Ubuntu Boot Up Logo

Eric S. Johansson esj at harvee.org
Wed Jun 22 19:48:46 UTC 2005

Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On 22/06/05 dan said:
>>"People" simply can't handle lines of white text on a black
>>background. They immediately think something has gone wrong, and for a
>>first time use of a new operating system, it isn't really the reaction
>>we want.
> Please don't dumb-down Linux. Instead, educate the user-base.
> At the very least, I hope there's an option to boot viewing the startup
> output, like Fedora's graphical boot. 
> Emulating MS Windows is not a good thing people. Go beyond. Be better. 

giving Linux polish is not the same is dumbing down.  One aspect of good 
human factors is not overloading the end-user and letting them focuse on 
the task at hand.  In the example given, most people don't care about 
boot up messages.  All they care about is logging in and running a word 
processor or whenever because their job is not running computers. 
Computers are a tool just like a screwdriver, food processor, light 
bulb, or car.  You turn it on and go.

at the same time, any tool should have users serviceable parts inside so 
that if you decide to, you can go in and attempt a repair or at least 
learn something about the tool.


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