Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 16:07 UTC
Linux "I am proud to announce the official release of Symphony OS Alpha 4. Alpha 4 includes the KNOPPIX version of the 2.6.11 Linux Kernel and an updated base based on Knoppix 3.9, numerous improvements to the Mezzo Desktop environment, includes synaptic for package management, beagle for local searching, supports freedesktop.org .desktop files in the Programs target, and much more."
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RE: Interesting point....
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 20:27 UTC in reply to "Interesting point...."
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2005-06-29

I love customization and my particular customizations make it easier for everday computing.

Yes, but how much work could you have done in the time you spent customizing your machine?

When I install my Zeta, I'm basically done. Everything is set properly by default, I can get working *immediatly*. Whereas with almost all other operating systems, I need hours and hours of work to get it to a level where I can finally get to getting some friggin' work done.

A simple method of shortening the time between install and getting some work done, is by limiting the options one can alter. This way, you're basically forcing the user to adapt, but after a few days, you'll have gotten more work done *in total*, than when you first spend hours and hours tweaking it.

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RE[2]: Interesting point....
by Wintermute on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 20:58 in reply to "RE: Interesting point...."
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2005-07-30

Yes, but how much work could you have done in the time you spent customizing your machine?

Not that much if you consider my setup (no icons, autohide toolbar, couple of startmenu tweaks). Of course I've spent hours on end trying various shells and customization programs.

[i]This way, you're basically forcing the user to adapt, but after a few days, you'll have gotten more work done *in total*.[i]

Arguable, some degree of customization should be allowed. Perhaps as some sort of easy to install addon module, but the option should be there. Of course sane defaults should also be a priority, so at least most users won't need to waste time on messing around with their setup.

P.S. I never said I have anything against this design. Just IMHO, its not suitable for me and another small minority.

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RE[2]: Interesting point....
by on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 22:11 in reply to "RE: Interesting point...."
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A simple method of shortening the time between install and getting some work done, is by limiting the options one can alter.

The availability of choice isn't what makes me customize--it's the fact that I don't like the default choice. If an OS gets everything perfect, I'm not going to waste my time tweaking things...but if there's something that I don't like, I damn well want to be able to change it.

If an OS gives me no choice to configure, if there's a behavior I consider a show stopper it means the only choice left to me is to use another OS.

All that said, Mezzo is pretty neat. I just really dislike the design philosophy of deliberately limiting choice.

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