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 .desktop files in the Programs target, and much more."
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RE[2]: Interesting point....
by Wintermute on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 20:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Interesting point...."
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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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