Board efforts: scope, concept, and permission?

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Wed Feb 3 02:29:33 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-02-02 at 17:07 -0500, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> An interesting note here is that target audience is of no use in deciding
> this.  KDE and GNOME aim for the same target audiences but have different
> ideas of how to reach them.  The details that moving forward or staying back
> with these libraries and services would entail is not about target audience
> but more about Fedora being being on the leading edge of technology.  Even
> that isn't a good fit for making a decision as there's no demand that
> everything move forward -- any app might be on the leading edge in one
> technology even when some other pieces of its underpinings are more stodgy. 

I think if you look closer at KDE vs Gnome you will find a difference in
the target audience.  One one hand you have people who want to use their
computer to do tasks, and have the operating system stay out of the way,
and on the other hand you have people who want to be able to configure
their computer to work in a very specific to them way and have the
operating system allow them to make these configuration choices.

I'm blowing up a subtle difference, but it's that subtle difference that
is very clear in Gnome vs KDE, and it becomes an interesting point.  Do
we, the project wish to default to a product that targets the people who
just want to use their computers easily without tweaking every last
detail, or do we wish to default to a product that caters to the
tinkerers and the tweakers and those that wish to have total control
over how their system works?

But you are right, not only are we picking a target audience, but we're
also picking a route to that target audience.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
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