[Mageia-dev] What do you think about create a Mageia WelcomeCenter?

andré andr55 at laposte.net
Thu Sep 30 18:09:56 CEST 2010

atilla ontas a écrit :
> 2010/9/29 André Machado<afmachado at dcemail.com>:
>>> I'd say that Gustavo is right on this one. What do we really want : a
>>> setup/configuration tool to help newbies or a welcome page to help newbies
>>> recognized what the different apps in linux are for?
>> Maybe both: we can start showing a page with information and put it an "Advanced
>> options" button what leads to other page with setup/configuration tools.
>> But: place setup/configurations tools in Mageia Welcome Center won't does not
>> become redundant MCC? Or maybe Mageia Welcome center should be a part of MCC?
>> _____
> Welcome Center or Kaptan should more desktop/application assistance
> tool and not replace MCC. This tool should be limited to network
> connection and screen resolution configuration on system level. But
> should i.e. change theme, icons, default web browser setting etc.
> _____
I would say that the welcome centre should be informational, with links 
to the MCC (or subpage of the MCC) where appropriate.
(To be renamed to the "Mageia" Configuration Centre.)

Kaptan would remain useful for configuration of the desktop for KDE 
users, just as the Gnome configuration tool would be useful the Gnome users.
It might be useful for the welcome centre to have a link to the 
appropriate desktop configuration tool, but I would suggest letting such 
tools handle any detailed information/configuration associated with 
their respective environnement.
This would provide a better user experience : no conflicts between the 
welcome centre, not necessarily up to date, and the desktop 
configuration tool.

And enhance the MCC where it would be useful.  Like this, no matter what 
the desktop is chosen (KDE, Gnome, or a lighter variety), the new user 
would have full access to common configuration tools.

There should also be links to the wiki for more details, and to the 
support forums.
Note that the user will not necessarily have Internet access when using 
the welcome centre, so that the welcome centre should be complete enough 
to enable basic configuration.

Also note that already the Mandriva installation cd/dvd's have a fairly 
complete set of basic configuration options, which are not necessarily 
fully understood at this point.
So the welcome centre should be an opportunity to refine such 
configuration, with all the information necessary for both beginner and 
advanced users, for basic configuration.  But again, with the actual 
configuration handled by the existing MCC.

Note that the different desktops favour different applications, and 
users may have different applications installed.
So the welcome centre should adapt to the differences, so this tool 
should be carefully developped with this in mind.  The Linux 
environnement is one of choice, not the "one-size-fits-all" mentality of 
the Microsoft world.

my 2 cents :)

- André (andre999)

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