[Mageia-discuss] Suggestions

Juergen Harms Juergen.Harms at unige.ch
Sat Oct 23 10:49:39 CEST 2010

The structure of packages as they are offered in the installer tries 
somehow to address this issue. The affiliation of packages to groups and 
sub-groups has been changed serveral times - an evident indication that 
the need to change has already been perceived.

The problem with the existing concept is that it is part of the 
installer and is not flexible enough, and that the primary criterium for 
attributing packages to a group appears to be a "how to sort" question - 
not the question how to make things easy for a user with a given profile 
whose background is not that of a "package-picker".

I think that the non-package-picker issue is important. All who 
participate in this discussion have a long trained Linux mentality and 
just relish having tens of different approaches to select from. Talking 
about hooking new users means talking to people who have a different 
education (I agree, they are doomed to end up being Linux-minded - but 
at the moment they discover Linux they are not). That indicates: 
approaches like lists of proposed programs are only second-best.

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