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RE: [opensuse-project] My Idea of a Good Strategy
- From: "Dubeau, Patrick" <Patrick.Dubeau@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:53:37 -0400
- Message-id: <A31E65CCB1B23F49A8B97A3A0947018D02794747@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
De : Jos Poortvliet [mailto:jospoortvliet@xxxxxxxxx]
Envoyé : 13 septembre 2010 15:21
À : opensuse-project@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc : Andy
Objet : Re: [opensuse-project] My Idea of a Good Strategy
On Monday 13 September 2010 20:43:33 Andy wrote:
To me, the best thing that you guys can do is first define "Who doyou
want to target?"
Andy, my friend, within a few days the strategy team will release
exactly THAT part of our new "who are we" thing :D
Don't great minds think alike?
Why? because it is the best decision that will show you what youwant.
Something that I can envy from Ubuntu, for example, is the fact thathave
they always wanted that "human connection" with their users. They
displayed this in all areas in marketing and I think it still sells
well. I believe openSUSE is a tool that helps power users primarily
but has lost the feel of what it is like to have newcomers in their
Many may fear that because you take a more "novice" approach to the
desktop, that it will take away from the ability that power users
to use the distribution. But to me the matter is more simple. Powerand
users will be more comfortable if they use openSUSE that has a more
minimalistic and simpler approach to the desktop because that way,
They will be able to focus more on the tasks that they are performing
rather than devising ways to customize the desktop to their needs,
things like that.
Amen to that. Powerusers don't want to have to search for something and
things have to work out of the box as much as possible. But they don't
want to be stuck with what they got, either. It's about balance. And
there is still a choice there - if you focus so extremely on 'novices',
as Ubuntu does, you DO de-optimize for powerusers, I have little doubts
about that. I think openSUSE can affort sitting a bit closer to
powerusers - not making things hard but at least making things
accessible to them when they need it. openSUSE has always done that -
which is why it is so popular with system admins and other experienced
computer users. I think we must keep that legacy in honour, even when
we try to make sure everyone can use our software. Powerusers are ALSO
human, despite what you might have heard ;-)
Is it a question of balance or of choice? Maybe the same thing....
I think that it is important to give choice to the users. It is also
important to not forget newbies and newcomers, especially those coming from
windows world. For them, it has to work out-of-the box or we will lose them.
The system has to offer tools and apps that'll be easy to use.
In giving choice, as you said, other users (advenced and expert users) are
not stuck with what they got. And when newbies and newcomers become advenced
users and want to explore deeper their linux system, they have the
possibility to do it.
I like that Jos. I am particularly happy that the strategy team took this
Please, remember that there is hidden potential within the novice
users you can attract to openSUSE.
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