[Mageia-discuss] Suggestions

Michael Scherer misc at zarb.org
Sat Oct 23 18:17:43 CEST 2010

Le samedi 23 octobre 2010 à 23:54 +0800, Kira a écrit :
> 在 Sat, 23 Oct 2010 23:51:19 +0800, Wayne Sallee  
> <Wayne at waynesallee.com>寫道:
> > It gives a second desktop to fall back on, and guarantees all  
> > dependencies for KDE or GNOME aps, provides a fall back method to adjust  
> > setting such as font and such for desktop aps used in the other desktop,  
> > and gives the newbe the ease of switching to the other desktop until  
> > they decide which one they like. And installing both desktops is an easy  
> > way to install all standard aps for both desktops, and that new standard  
> > apps for the unused desktop is installed with desktop updates, so that  
> > it's there if you need it. Just like I like to have several internet  
> > browsers even though I rarely use the others. If one is giving you  
> > trouble, you can try the other.
> For fallback purpose, then you should get a light-weighted, but full  
> feature
> DE, which is not GNOME/KDE's strength. Currently in FREE version, the  
> fallback
> DE is LXDE, which does its job right and is really useful.

Excuse me, but in which case does people requires a fallback ?

Should we install nginx along apache to offer a fallback ? Should we
install another distribution along mandriva, to get a fallback ?
I do not think so, so why would a DE be so different on that matter ?

The only case I can see is when the regular DE is broke in the devel
version and this case do not really apply to users of stable release. 

And installing 2 ( or more ) DEs will :
- double the QA work
- increase the load on mirror in case of updates ( since every default
user will get gnome and kde update )
- increase the installation time ( because you have more packages to
unpack )
- likely increase the complexity of the menu ( unless we decide that kde
software do not appear in gnome and vice versa ), which is turn is bad
for most users, especially those that do not know the distribution
- will likely provides a bad user experience when it come to program
association ( ie, what will be started when I click on a text file,
gedit, kate ? )

So to me, this is not really worth the tradeoff.

Michael Scherer

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