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Re: [desktop] The Debian Desktop Project (was: Re: Make Debian better (Re: Two Debian 3.0 reviews at Slashdot))


On Fri, Oct 25, 2002 at 09:55:39PM -0400, Luke Seubert wrote:
> On 10/25/2002 10:44 AM, Keith G. Murphy at keithmur@mindspring.com wrote:
> > Luke Seubert wrote:
> >> That said, I did post a query in this forum asking if Debian Desktop should
> >> consider offering, during the install, IceWM tweaked to look like Win95/98
> >> so that folks coming over from Windows would immediately be in a comfort
> >> zone and quickly productive.  Haven't heard any response to that idea yet.

umm - last i looked IceWM behaves very different from win*** stuff.

> You use Win98 at work, and IceWM at home - switching back and forth.
> Somebody else earlier in these [desktop] threads said that if different GUIs
> are *too* similar in appearance, then the user expects them to behave
> EXACTLY the same.  Good point.

Yes. That would be the case, but having it this way does have the
advantage that users don't meet a completely strange new world of
a GUI and get lost immediately. See below for a suggestion.

> If this is a big problem, maybe we should scrap my idea of offering GUIs
> that look almost exactly like Win98 or WinXP.  Maybe we should offer
> standard Linux GUIs (with Debian themes of course ;-) that look different
> enough from Win 98/XP, so that users will consciously and subconsciously
> expect slightly different behavior.

I like this idea better, but the one big thing to do in order
to make ex windows users feel happy is to put up an online course
that gets started automatically that says something along:
"You are new here? Start exporing the facilities here, or read
a short summary for your quick start here." Like it does on
Windows when you first log in, and, well, a bit more advanced
than the Emacs tutorial if possible.

> There is a common standard for clipboard behavior.  KDE and Gnome are there,
> if I am not mistaken.  Pity that bloatware Mozilla is not :-/

Since I don't use them on a regular basis, is it possible now to
cut&paste between KDE and Gnome applications?


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