[K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop

luis.montes at cox.net luis.montes at cox.net
Wed Jun 8 15:20:26 UTC 2005

windows 3.1 ? IceWm has xp as the default skin.

In regards to default wallpaper,
Anyone know if there is there any issues with bandwith? I've left the default for the school blank, somehow hoping that X was better able to refresh a plain background accross the network.
I could be way off. And if I am, I'm going to encourage that the kids customize there wallpaper next year. Maybe have an exercise where they create the wallpaper with tuxpaint.


> From: Rob Owens <hick518 at yahoo.com>
> Date: 2005/06/08 Wed AM 06:10:15 EDT
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: [K12OSN] "marketing" the K12LTSP desktop
> 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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