[K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop
steve.hargadon at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 14:59:29 UTC 2005
I think the work with Ubuntu will make a difference in this area. The
default desktop background looks "snappy" in Ubuntu from my
On 6/8/05, Eric Harrison <eharrison at mail.mesd.k12.or.us> wrote:
> 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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