[on topic] What's your favorite less-popular open source app?

Shane Hathaway shane at hathawaymix.org
Thu Jun 26 10:40:50 MDT 2008

Michael Torrie wrote:
> Shane Hathaway wrote:
>> - FileLight: The best way I've seen to visualize what is eating up disk 
>> space.
> Pie charts don't make much sense to me.  It's too hard to tell what
> really is bigger.  I like the way that kdirstat[1] does it with
> rectangles much better.  It's very easy to spot big files, and big
> directories since each file is always a rectangle and each set of files
> is also a rectangle.  It's very slick

That's interesting, because I've tried the rectangular visualization and 
I find it much less effective.  The concentric pie chart tells me just 
what I want to know almost instantly.  I wonder why we see it 
differently.  Either we are looking for different things or there is 
some difference in the way we perceive things visually.


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