On Wed, 2014-10-22 at 01:28 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote: > Then you have no clue about what that means. What exactly do yo refer to? Not providing a default DE? I rather thought about a solution like the one the EU enforced on Microsoft with the browser selector: The interactive debian installation could just present a list of DE's that are commonly agreed to work in most cases for the current platform. E.g. majors like GNOME, KDE, LXDE, MATE, XFCE, perhaps also Cinnamon. And one could even make a sub menu like "other desktop environments" where one could select the rarer choices (bare X+twm, and so on). That lists could every time be randomised and no pre-selection being made. I'd expect that the average Debian user knows what he/she wants anyway, so I don't think we'd have a lot users who sit in front of that screen and basically don't know how to move on. And even if there would be such users, when the tasksel maintainers make a good choice of the majors list, then it shouldn't really matter what such user selects, since anything would work for him. Additionally one might even provide some additional information about each of the DEs, which may help in the selection process. And one could provide a parameter that allows a selection for batch-installation. All that would basically once and for all stop/solve any of the lengthy discussions a la "why isn't XYZ the default, ABC sucks and I hate it". And Debian wouldn't implicitly "discriminate" all the other DE's by choosing XYZ as the default. Cheers, Chris.
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