Idea: easier transition for newcomers from other DEs/OSes

Adam Jackson ajackson at
Fri Aug 24 18:04:47 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-08-24 at 19:15 +0200, Martin Sourada wrote:
> Hi,
> It's all about picking default settings new users wish. Imagine a user
> who is coming from Windows to Fedora, but he has no clue how linux
> works. It would greatly help him if the linux behaved to some extent
> similar to Windows - meaning applications look (themes), window's
> buttons layout (in this case same), menu layout, keyboard shortcuts etc.
> The same for users coming from Mac OS and for users used to Gnome and
> switching to KDE and opposite way. The idea is that user selects what he
> wants his desktop resemble, and then the usage of the desktop would be
> more intuitive to him.

Bzzt, logical fallacy.  Read about the uncanny valley, then apply that
lesson to your argument.  Point for point emulation is not just
technically infeasible, it's also a really really bad idea.

- ajax

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