Originally Posted by Bob Maxey
Apparently, the founder of Ubuntu thinks making an OS look pretty is important.
Would a Prettier Linux Make You Switch?
Pretty is good if it make the user experience better. Not so good it it causes users grief.
I think having a good looking OS is pretty key to getting people interested. Chances are you'll have just as many people going to your OS because they read the features and liked it, as there are people who saw a screenshot and thought it looked pretty or nifty.
Plus a lot of these good looking desktop environments work great too. Gnome 3 might be somewhat of a hassle at first, without a dedicated menu bar to easily switch between programs, but as time goes on i now appreciate the way gnome does it, I think it's more efficient and useful, even if it's a tad bit slower.