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Re: We need easier installation.

Along these lines, I would have to go with one thought: eye candy.  For
the new user, it is all about GUI and point and click.  The more advanced
users already know about emacs, vi etc..as a user progresses, he will
learn of the benefits of quick editing in vi, and other things that set
unix apart.  

I think one of the hardest things for us to do is to put ourselves in
their shoes.  I don't think it would be too hard to determine that
Netscape Mail is a little easier to use than 'mail'.  There is no reason
why two applications in the same catagory cannot earn the 5 star rating,
quake2 and squake (BTW is there now glquake package?) will no doubtably
be such an example.  

I think it is also critical for us to set up a standard window/desktop 
manager configuration.  Maybe GNOME, or if KDE gets their stuff together.
This will eliminate a lot of confusion on the installation, between the
differences of an Xserver and a Window Manager.  I know that there are
better wm, as far as speed, and memory usage goes, but I think we should
go back to the idea of eye candy.


 On Fri, 23 Oct 1998, M.C.
Vernon wrote:

> > And how.  It is very inconvenient to have to go through the text-mode
> > configuration question-and-answer interspersed with byte-code
> > compilation and other time-consuming tasks. 
> > 
> > > 
> > > gimp: <descript>
> > > 
> > > Application: Develop graphics for a variety of purposes, web pages, icons,
> > > backgrounds, photo touch-up, etc
> > > blah, blah, blah
> > 
> > This could be addressed by clarifying package descriptions or by
> > adding a new field
> > 
> >   purpose:
> The problem is: who decides which are the good editors, and which are the
> good games and the good maths packages.....?
> vi and emacs are both feature-laden text editors, but most people seem to
> think that one is wonderful and one is err..... ;)
> Matthew
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