Clasen: GNOME 3.10 sightings
Posted Aug 27, 2013 20:01 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Clasen: GNOME 3.10 sightings
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Sure, but it's poor development at best. QWERTY was just a slight modification of Latin alphabet. Take a look on the second row: A…D…FGH…JKL. Few letters were moved out to slightly optimize layout, but it's obvious that they started from alphabet and changed a few things. Punctuation is on the side thus you need to type it using your little finger. And so on. Yes, QWERTY was optimized for English language, but it was rush job. Many different layouts are doing much better. JCUKEN is significantly better in this regard: most common letters are in the center, you type both “.” and “,” were typed using forefinger, etc. But it's hard to change standard once it's established - thus standard stays.
There also another thing related to JCUKEN: actually standard was changed (broken) in last 20 (or so) years.
This optimized and quite usable layout was replaced by abomination you can see in English wikipedia. How? Monopoly power. Some #^@&#%@^##!$E! guy in Microsoft added QWERTY problems to JCUKEN and made it default (Apple uses better layout which is closer to original BTW).
This shows both that
1. It's hard to change stuff (QWERTY is still standard after all these years).
2. It's possible to do if you have monopoly power (Microsoft managed to make life for Russian users worse).
And it really looks that GNOME guys are trying to do exactly that - only their customers are not as tied to GNOME as Microsoft's customers are tied to Windows thus many GNOME users (me included) have defected.
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