default applications for natty

Charlie Kravetz cjk at
Fri Jan 7 23:14:26 UTC 2011

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On Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:49:14 +0100
Oliver Brakmann <obrakmann at> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 2011-01-07 21:41, Charlie Kravetz wrote:
> > I don't think we can compete directly, ram for ram, cpu for modern cpu,
> > hard drive space, etc.
> At this point I'd just like to mention that it's the year 2011.  Even a
> five year old system will have a 2Ghz CPU (maybe even dual-core), at
> least one Gig of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.  At which point do you
> think it might be feasible to drop the "Xubuntu is for under-powered
> machines" thing?

Thank you for bringing that up. Anyone up to the job of marketing and
writing about Xubuntu not being for those machines only? 

> > I think we have to stand as an alternative to
> > Gnome, and if a review does not favor that, maybe that review is not
> > the one to show.
> > 
> > As for using Gnome, the recommendation may be valid, but Ubuntu Natty
> > will not have Gnome 3, and will default to Unity.
> Well, considering this, how about you shift your priorities away from
> the low-end systems thing, and instead focus on those users that like
> Gnome the way it is now (panel-based user interface) and don't want any
> social network-aware, everything-is-in-the-cloud GUI?
> (yeah, I know that Natty will still offer the Gnome panel interface. But
> it won't be as polished, will slowly bit-rot, and bugs with it will have
> a lower priority.)
> Regards,
> Oliver
> PS: I've been using Xubuntu since the Breezy days and, while it's
> awesome, the most annoying thing about it is the apparent need to change
> the set of default applications every six months. Why do that?
> Stick to one thing, and improve those parts that need tending to!
> PPS: I do appreciate that the default applications are Recommends: and
> not Depends: of xubuntu-desktop anymore.  That was a good move!

I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that we should not jump to do
things just because of a single review. We need to evaluate what is
best for the Xubuntu users, not the magazine/blog reviewers. 

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