Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Sep 2002 06:48 UTC, submitted by Cesar Cardoso
Red Hat "We see the desktop as only a piece of the entire operating system product; integration must extend beyond the desktop. We also believe that users care most about functionality and integration rather than the underlying technology. For these reasons, we have created a single desktop look and feel for Red Hat Linux rather than maintaining two unrelated configurations." Very good stuff over there from Owen Taylor, the Red Hat Desktop Team member.
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Re: I don't understand Redhat Strategy
by linux_baby on Mon 16th Sep 2002 15:44 UTC

> also don't understand why they don't give the option
> during installation to choose either vanilla KDE,
> vanilla Gnome or their Business Desktop.

Because, Redhat is hoping to make their system easy enough to install/use for everybody else, not just for power users like you. Too much choice is NOT good. It is overwhelming and intimidating for most people.

"Vanilla KDE", "vanilla Gnome", and "Business Desktop"? Good idea, but it would be immensely confusing to most not-very technical people. Really, other than geeks, who cares if you desktop is called, "gnome", "kde", or whatever? People just want a smooth, pretty, functional desktop to get their work done!

If you care about having these desktop options, you probably have enough skills, or enough motivation, to get whatever your preferences are.

I applaud Redhat's direction. And no, I don't use the default desktop: My preference: using Crystal Icons + some prefered KDE icons in gnome.