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Re: [opensuse-project] Draft of Desktop Policy
  • From: Will Stephenson <wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 18:21:55 +0200
  • Message-id: <200908051821.55120.wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 05 August 2009 18:01:34 Joe Harmon wrote:
On 8/5/2009 at 09:46 AM, Kay Schenk <kschenk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Patrick Shanahan wrote:
* Joe Harmon <jharmon@xxxxxxxxxx> [08-04-09 16:06]:
Why not let the user make that choice?

Explained *many* times but you have not accepted the explanation.

Why do need to suggest anything?

YES! YES! YES! people. New users don't know WHAT to choose. Please try
to put aside your "political" convictions whatever they may be, and just
give new users *something*. If you don't, the installation process will
be even more frightening to them than it likely already is. KDE seems to
be a very reasonable choice, frankly.

This has nothing to do with political convictions. This has to do with
trying to be fair to both desktops.

Novell resources both desktops for openSUSE fairly and they participate fairly
in the openSUSE creation process. AJ's draft policy suggested yesterday treats
both desktops fairly by popularity (as Debian does) and by presenting them in
alphabetical order.

The draft policy meets the goals of making the openSUSE installation one click
clearer and fairer to new users, thereby growing the distribution, while
increasing our participation from and attractiveness to a major upstream
project, and respecting the preferences (fairly) the vast majority of our
users, sending a message that openSUSE is open and fair. The position of GNOME
and other sub-groups within the community remains the same, and by growing
openSUSE overall, make them more visible.

Doing nothing merely maintains the status quo and surpresses the issue. To
focus only on the present and the past and discount change, even if
controversial and scary, is inward-looking and harms growth.

Choosing a default according to clear policy is good product design, good
usability, pragmatic and fair to the entire project.

Will
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