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Re: [desktop] why kde and gnome's menu situation sucks


On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 09:16:52AM -0400, Luke Seubert wrote:

> On 10/22/2002 8:09 PM, Joel Baker at lucifer@lightbearer.com wrote:
> > Stipulating that a shallow menu is preferable (since otherwise, this
> > situation doesn't exist), is there any reason not to simply make this call
> > x-terminal-emulator? Or at least some other alternatives-based attempt at
> > letting folks configure it locally? (If you want user-level, presumably
> > you're already beating on your own config files...)
> >
> Ach.  This gets into one of the great conundrums that will face Debian
> Desktop - simplicity versus flexibility/configurability/power.  It is very
> hard to have both at the same time in many instances.
> If simplicity is the goal, then Debian Desktop is going to have to select a
> set of choices in the menu which will mean making choices for users -
> period.  

If I may add another blanket statement: software design is all about
making choices. The decision to "just make it configurable so that we
can forget about the issue" is often a poor one.

Flexibility is good, but it's hardly a reason for landing your users
with a DIY-kit. IMHO.



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