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Re: Desktop Linux



Sankarshan Mukhopadhay wrote:

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Rahul Sundaram wrote:



Aza dotzler presentation on requirements for Desktop Linux is a relevant
article for what is appealing to the target audience

http://piercedotzler.com/asa/linux%20%96%20in%20search%20of%20the%20desktop.pdf



Rahul, thanks for the link.

Unfortunately, we seem to be moving in the same loop of *Why can't my
desktop be like Windows ?* Very wrong and not the right way to a good
and proper Linux Desktop.

Both in this presentation and the blog, the issues mentioned relate
mostly to Usability on the Linux Desktop Environments vis-a-vis the
Windows UI. The assumption for this hypothesis is that the Windows UI is
picture perfect - not true at all. Assuming that there is no real need
to clone a Windows UI to make a usable Linux desktop, the real challenge
is to enhance learnability.


We have to make it easy for people to migrate from the Windows UI regardless of its flaws. We dont need to create a perfect clone. That would be monumentally stupid but we can try and understand what makes the current UI a higher learning curve. My opinion is that data migration is of a even higher priority than UI similarity. GNOME and KDE is comfortably close now. There are other points like installing legacy group by default which is trivially easy. Lets say you try to install Real player (ignore for the moment that its a proprietary player, a open source off repository player will do the same thing) on Fedora Core 4, you will get a obscure error about some .so file missing which you will have to rectify by using installing a compat libstdc++ library.

on the other hand, anything above Windows98 (and by that one
includes a majority of the Government offices in India) causes usability
issues in terms of terminal usage/command-line interface, print-tool
usage, browser usage (inexperience with tabs) and mail client feature
requests.


Precisely.  So lets look at the action items here

* Install the legacy group in Anaconda by default for better backward compatibility. The Fedora Extras repository is not going to cover every software out there.
* Mount FAT filesystems by default in first boot. (NTFS is off limits)
* Investigate a tool like openmover.sf.net for data migration after confirmation with user on first boot
* Trim down core to defaults as much as possible


regards
Rahul





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