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"Such a package could include tax credits, financing programs and training grants amounting to millions of dollars, said Matt McCollister, the seven-county chamber's vice president for economic development. PlanetSpace's chairman, Indian-American entrepreneur Chirinjeev Kathuria, told MSNBC.com he expected the incentives to amount to "somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million."
From early 90s icon design (though Gnome arguably looks a bit fresher) to nearly every distro sporting some kind of start button / taskbar interface, Linux always seems to be playing a game of catchup in this regard.
I understand the argument that grandpa wants something that looks familiar, but thinking of another OSS project — Firefox — won its audience on tabbed browsing. There was a feature that probably wasn't familiar to most novice users who switched. Yes everything else looked familiar, but where's the tabbed browsing equivalent on the desktop environment side? Arguably our elders are also not the only ones that should be courted into the Linux camp.
Skinnable apps often go the route of clunky, flawed usability on any OS, because there's no QA for zeeb69's manga skin. What about default, modern UI that sports a "killer app" feature?
I realize this is a number of visual aspects not-so-neatly rolled into one for purpose of discussion, but what's the Slashdot community's opinion on the state of UI? Is this a problem? If so, are distros simply not courting the right designers? What can be done to improve upon this? If my assumption is flawed, what might be done to change that stigma?"