idea for 10.04
pgoetz at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Sep 28 16:43:29 UTC 2009
Conrad Knauer wrote:
>>give the users at some point during the installation process options of what
>> office suite browser and mail client they would like installed.
> Short answer: this is a bad idea.
> Longer answer: the whole point of an Ubuntu install is to keep it as
> simple as possible with sane defaults;
Although what you say is certainly true, I can easily see new users
using an install as a way to acquaint themselves with what options are
available and being able to make choices when they already know what
they want to use. An MS Windows or Mac user migrating to linux will
already know about Thunderbird, for example; evolution, not so much.
And without the choice, one ends up with a desktop with evolution icons
everywhere, an unnecessary /usr/lib/evolution/evolution-data-server-2.26
running in the background, and so on, while the ability to make just a
couple of choices could result in a fully functional desktop immediately.
I occasionally open Synaptic just to familiarize myself with available
packages by browsing through the package descriptions. By far the
biggest strength (and OK, maybe weakness, too) of OSS is the plethora of
choices; knowing about some of the major ones might not be such a bad
idea and could certainly help convince a new user that, "wow, this is
much cooler than windows".
I think the applicable principle is that any problem can be solved by
adding one additional layer of abstraction. In this case, the install
would be abstracted to just one choice: Give me the default Ubuntu
desktop install or let me select from options, which would take the user
down the path of firefox, chrome, or both; evolution, kmail, or
thunderbird, and so on. Wouldn't that satisfy both points of view?
More information about the Ubuntu-devel-discuss