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Re: [opensuse-project] Draft of Desktop Policy
  • From: Matt Gray <mjg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 10:36:51 +0100
  • Message-id: <4A7952B3.6020201@xxxxxxxxxxx>
I'm fine with defining the statistical base upon which the most popular
DE will be determined, but listing DE's alphabetically does works
against the whole point of the exercise.

If you want a pre-determined newb-install experience then do not create
confusion by failing to make the pre-selection obvious to the new user.

If you list alphabetically, but preselect KDE you create confusion; "is
it really pre-selected, or do i still have to make a choice? can i get
away with just clicking next, or does this require better knowledge?"
If you horizontally list the DE choices you are just finding a fancy way
of not having an easy desktop install experience, why bother in the
first place.

People understand heirarchy as well as they understand computer menus
with a star in one of the options.
If the pre-selected DE is at the top that sends a message, if it has a
star in it by default that re-inforces the message.
If there is a second choice that is clearly not packaged into "other"
that tells you there is an officially sanctioned alternative.

[x] KDE (officially supported and most popular)
[_] Gnome (officially supported)
[_] Other (other desktop environments you may use)

If there is going to be a pre-selected DE, then that is the way to do it.

Jean Cayron wrote:
I can agree with this proposal with alphatically order and
preselecting the most popular. It could also be horizontally presented, even
The proposition contructive. Making both "preselected" and "orderd by
is too much. The order can also, as I suggested in a mail, change from on to
another release, without impacting the preselection.

But let make clear how the popularity is determined: would it be by a
survey, by statistics on the servers (updates or oss repository download for
example, even if it doesn't 100% prove the actual "use" of a desktop as one
can install both).

2009/8/4 Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxxxxx>

Could you answer on the list, please?

Sorry, I thought I did. My Reply All bugged ;-)

Please explain what you mean with "make clear how it's determined",

Andreas Jaeger, aj@{,}
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