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Re: the importance of defaults ( was: Debian default desktop environment )

On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 6:51 AM, Chris Bannister
<cbannister@slingshot.co.nz> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:17:47PM +0200, alberto fuentes wrote:
>> tl;dr
> http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tldr

In this case I used it like, my mail is just my own opinion and if you
dont want to read the mail of yet another skewed opinion, at least
watch the presentation that is the interesting part. Its the subject
of the mail as well, the importance of defaults. which is pretty

> I've always considered Debian to be closer to the NetBSD goals and
> objectives and the derivatives closer to the PC-BSD goals and
> objectives.
> I believe this distinction is important and is currently the source of
> contention within the Debian project.
> Thoughts?

Yeah, well, no default desktop at all and make user pick one is
another option with a lot of supporters. I agree is bikeshedding in
the debian context since the goals of the project are others like you
suggest. Give the user more responsability...

> OTOH, the features which attract some users could be the very features
which scare others away.

Its just a default. Power users can still dont install desktop or the
one they like. This default wont scare anybody away. It only has the
potential to attract more new users that have a first contact if at

I do think defaults are powerful and to have users is very important
as well. Among the "leechers" there are the 2% of new contributors

And I dont think we should be disruptive in the transition to jessie

This mail was intended for another list anyway. Sorry it ended up here
in debian-user

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