The original poster was wondering why many users seemed to prefer "old"-style interfaces over slicker, better-looking ones.
The general tone was "It's not 1995 any more--why not make a prettier desktop?"
To which the responses have been, generally, "I like mine as it is--why should I change?"
To be fair, we in the Ubuntu community generally confronted this back in 2006, when Mark "sabdfl" Shuttleworth posted his infamous ""Pretty is a feature" blog post.
Now, that's all right, and I don't necessarily disagree with the sentiment. Modern desktop Linux distributions ship with reasonably "pretty" desktops by default.If we want the world to embrace free software, we have to make it beautiful. I’m not talking about inner beauty, not elegance, not ideological purity… pure, unadulterated, raw, visceral, lustful, shallow, skin deep beauty.
We have to make it gorgeous. We have to make it easy on the eye. We have to make it take your friend’s breath away.
Nor do I necessarily disagree with guys who configure their desktops to look like the current trendsetter in desktop UI design, Apple.
But just like fashions in clothes, fashions in desktop GUI setup do not necessarily fit all people for all purposes. For instance, there is a trend, apparently, for men's suits to be cut to give a much slimmer profile than was recently the case. Many of my friends, when buying new suits, have opted for this new cut, and it suits them.
I haven't, because, well, I'm a lot fatter than they are. Trying to wear that fashion would be silly for me--not to mention impractical and uncomfortable.
Or, think about it another way: a set of mechanic's coveralls are pretty ugly, as far as clothes go. I certainly wouldn't go to the opera wearing them. But I wouldn't wear a tuxedo to change the oil in my car, either.
So it is with GUIs.