Mark McLoughlin markmc at
Thu Nov 11 15:33:16 UTC 2004

Hi Chris,

On Thu, 2004-11-11 at 14:58, chapmanccc at wrote:
> To the developers,
> The Linux operating system is maturing and we all hope that it will be
> a major contender in the home and business markets.  As it approaches
> this goal, the customer base changes.  Linux is no longer the "geek
> OS" it once was.  Where once the predominant profile of a Linux user
> was a young male, you now find fathers and husbands (I am both), women
> (I am married to one) and children (I have three).  Linux is my main
> OS at home and my wife and oldest child also use it.
> With this evolution, a level of professionalism must also take place. 
> Being that the Fedora project is one of the leading consumer Linux
> distributions, I would hope the developers would want to 'lead the
> pack' in this area.
> This brings me to my point.  I was rather disappointed with the
> content in the "WebCollage" and "Barcode" screensavers.  These
> screensavers have since been manually removed from my system, but I
> would have preferred them not to be installed by default.  When I
> install Mac OS or Windows, garbage like this is not included.  Why? 
> Because the developers strive to build a professional product.  Yes, I
> can install items like this with Mac OS or Windows, but I would need
> to download or purchase them after installing the OS.

	I think Ray has recently done work to put some of the screensavers into
a package which isn't installed by default. I agree that it might be
worthwhile to put some of the more geeky screensavers into that package.

	Its always going to be a tough call to decide which ones should be
installed by default and which ones shouldn't, but logging a bug with your suggestions for which ones
shouldn't be installed by default (with a rationale for each

> Developers, please be considerate when creating the Fedora
> distributions and let's strive to make Linux as professional as
> possible.

	Thanks for the advice. I'll start acting more professional tomorrow.


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