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Re: [opensuse-project] Re: openFATE feature 306967, KDE default
  • From: Boyd Lynn Gerber <gerberb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:28:00 -0600
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.0908031215310.6898@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 3 Aug 2009, Joe Harmon wrote:
On 8/3/2009 at 11:43 AM, PGNet Dev <> wrote:
and how might they "discover" their choices? by preselcting a given radio box? by changing the order of presentation? by adding a couple of screenshots?

And how are they discovering that choice right now by just selecting the radio button? I am not saying it is a good choice, it was just an idea. But it is more than what they have right now. Maybe we install both and leave the choice to when the desktop is first launched and have it change on the fly. I don't know, just some more thoughts.

Right now I do choose to install both for new users that have never seen or used linux. I find that when I make a choice for them. it always seems to have been the wrong one. For example I told them to try both, but because I logged in in KDE they never tried GNOME. They went back to windows till some only installed GNOME. They really like GNOME.

The ones where I have never logged in tend to try them both and make a choice. New to linux users rearlly are different. Especially if they fall in what I call the dumb windows group. That is they let someone else dictate the look and feel. They really do not understand that a desktop can be changed. Getting them to use Firefox or OpenOffice on windows was a real pain.

So the more I think about these new users, preselecting both so they are able to just click "Next" seems to be a good idea. Everyone else can/may choose what they like. Deselecting. Right now it is a real pain to try and talk a user over the phone to install both. These new users really are in a different space and really need to try both. Be it by a LiveCD or DVD install with both. These people really need to try both/all the desktops to find what meest there needs. I know some even prefer XFCE.

Also, I think change the text on the screen to emaphsize, Choice really is a must.

This then really eliminates the which DE is the default. Leaving it to the user to select and try where the choice really should be. Where they are able to try and see which method/DE suites them.

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