Abandon "Default Desktop"

"Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" johannbg at hi.is
Tue Apr 28 14:16:17 UTC 2009

Naheem Zaffar wrote:
> 2009/4/27 Arthur Pemberton <pemboa at gmail.com <mailto:pemboa at gmail.com>>
>     On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 5:04 PM, Naheem Zaffar
>     <naheemzaffar at gmail.com <mailto:naheemzaffar at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     >
>     > When Fedora has defaults, to me it means that someone has put
>     some thought
>     > into this, into making it all coherent. And that is a good
>     thing. If I
>     > disagree with any default, I can then try to work around it, but
>     that would
>     > only be a 1% change decision in most cases instead of forcing
>     the end user
>     > to choose 100% of the components.
>     What's the criteria being used to decide the default desktop?
> The people who work on it, develop it choosing choosing the defaults 
> as so. If I did not trust them on their decisions, I would not be 
> using their products (as much?).
> (Trust as opposed to agree as I can disagree and change the 
> settings/programs.)
For the record this thread is not about how they came to decide using Gnome
as the default desktop environment back in the day.

Nor is it about replacing the current default desktop with another one.

It´s about dropping the Default Desktop concept altogether which will 
allow all the
desktop environments to compete on a fair ground amongst them self's in 
the form
of their corresponding live release thus improving innovation and 
further development in that area.

This would aid Fedora in becoming the ideal development platform for 
both existing and emerging projects
instead of hindrance where one application is chosen over the other one.

Let the end user choose what he wants from all the bits we offer instead 
of saying "USE THESE BITS"

So the question is this...

Should we or should we not drop the Default Desktop concept?

If we decided we will abandon default desktop concept only then we can 
start talking about what
are the necessary steps to complete that task.

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