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Re: Applications install should be idiot proof

On Sun, 26 Jul 2009, Nelson Chan wrote:

i've just read  http://blogs.computerworld.com/ubuntu_to_make_linux_application_installation_idiot_proof
he got a pretty good idea, see the 2nd last paragraph:
I may know that Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, and Songbird are all noteworthy Linux music players, but come on! Does anyone
beside another Linux expert know that? Letting users choose a program by say clicking on "music player" and then picking
one makes all the sense in the world.
The idea is that newbies are likely have no idea what amarok,rhythmbox are, so does other applications  Totem, abiword,
Brasero..etc.  what they know are the general type of the software --- Music player, movie player, office suite, CD/DVD
Also i tried to search for "music player" in Add/Remove Software, interestingly, it gives extremely odd and pointless
result..(try that yourself)
So i can see why newbies are pull their hair off and *CAN"T GET THINGS DONE*, and claim *fedora sucks*
See this fact, i think that we should classify some applications under their type.
For instance,  have   Rhythmbox, amarok ..etc  under "Music Player"

The above is just a suggestion, hoping to help brain storming more better approaches.
But i think that the idea is kinda a must for Windows and Mac OS X users to get comfort with Linux/fedora.

something on track for Fedora 13 is tags for packages. So you can add arbitrary keywords/phrases for packages that then yum/PK can search on.


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