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Re: [PATCH 14/14] Add an interface to select the fancy filtering UI vs. the regular one.

On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM, Hans de Goede <hdegoede redhat com> wrote:
> On 12/02/2009 03:44 PM, Chris Lumens wrote:
>>> We used to (basically) have that.  Actual user testing showed that the
>>> vast majority of users select advanced/custom because everyone either
>>> feels that their own use case is somehow special or just doesn't want
>>> to feel that they're "missing out" on something.  Even people that are
>>> complete newbies.  I honestly am concerned that we'll have that effect
>>> even with just this screen
>> I'm not really tied to it, so I can certainly remove it.  It's a
>> question of whether the full filtering interface is too much for the
>> casual Fedora user or not.
> IMHO it is too much for the casual user, we have several people requesting
> us to make installation simpler in general, see the recently forwarded mails
> to anacoda-devel list. I'm fan of making an advanced / express installation
> split, and removing as much screens as possible from the express version,
> people are asking for this. So although there might very well be a group of
> users who always choose advanced, there also is a group of users who want a
> 1 click install.

Fully agreed that a) the filtering interface is too much for most
people and b) people want a simpler interface, not a more compelx one.

I *don't* agree that the way to the simpler interface is the screen
that's essentially
     (*) Simple install
     ( )  Custom/Advanced/Complex install

Those screens have been shown on *many* occasions to not be effective
for real usage scenarios.  Both with anaconda and hundreds of other
software products.  And the reason why is that when you're presented
with that sort of choice, there is a very real sense of regret in
choosing the simple/express/easy version because you think that you're
"missing out".

- Jeremy

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