Fedora 14 (two releases away folks) Feature proposal

John Poelstra poelstra at redhat.com
Mon Oct 12 17:34:33 UTC 2009

Bill Nottingham said the following on 10/12/2009 09:20 AM Pacific Time:
> Rex Dieter (rdieter at math.unl.edu) said: 
>>> I think performing an experiment that switches all the defaults,
>>> invalidates the docs, walkthroughs, etc. and associated community
>>> knowledge is a *really bad idea* ...
>> I consider it an important and valuable opportunity, to clarify,
>> improve, and expand upon all those things you mentioned, but color me a
>> glass-half-full kind of guy.
> The various different desktops do have different design goals and
> use cases; pretending otherwise is folly. If we decide that the use
> cases and users we want to target are better served by a particular
> desktop, then we *should* switch the default, and concentrate our resources
> there to put our best foot forward by default. But without making that
> decision, switching the defaults arbitrarily seems pointless and
> harmful to me. The tone of the suggestion seemed to be 'let's change
> the default, to prove that we can and our process works'. Is the 'process'
> really the goal here? I don't think it should be. Our goal should be
> producing useful software for our users; w ithout users, we're just an
> experiment.
> Bill

I completely agree with Bill's line of reasoning here.


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