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Re: [desktop] Some comment on the tenets

On Thu, Oct 24, 2002 at 03:30:40PM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-10-24 at 12:18, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > They're important if we don't want to induce premature brain death in
> > our users, like Microsoft does.  A desktop built around the premise that
> > novice and expert are two quantum states with nothing between may result
> > in more Debian users, but it also guarantees that those users will never
> > have any opportunity to expand their knowledge and become experts --
> Are you seriously saying that we'd be introducing "premature brain
> death" by making it a painless process for "generally smart" people like
> my mathemetician friends to install Debian without getting bogged down
> in pointless technical details like DHCP (in the dbootstrap network
> configuration phase) and MIME (the less application/* handler)?

But words like DHCP should not be hidden. If something goes wrong, the
user should be able to ask someone for help, and just the word "DHCP"
may help here.

If the user is setting up a box in a network, he should ask the
sysadmin if there is something like a DHCP server around, and if not
ask him for an IP (another horribly complicated thing).

How about this in a dialog:

"If you are in a cooperate network, ask your sysadmin if there is a
DHCP server in the network. If not, ask for an IP address. She/he will know
what you want. If you are not in a network, skip this step."

Oliver Kurth
mailto:kurth@leinekanal.de                         http://leinekanal.de

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