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Thread: How important is eyecandy to you?

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    How important is eyecandy to you?

    Do you consider lots of bells and whistles important? Lots of pretty images and stunning desktops?

    Personally I've never been a big fan of all the fanciness. I just want the computer to work and work right. For example, when Windows NT was in its prime, I was a big fan. Basic, simple desktop. Even now on my Windows XP setup, I've got it set to the "Classic Windows" theme with no background and all the other bells and whistles turned off. Same with my Ubuntu and SUSE setups.

    Obviously, there are no right or wrong answers to this. I'm just curious how much importance everyone places on all the eyecandy that is available to different OS's out there.

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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    I like the option... I did the same when I had windows XP but I was just trying to squeeze every ounce of performance out of it.

    I believe there are quite a few topics on eye candy, you should check those out as a lot of people have already voiced their opinion on eye candy.
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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    yeah this is another redone thread, but im really more about function than form. i like my computer to be the most efficient possible. i have 1 GB of memory, so i could run that stuff with no problems, but i just prefer to not have my laptop crank the fans on all the time (which is a problem this has, 686-smp made it better but not best). i use XFCE and the only eye candy i use is a wallpaper every once in a while, which isnt even "eye candy" at all,

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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    A bit. But not über important, mostly the eyecandy I use I set it up so I get an easier desktop which fits my needs.
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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    Very important as it makes computing a more enjoyable experiance often.

    But each to their own.
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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    Although I like eyecandy, I choose speed and functionality over eyecandy. Unfortunately, to me, a fully functional desktop means using Gnome, which isn't the speediest DE around :/.
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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    Depending, laptop has no eyecandy cuz I want it to be as cool as possible and have the most battery life. Plus I never see the screen if I'm not working on it.
    Desktop I like to have eyecandy on cuz I will see the monitor when I'm not working on it. Even more important if you use dual head.
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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    Very much. I want my desktop to look cool.

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    Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    I try to strike a fine balance between eye-candy and usefulness.


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    Wink Re: How important is eyecandy to you?

    It depends. If it's eyecandy that makes interfaces look weird (like an alien console out of a sci-fi movie), buttons unlabled and moved around, I'm totally against it.

    If it makes things less snappy, I greatly dislike that.

    Like the animations in clearlooks (if you are in dapper and enable it on).
    I don't mind the bar animation (i.e. volume bar), the animation I dislike is the fade in and out of checks in the checkbox.
    I click it twice thinking my first click missed. Anything like this, fades, delays, that make things seem slower, boo.

    As for stuff that looks cool, I guess it's neat to have but if it visibily lowers performance (or eats a lot of juice on a laptop let's say), I may prefer to do without it.

    As for the other stuff, if it aids usuability I'd be interested. If someone can mention what aids usuability...

    For some of the eyecandy I like, I guess it would be transparency. It may sort of benefit usuability, perhaps having tvtime transparent while I surf... Currently I move the little "tv box" around if it covers a link or "x" button =)
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