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Re: [opensuse-project] Re: Draft of Desktop Policy
  • From: Matt Gray <mjg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2009 16:35:55 +0100
  • Message-id: <4A7C49DB.4070607@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Jim Henderson wrote:

And yet the threat of not having KDE be the default selection is so
great....because? There again, you can't have it both ways. I still
stand by my earlier proposal (ie, that as long as the KDE camp concedes
that it's OK for GNOME to be on that selection menu in the installation
and won't push for it to be removed from the menu or the distro in the
future, I'm OK with a KDE default selection and even having KDE listed
first), but this debate reminds me a lot of another rather politically
charged debate currently going on in the US because the side with the
stronger opinions expresses those opinions by applying two inherently
contradictory sets of principles.

Jim

I'm not in the "kde camp", i am just a user, but even i can see the
sense of and agree to abide by the following:

1) I the user recognize that opensuse provides equal support to both
Gnome & KDE because they are both equally viable DE's.
2) I the user respect that even if I disagreed with the premise of #1
that opensuse will stick with that policy. (which i don't)
3) Opensuse benefits from providing equal support to the main DE's, and
going backward to a one DE distro would be stupid.
4) If a default is selected then the other equally supported DE should
be prominently displayed on the install screen, and not filed away with
"Other".
5) Novell have a commitment to Gnome as a result of their commercial
suse products, so it isn't ever going away. (which is a good thing)

If, and only if it is decided that a pre-selected default is chosen as
the best course for opensuse then your suggestion:

"I'm OK with a KDE default selection and even having KDE listed first"

Would be the most sensible way to proceed.
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