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Re: [opensuse-project] openSUSE Strategy Discussion: The Linux Distribution Platform Strategy
  • From: Otso <ojrajala@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 19:20:58 +0300
  • Message-id: <AANLkTi=qL1u4EX6OGLDN3=pUaLrGeGC8raYSQp-6w2bj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hello,

This arguing over focusing openSUSE developement towards "technical
users" or "non-technical users" is silly beyond belief. There is one
question that needs to be answered before taking any direction at all:
What both groups usually want as soon as installation is finished?

Answers are mainly the following:
1) Stability
2) Functionality
3) Discoverability

- First is obvious but neglected almost universally nowadays when it
comes to Linux distros. Much to improve there.
- Second is harder to grasp. GNOME with dual-panel setup and
Programs/Places/System menus is arguably more functional than KDE
kickoff. Functionality = (action+reaction)/time. This also covers
generic program behaviour, overlapping with stability. A program that
doesn't work as excepted isn't functional.
- Third one, discoverability. The better, more describing word for
"user friendly". While CLI is the pinnacle of functionality, it takes
time to discover how it works. GNOME, on the other hand, has its
features right there to click. They are easy to discover. This
obviously overlaps with functionality.

Getting at least those three common nominators in order should be
enough to create something that appeals for everyone.


Take it easy,
Otso
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