[ubuntu-uk] Google Chrome

Robert McWilliam rmcw at allmail.net
Mon Sep 1 22:46:27 BST 2008

On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 09:12:48PM +0100, Philip Wyett wrote:
> What is really beginning to worry me is that there is too much choice of
> applications in the Open Source world. Instead of working to make what
> we have better and bite into bug #1 and give users a base set of
> applications they can get comfortable with and trust, we are going to
> leave maybe switchers to Linux with the mass confusion of which
> application is best and sticking with Windows.

That's kind of missing the whole point of open source. The advantage
of distributed and uncontrolled development is that everybody goes in
whichever direction they want and explores the possibilities for
solving a problem to their own satisfaction. The fact there are a
multitude of solutions is an advantage as we can each select from them
to get something we are happy with. 

Dictating the "right" way of doing something and getting everybody to
work on it is highly unlikely to actually get the best solution as
there is no perfect person to be the dictator. It also precludes the
possibility that there are a range of options because different people
want different things.

If you want someone else to do the choosing then you can go for your
distro's default and not worry about it. 

It really annoys me when people preset choice as a problem. It might
be intimidating to a new user if they are presented with a huge number
of options but that is an argument for how we should be presenting
things to the new user not an argument for limiting the choices

OK, I'll stop ranting now :)

Robert McWilliam     rmcw at allmail.net    www.ormiret.com

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