[Pkg-xfce-devel] Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

Olav Vitters olav at vitters.nl
Mon Aug 11 18:24:52 UTC 2014

On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:41:54AM -0400, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> Of course as for gnome as a default, unless it can have sane defaults
> where it behaves as the vast majority of computer users are used to a
> desktop working, then I don't think it is a usable desktop.  That means
> it needs buttons on windows that people expect to see where they expect
> to see them, and things behaving as they expect them to behave.
> Would Debian be willing to make gnome3 have different defaults than
> upstream in the interest of actually being useable to new users who are
> used to other operating systems and desktops?

GNOME 3.12 has sane defaults and works perfectly. Obviously we'll
improve it further with GNOME 3.14. If Debian comes with a well
researched list of requirements then I'm all for it. I think there are
various areas where we could improve, especially on user testing.

Note that e.g. Windows Vista as well as Windows 7 do not work similarly
to GNOME 2, nor XFCE. So I'd prefer if the "truths" / arguments
proclaimed are backed up with e.g. usability research.


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