Subject: Re: WASABI - once more
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Thomas Michael Wanka <Tom@Wanka.at>
Date: 02/13/2001 23:56:50
On 13 Feb 2001, at 9:04, email@example.com wrote:
> it is attractive for users that want know what's going on. for users
> that want click-and-pray interface there is windows.
There is much land between ease of use and a gui. A configuration
file that a command reads parameters from is making a system
more easy to use. Everywhere scripts are written to automate
things and make whatever easier to use.
> do you think making system "easy" will gain more developers?
Do you think that not making a system "easy" will keep potential
developers away? SuSE and other distributions got IBM to port
Linux to the S/390, AS400, and "all" of the other IBM machines, and
I doubt these IBM folks are the least competent developers around.
I very much dislike SuSEs ease of use, as it makes it hard to know
what is going on and I agree, that this kind of "ease of use" is bad
and tends to become a new windows.
> it will gain lot of pseudo-developers that will like "easy
> development" and will be mainly interested in atting new desktop
> themes to kde etc... instead of writing somithing usefu
If they like that they shall do it. I find it good to have te ability to
choose from hundreds of themes (not for K but for some wm I use)
without doing much work.
You have to keep in mind, that e.g. the european community has
strict ergonimics regulations for terminal workplaces that are
mandatory for its members. This regulation includes e.g. minimum
contrast rules, letter sizes and colours for displays etc. and also
IIRC rules for the ease of use a computer system must have.
Under "http://www.tuvit.de/de/download/Windows2000-Linux/" you
can download a short summary of a "Comparative test of Windows
2000 and Linux as network operating systems" (that actually was
paid by MS!). This test shows, that Windows 2000 is of better
usability than Linux as a server OS and and a klient OS (and that it
is more secure too!). This is a nother MS paid document that
indicates how important "ease of use" or "usability" is in the
As long as making it easier does not break something, it does not
do any harm.