Re: Installation Report for Sarge
Ross Burton <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> A typical example is: If you want to install some package you heard
>> about, type "aptitude install FOO" -- they _love_ that.
> Or point them at "Synaptic Package Manager" in the Applications menu,
> and they get to point and click without having to remember the aptitude
> keystrokes when they don't know what they want.
No, the point was that just invoking it from the terminal was in many
cases _easier_ to explain than any of these "package managers"
(synaptic, the last time I used it was particularly weird, but
admittedly that was a long time ago). This is especially true when one
is doing the explaining over the phone.
> Personally I use the terminal all day in GNOME, but I feel that it
> should be removed as people who don't know what a terminal is will be
> very, very confused by it.
Y'all keep saying "people will get _confused_", but nobody ever actually
says what that means, or what the actual problem is. Even for people
that are simply too dim/hidebound to ever learn to use a terminal, how
exactly does having that button there confuse them, or make their life
more difficult? If they click on it accidentally, it's ... a window --
they know about those. It has a close button -- they know about those
too. It doesn't look particularly threatening. Clicking around without
a mouse won't be all that useful, but neither is it harmful or
frightening. Dollars to donuts that even this particularly skittish
class of users will simply get bored after a while and close the window;
gosh what a horrid blow to their user experience _that_ was!
Having _lots_ of icons with obscure meanigns could be harmful, because
they can obscure the icons are more obvious, but just _one_ is a quite
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