Still, Windows XP:s GUI is faster than both of them. At least it my configuration.
Well, I can imagine you wouldn't think it's inefficient if you'd never seen better Heck, the windows don't even snap to each other!
You can change how Windows looks as well you know.
Tools such as StyleXP exist, but cost money. Without those, I find the GUI to be quite ugly (actually, even those tend to not work so well, with lots of little oversights in interface). Also, assume that I am using the MS virtual desktop switcher. Show me the way to make Windows switch to my Gaim window when I press Ctrl+Shift+Enter then G, or X-Chat window when I press Ctrl+Shift+Enter then X, or Firefox when Ctrl+Shift+Enter then F, or terminal when I press Ctrl+Shift+Enter then T. Show me how to make Gaim conversations and X-Chat windows "desktop utilities" that show up on all desktops, and not in the Alt+Tab list. Also, make the terminal emulator completely decoration-less, and on all desktops, and not in the Alt+Tab list as well. Make it so that when I scroll over my desktop background, it switches virtual desktops. Finally, and most importantly, remove the task bar. I want my system tray rising vertically from the bottom right corner of my desktop, and my clock, which auto-hides, on the top left corner. The finished product.
And I'm not a Windows newbie, either. Hell, I'm probably one of the biggest proponents of .NET in this community, use Windows daily at work, and when I have a laptop, on that. Some of the best applications only exist on Windows (specifically, MSVC), as well as many games.
Look, I know it's picky, but in all honesty, what are the real differences between Windows and Linux? I would use Windows if KDE (and Amarok) worked on them. Operating system selection, for me, comes down to those two main points: the terminal emulator as well as associated tools, and the looks of the GUI.
What pisses me off about windows a lot is a open a folder, and i decide that i want a prompt, so i right click and then "oh yeah, windows".
There's a Microsoft PowerToy to do just that.
Something like that would be a BIG advantage, especially with opacity as a shift+scroll wheel/arrow keys or something, so that i don't have to drag the window out of the way to see what it is i want to type.
Oh yeah, I want a transparent terminal emulator also, but only a transparent background
Lastly, window's idea of window focus blows chunks. The worst is having to click the winamp playlist to scroll the playlist, then clicking the winamp player to scroll volume.
Although I disagree with your focus-follows-mouse preference, I do agre that using the scroll wheel should focus, but not raise, the widow. I use that a lot fo reading web pages while I have chat apps open in the foreground.
Well, you can't blame MS for that one. The IM-software (or anti-virus) programmers didn't have to program that behaviour into the software. MSN doesn't interrupt full-screen apps.
It's not the job of the application to manage windows, it's the job of the window manager That said, Microsoft has specific rules for allowing windows to steal focus, and what he described should happen. Perhaps since XP SP2, I'm not sure. That said, KDE's focus stealing prevention is much more configurable than Microsoft's if the default don't do it for you.