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Re: [opensuse] Making KDE the default desktop once again
  • From: Sven Burmeister <sven.burmeister@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 23:41:30 +0200
  • Message-id: <200907282341.30782.sven.burmeister@xxxxxxx>
Am Dienstag, 28. Juli 2009 22:25:48 schrieb Carlos E. R.:
I find the idea of having a default desktop - any desktop - almost
offensive.

What about e.g. your browser?

And about new users... let them choose! Linux is about freedom, and
freedom requires choices. The sooner they start choosing, better.

The reason for defaults is to help new users because they cannot make a
choice. That's why there are defaults for the filesystem, browser, email-
client, chat client, package patterns in general etc.

A new user does not know what KDE or Gnome is, how should he make a choice?
You could as well put a "feeling lucky" button there.

Having a default does not decrease choice, it only increases usability for new
users. It adds no click for users who chose a different desktop but saves one
click and an uninformed guess for new users.

Informing the user on that "chose desktop" page what KDE/Gnome etc. are, is
impossible, you have to try them in order to find out. So if its about choice
for new users, install all desktops by default to enable them to test them. If
its about usability, give them a default selection as it is done for all other
parts of the installation. As I pointed out already, just because KDE is
selected there is still the choice to click on Gnome or any other option on
that page.

Sven
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