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Re: [opensuse-project] Re: openFATE feature 306967, KDE default
  • From: "Kevin \"Yeaux\" Dupuy" <kevin.dupuy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 08:09:12 -0500
  • Message-id: <3A85EDDF-E24D-48FA-A8A0-937CCA80DD37@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Aug 4, 2009, at 3:20 AM, Martin Schlander <martin.schlander@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
And the magnitude of the decision is supposed to be an argument _against_
having a preselected default?

Again, noone's removing any choice, noone's suggesting to hide anything,
selecting GNOME wouldn't require any more work than it does now.

Yes. If openSUSE intends to support two desktops equally, then how do you manage that reccommending one over the other to a new user is 'supporting two desktops equally'. Instead of treating GNOME as an equal, integral part of openSUSE, you'd be saying "oh yeah, GNOME's this thing some folks work on, but you'll want KDE (trust me).

And let me add, you do not just select the software to install - you also
select what level of community support you're going to have available to you -
in terms of online help, packages, howtos etc.

Good point - though that really goes to point out that both the KDE and GNOME teams are equally helpful and put out good documentation in addition to the openSUSE docs. Infact, the GNOME Team has done a lot for the openSUSE Project, do you really want to lose their support by demoting their product down to second class?

Overall, there's another decision to be made here. Do we want to select and support one desktop, and dump the other down to being a second-class citizen, or support both and publish a much better tour of each desktop to help users decide?
Kevin "Yeaux" Dupuy
openSUSE Project Member
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