[K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop

Eric Harrison eharrison at mail.mesd.k12.or.us
Wed Jun 8 14:52:23 UTC 2005

I'll check to see how hard it is to change the default background, I
don't like it much myself.

Odds are pretty low that it will be practical, however. Seemingly little
changes like this often become huge development burdens, I try to keep
everything "stock" as possible.


Rob Owens wrote:
> I showed K12LTSP to a Windows guy the other day and he
> chuckled "looks like Windows 3.1".  I disagree with
> that, but I do agree that the default background for
> the desktop is not particularly nice looking.  It's
> mostly black, giving the impression that there's no
> desktop at all--just a couple of icons floating in
> space.  I imagine that's the FC3 default.  Would it be
> a big deal to come up with a K12LTSP background that
> better suits the expectations of our target audience?
> I know it seems kind of silly, because the background
> can easily be changed by the user or the
> administrator.  But K12LTSP is often brought into a
> Windows world where many of the users don't know all
> that much about computers.  Many users just want to
> "get in and drive", and many users judge the quality
> of their computer and operating system by how nice it
> looks.
> Personally, I thought the background that came with
> the last version I tried out (I think it was K12LTSP
> 4.2.0) did a good job of making you feel like you had
> a really nice monitor (and that's what people really
> want, I think).  I don't remember much about it except
> it was gray and it looked nice.
> If a K12LTSP-specific default background is chosen, it
> should look nice on old hardware as well as new.  It
> should make users feel like their 15" CRT is just
> fine, and it should make admins feel glad that they
> did not throw away those old trident video cards they
> had laying around for the past 6 years.
> I'm not much of a graphics designer, but I could try
> out a few backgrounds on new and old equipment and
> offer my opinions.
> What does everybody think?
> -Rob
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