Re: woody : X install
* Colin Walters <firstname.lastname@example.org> [021021 23:25]:
> Speaking with my Debian Desktop hat on, I would prefer it if you took
> the approach of just trying what the autodetection tools said, and only
> if that fails, offer the user a choice of options. If the autodetection
> tools give incorrect information, then that's a bug in those tools we
> should fix. If the X server doesn't get enough information from the
> autodetection tools, then we should fix that.
I think this is a very bad idea. Autodetection will never be accurate
and there will always be systems where autodetection just screw up the
system to a state where one needs a hard reset.
There has to be some possibility to prevent it doing nasty things.
> Even something as seemingly innocuous to us technical users as "video
> card" is confusing to a lot of people. Let alone stuff like "refresh
> rate" and "pixel depth". We should strive to make software Just Work
> whereever possible.
A person not able to understand such basic terms should not install
anything in my eyes. Thats like suggesting to make the root-password
"password" by dafault, as non-technical users often have no
understanding for the concept of "password".
Some autodetection is a very worthy goal and will really help.
But introducing it in a way users of non-mainstream hardware or wishes
can no longer use Debian is anything else but good.
Bernhard R. Link
<gEistiO> sagen wir mal...ich hab alle sourcen in /lost+found/waimea
<me> gEistiO: [...] Warum lost+found?
<gEistiO> wo haette ich es denn sonst hingeben solln?