Activate Desktop-Effects: Yes/No-Button?

Christopher Halse Rogers chalserogers at
Thu Sep 27 09:10:44 UTC 2007

On 9/27/07, Dominik Wagenfuehr <dominik.wagenfuehr at> wrote:
>  > Even without that question the user can still decide: Just deactivate
> Compiz. ;)
> The reason is that many people do not trust you (I know, blasphemy. ;))
> that you will catch all non working cards. I think the worst marketing
> for Ubuntu is a shiny new Compiz-desktop - that won't even start the OS.

This is not an argument for an option.  If the system won't even start
with compiz enabled (which is, as far as I'm aware, extremely unlikely
- compiz would need to not crash, but to spin endlessly) then having
an option beforehand is Russian roulette.  Are you feeling lucky,

>  > Contrary to what some people make us belive, many consumers don't even
>  > want to have a lot of choice in *all* situations of their life (there
>  > have been studies on the negative psychological effects of too much
>  > choice in our modern world).
> In the last time I often read Ubuntu reviews that say that this is some
> of the bad things of Ubuntu. You really have no real choice what you
> install in Ubuntu without much experience (and a server-install without
> GUI). Of course there are some distributions like Mandrake (a few years
> ago) where you can choose every single program. This is an overkill!

As far as I'm concerned, people who really, really want to select what
they install are better off with a distribution that's not Ubuntu.
That's what we *do*: working out of the box, sane defaults.  It is
easy enough to customize Ubuntu after install (with the advantage that
you get to try-as-you-go, rather than having to make blind choices)
that I don't believe that having more options during install is

We don't have to drive all the other distributions into oblivion.
There really are people with different needs, and Ubuntu can not cater
well for absolutely everybody.  To try tends to result in
disappointing everyone.

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