What are the objectives for Xfce 4.4?
Brian J. Tarricone
bjt23 at cornell.edu
Wed Feb 2 01:13:37 CET 2005
Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Total control/flexibility is not a worth goal for me, since it turns
> Xfce back in the geek area, and since I'm no geek, I don't want to be
Then I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree - I *am* a geek. I
also happen to believe that it's possible to keep the flexibility, but
have sane defaults that allow non-geeks to just leave it as-is and get
their work done. I fall into both camps depending on my mood.
Sometimes I do just want to type a single command that installs an app,
then start up the app and get straight to work using it (and not
configuring it). Other times I find something interesting and I just
want to spend hours messing around with it. Depending on the app, it
may not be possible to maximise productivity with the default settings -
even defaults that you'd otherwise consider sane. I think a desktop
environment can fall strongly into this category since it's something
that's always there, and users often have very different needs (no, I'm
not saying that it's possible - or even a good idea - to try to be
everything for everyone).
I happen to think that a modular, distributed (not really the right
word) file manager is a nifty idea, and has some useful applications in
a desktop environment. But perhaps it's not within Xfce's philosophy.
Benny, it seems that your desire to code is based mainly on a desire to
make useful things. There's nothing wrong with that: I share that
desire as well. But I divide that with a desire to work on interesting
problems that may or may not have application to the job at hand.
Perhaps your more practical outlook is an artifact of coding as a
profession; I dunno. Amateur psychologist Brian is too tired to think
right now. Anyway, speaking of professions, I need to get some actual
work done today (go figure).
> I hope you got my point.
Clear as crystal.
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