Mini survey

Jani Monoses jani.monoses at
Fri Feb 10 17:49:38 UTC 2006

On 2/10/06, j Mak <joz_mak at> wrote:
>  Recently, I've converted my friend's 13 year old daughter to Linux
> because her windows got infected every one or two months with viruses and
> spy-ware. Now, she uses Ubuntu and happy because she can visit all the virus
> infected download sites without being afraid of getting viruses. But to make
> her satisfied I had to install a few additional programs like  Limewire,
> mplayer with the codecs and dvd libraries and F-Spot; now she can do the
> same things with Linux she got used to doing on the windows. This gave me a
> chance to learn about her and her friend's surfing and user habits, and
> helped me to figure what were the most important of programs teenagers
> couldn't live without.
>  - a messenger program like Gaim for chatting
> - a file exchange program like Limewire
> - a good music player
> - a video program, like mplayer
> - an image viewer that can retrieve images from cameras, like F-Spot
>  If xubuntu is intended for the average users rather than specialists, I
> think the default applications should reflect this. From this point of view
> the Gimp, Inkscape, Dia are not even

Right, it is definitley intended for average users so the programs you
mention would be nice if we had low resource and nice alternatives (I bet
f-spot is not low resource)
but we do not compete with ubuntu/kubuntu as they're in a far better
position to provide the average users with  ms-windows like niceness.
For instance the good music/video player points are not as much technical as
license/patenting related, this is why unfortunatley even ubuntu can't play
things the average user would want out of the box.So whether we put
gxine/xfmedia/mplayer as default is not as important as the plugins we
include. With no mp3 and many common video formats unavailable
the app does not matter that much.
But I am sure we can have both inskcape/dia and home user apps along on the
CD they do not exclude each other, the only blocking criteria are
availability and those written in the wiki.

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