Qwerty and the Dvorak keyboards, yes the Dvorak keyboard is supposedly more efficient and can be implemented easily on modern computer systems. The Dvorak keyboard never over took the Qwerty keyboard which reigns supreme. However, what has evolved is that we have a choice of what type of keyboard we want to use. So if you do not like the Ribbon versions then get a replacement.
Alternatives to Windows Explorer.
- Free Commander
- Cubic Explorer
- Explorer XP
- Total Commander
At least one of the above is open source. As for replacements for Microsoft Office and its ribbon interface, Google is your friend if you want to find proprietary or free version and if you are really lazy then I will list two open source alternatives for Office suites.
For the record I use Microsoft Office, because where I teach that is the default software, however, I install open office and now libre office on my family's and friends computers. You should see there eyes when I tell them its free.
For the record I use opens source software and operating systems and if something gets up my nose like the current Gnome 3 issue then I just change.