idea for 10.04

Jonathan Aquilina eagles051387 at
Mon Sep 28 05:02:38 UTC 2009

i concur with you in that aspect. what i have a problem with is implementing
the idea. i lack the programming knowledge at this point in time. after
getting a gui would it be a good idea to run a script after this first login
to allow for users to customize the catagories we mentioned?

On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 10:59 PM, Conrad Knauer <atheoi at> wrote:

> (Only replying on ubuntu-devel-discuss + e-mail)
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 6:17 AM, Jonathan Aquilina
> <eagles051387 at> wrote:
> > give the users at some point during the installation process options of
> what
> > office suite browser and mail client they would like installed. the list
> of
> > options will include the defaults of the respective desktops environments
> as
> > well as alternative options.
> >
> > if you could provide feed back as to if this is a good idea, and if so
> how
> > can i begin working on implementing it on lucid.
> 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; next people will say 'but why
> not have choices for web browsers then?' and others will want media
> player options and others will want game choice options and etc etc
> etc.  You are trying to please everybody (e.g. note
> )
> but in the process the install will become much more of a chore,
> especially for people (I suspect a significant majority) who would
> just pick the defaults anyway.
> Constructive criticism: a much better idea would be for users to
> choose to run this *after* an install; much like the current "software
> center" (formerly "software store") in Karmic except narrowed down to
> just a few categories (e.g. "office suite browser and mail client" as
> you suggested and maybe a few others, as I mentioned) which would be
> of most interest to people (I would recommend limiting the categories,
> otherwise you're just duplicating what's already available in
> "Add/Remove...").  Be sure to make it very informative (text +
> screenshots would be nice) so that users who don't know much about the
> alternatives understand the differences.
> Sincerely,
> Conrad Knauer

Jonathan Aquilina
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