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Re: [desktop] Some comment on the tenets

On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 22:14:42 +0200
Oliver Kurth <oku@masqmail.cx> wrote:

> 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.

Exactly, there is not point in hiding stuff that are really essential...

> 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."

This is more related to d-i, i guess.

Joakim Kolsjö
A member of The Swedish Linux Society, http://se.linux.org.

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