Martin Schmidkunz wrote:
Am 17.05.2007, 19:32 Uhr, schrieb Brian Imhausen firstname.lastname@example.org:
Maybe distinct desktop installer cd images (a la Mandriva) and a unified dvd image which presents the user with an option before running the live environment?
Yeah! That sounds like a good idea! We should do that.
The description of each desktop's functionality could appear on a page for downloading the installer media...
Maybe we can link not only to a description but also to a short demo of each desktop environment? So that each user can figure out, which basic layout fits him most?
"Multiple graphical desktop environments are available for Linux - KDE and GNOME are the most popular. openSUSE offers a choice of both. Both will cover your basic needs. Which one suits you best is a matter of personal taste and wants."
That is exactly the description we need. It is no suggestions but doesn`t confuse the user. I like it. I would just add something like: [...] Both will cover your basic needs like browsing the internet, emailing, doing office work, picture editing and multimedia. [...]
Mhm. Maybe the description is too long. But something similar. What do you think?
1] openSUSE offers more than just the choice of KDE or GNOME. Virtually every other living desktop environment can be, more or less easily, installed on openSUSE, especially XFCE.
2] I think it should be made very clear that selecting a desktop environment isn't a one way street and can be easily changed. Once installed, it can be selected from the Session menu on the login screen (assuming you have one:-)
3] I think it should be made clearer how to go about adding a new DE after installation, especially in regards to YaST and using Patterns.
4] Perhaps some distinction should be made with regards to Windows, explaining that, unlike Windows, you have many choices for your graphical desktop environment.
I do think that reminding people that the desktop choice isn't a final one, and in general, short of having a real preference, either of the "big" ones will suffice, with the only caveat being that I believe someone unfamiliar with X, coming from Windows, will be more comfortable with KDE.