[ubuntu-uk] Research Required

Yorvyk yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Wed Dec 29 21:07:05 GMT 2010

On Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:20:11 +0000
Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:

> On 28 December 2010 19:45, Nigel Verity <nigelverity at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > ...
> > I installed Ubuntu 10.4 LTS. I removed the bottom task bar completely so as
> > not to complicate matters with the concept of workspaces. I moved the top
> > task bar to the bottom of the screen, then added the task list applet so
> > that open applications would each be represented by a familiar button. I
> > removed the Firefox and Help icons to complete the Windows look-and-feel as
> > far as possible.
> My experience with setting up Windows users with Ubuntu has been that
> the top and bottom bars have not been an issue.  Users are, after all,
> experienced with application menus and toolbars at the top of windows,
> which is more or less what the top bar is.  I think trying to make it
> as much like Windows as possible is unnecessary.  Better to
> concentrate on making users aware that they are getting something
> better, they then expect it to be different, and as long as the
> operation is logical and simple there will be few problems.  If we try
> to convince users that they are getting a windows clone they may
> complain about the differences that they will find.  If we convince
> them they are getting something that is better (_and_ free) then they
> are more likely to accept the differences, or even revel in them.
I'm with you on that one.  I would never attempt to make Ubuntu look or behave like windows.  I want the user to know it is different, but similar.  One of the other things I try to discourage is icons on the desktop, it smacks of disorganised behaviour to me.
> By all means set the workspaces to one to get rid of that complexity though.
This I don't agree with as multiple workspaces are one of the best ways of organising oneself.

Steve Cook (Yorvyk)


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