Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 24th Jun 2013 03:00 UTC
Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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RE: restart isn't needed
by moondevil on Mon 24th Jun 2013 06:20 UTC in reply to "restart isn't needed"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

As user friendly as it gets.

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RE[2]: restart isn't needed
by Laurence on Mon 24th Jun 2013 06:33 in reply to "RE: restart isn't needed"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

As user friendly as it gets.

Of course it's not user friendly, it's a kernel variable! Changing such low level settings shouldn't be user friendly as they're very dangerous if you get them wrong and should only be adjusted by people who know what they're doing (or at the very least, understand the risks of tinkering with them).

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RE[3]: restart isn't needed
by orestes on Mon 24th Jun 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE[2]: restart isn't needed"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

In a sense it's very User Friendly. It does exactly what the user wants in a concise and direct way with a minimum of fuss.

The problem is somewhere along the lines "User Friendly" has also come to mean "designed so a mildly retarded field mouse could do it by randomly whacking the buttons enough times without ever knowing the manual existed". The people responsible for this school of thought need to be taken out back and thrashed soundly till they see the error of their ways.

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RE[2]: restart isn't needed
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 24th Jun 2013 08:12 in reply to "RE: restart isn't needed"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

You really think the average user should be provided easy access to giving direct commands to the kernel? I think not. Just be thankful it's even there in the first place for advanced who actually know what the hell they're doing. The vast majority of people don't even know what "swappiness" is (and probably never will, let alone ever hear the word).

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RE[3]: restart isn't needed
by WorknMan on Mon 24th Jun 2013 16:35 in reply to "RE[2]: restart isn't needed"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

You really think the average user should be provided easy access to giving direct commands to the kernel?


Absolutely. I think every option in the entire OS should be easy to access. If it's something that might break the system, you give 'em a flashing WARNING dialog first... that should be sufficient. Of course, in a work environment, you should definitely lock that stuff down, though the command to do that is probably just as ass backwards as the one to change the kernel setting ;)

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RE[2]: restart isn't needed
by Bishi on Mon 24th Jun 2013 10:03 in reply to "RE: restart isn't needed"
Bishi Member since:
2009-08-27

It's an admin setting. And it is as admin friendly as it gets, indeed.

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