Another Ubuntu Hoary Hedgehog review and some notes on MPT's
mdz at ubuntu.com
Sun Apr 10 17:34:19 CDT 2005
(following up to ubuntu-devel rather than sounder, since this is on-topic
there. Please direct followups to ubuntu-devel only)
On Sun, Apr 10, 2005 at 05:04:42PM -0500, J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
> - Point #42: "Unmount"ing something is technical sounding. Something less
> technical should be used. Ejecting a disc is fine. Perhaps there is
> something one could use to describe disconnecting a camera (like
> "Disconnect camera")?
I agree; however, no terminology has yet been suggested which creates the
> - Point #43: GNOME's CD player is also bad because it only works with
> analog connections. If programs should "just work", CD players should play
> ripped audio. I look forward to seeing a Sound Juicer that also plays and
> records ripped audio so the list of apps to do this job are short and
Unfortunately, it is not possible to automatically determine which method
should be used on a particular system.
> - Generally, far more integration is needed. Apps should not try to do
> online things when there is no working network connection.
NetworkManager will provide the basis for this kind of integration; however,
I disagree that it is needed in order to provide a good user experience.
Where this integration is available, we will take advantage of it, but where
it is not, this should not be considered a bug.
> - Point #66: Bugzilla is too hard for novices to use (and therefore will
> not be used by them). Novices shouldn't have to care about what X.org,
> Nautilus, Metacity, etc. are or what makes them different from one another.
> I think most novices will identify them collectively as some high-level
> class like "the GUI" or somesuch thing. Ubuntu makes more of an effort
> than other organizations do with their Bugzillas, but there needs to be a
> feedback mechanism that lets users quickly give a short reflection on an
> arbitrary section of the OS. The hardware database wizard (or whatever
> it's called) is a step in the right direction.
Bugzilla is not intended to be used by novices. In order for a bug report
to be genuinely useful, it must be written with a certain amount of
understanding of the workings of the system. Otherwise, too much time is
spent teaching the user how to explain their problem.
This is the crucial difference between a bug report and a support request,
and Bugzilla is exclusively for bug reports.
> - GNOME (or perhaps its metacity) needs a way to let the user set the size
> of common UI elements. The problem with working in bitmaps is that as
> screen resolution increases, the overall size of bitmaps decrease. So it's
> hard for me to click on the tiny scrollbar buttons, scrollbar well, and
> scrollbar at 1600x1200 despite that I need that much area for doing work in
> other programs.
I run at 1600x1200 and find the sizes quite comfortable. I think it may be
possible to use scalable graphics for some UI elements, but in general it is
quite difficult to achieve good results this way.
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