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Re: [opensuse] KDE super boot manager, or plymouth manager, only on ubuntu?
On Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:48:22 +0100
Oddball <monkey9@xxxxxx> wrote:

I think the user, and how he/she wants to have his/her desktop look,
has to be more important to the devs, in order to attract and keep
users. Giving the user the idea to be able to change something he/she
thinks is important to him/her without fuss, might have more impact
on the use of opensuse as favorite desktop, as devs might think.

Again, plus one.

Problem is how to make people (developers), that spend days in a
console, believe that. On their own machines, in extreme cases, they
invented elaborate ways to use today's large screens without ever
leaving text mode; one such way is utility called "screen".

It is problem to understand something one has no problem with.

People that see colors, can't understand black and white vision, or
more common lack of some color. When you see someone happy with almost
monochromatic design of openSUSE, one would think of minor, or
complete, lack of senses for other colors. When you see someone happy
with many colors that normal vision perceives as screaming, maybe they
look fair in artists vision. There is many ways vision can be better,
or worse then normal, which gives many ways people can misunderstand
each other.

People that skilfully juggle with pages of text (code) don't need flow
diagrams, and those that read code don't need manuals.

Problem is that many that juggle the code are not that skilled, so they
are better off using flow diagrams, and conversely, even when you read
code, you have to memorize symbols that other people introduced, which
can lead to overload, errors and misunderstandings.

In extreme case, those that never learned and practiced methods to
improve ability to wrestle with a code, nor have natural talent to deal
with symbols, are left in a dust without flow diagrams and manuals.

Their need to feel in control of machine has no hooks in reality when
they can't change even decorations, and that is about the same feeling
they have with preinstalled operating system. In other words people with
this user profile and motivation to use Linux, will not find any
satisfaction in Linux.

Bad is: that is the most common profile among computer users.
Worse is: without them, developers will not swarm around distro and
it will sink into irrelevance after having problems to find enough
developers interested in packaging, or being responsive to bug
reports and feature requests.

Regards, Rajko.
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