Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 03 2007,21:28
Umm, what are the "advertised benefits of DSL" in general?
I think you're putting words in my mouth when you say that I'm "arguing" for users to be "pushed to" do things they can't or don't understand. Send a Windows user a DOC attachment and it opens in Word automagically when it's clicked. Give someone a copy of an MP3 (legally, of course) and they click on the MP3 and it opens in Windows Media Player, WinAmp, or whatever program they've set to handle that particular kind of data by default. Send someone a link and they'll click on it and it'll open in whichever default browser they use. Or they can use a desktop shortcut to launch the application and do what it's supposed to.
They generally don't open Notepad, search for a document, and then open it. It's the other way around. They browse for the file they want, click, and it's opened in its associated application.
This is what DSL 4 does. DSL 4 is really not as radical as you suggest, nor alien to how most Windows refugees are used to doing things. The most common "see-icon-click" applications are in the tray. I would propose adding sylpheed to it since that's one that isn't as data-centric (where you have a MIME/file type to open when you boot up). But for the most part, they should know from reading the "Getting Started" document what's available and where. They shouldn't have an eyesore of disparate icons thrown in their faces.
I think the earlier versions of DSL with all those icons are the ones less intuitive for Windows users because there's a presumption they even know how to find files, or where to put them, once they click and open an application. No? How many posts are from people trying to figure out permissions, or who quickly abandon running as user dsl for the power they can have as root?
Robert mentioned doing a video. I made two stupid little ones that really didn't get to the heart of the differences between versions. He's right and there needs to be more "instruction." Maybe I'll add a few more later this week.
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