Installation - More user friendly
lucas at office.net.pl
Sat Mar 13 07:29:23 PST 2004
> Most non-technical people like GUI's because they neither want to know nor
> should they need to know the gazillion command line entries and options.
> That's the kind of thing that makes us "the pros" at what we do. PC's
> didn't become popular for home use until the advent of the GUI. Apple,
> despite many technical decisions that I can't agree with, are still with us
> because of the wonderful user interface. Windows, all bashing aside, is
> not the most desirable operating system for a variety of TECHNICAL reasons,
> but it still maintains it market share. Why? Because it offers two things
> 1) the comfort factor that comes with familiarity and 2) the "wizards" to
> accomplish fairly complex tasks by making selections in a GUI. This alone
> should point out that the user interface is NOT a technical issue.
> I think that the ultimate flaw in much of the logic I see here is in
> assuming that we, being the programmers, system administrators, hackers,
> etc., that we all are on list, know what end users want. We soooooo are
> NOT the average end user. I think I can safely say that we left being end
> users ourselves behind so long ago that we've forgotten what it's like.
> Think about what your Mother (or at least mine :)) would want to use.
> Actually having to go to the command line, when you've been trained by
> decades of M$ products that this a very bad thing to do, and type stuff in
> terrifies her. She's always certain that she's going to make a mistake and
> blow things up.
> 2 cents,
I agree with you in 100%. I remember when I first tried to install FreeBSD. It
was simply a Horror! After about three times, I decided that this is not the
day, when I install FreeBSD. Propably, the reason why I decided to let it go,
is that I was used to Mandrake's way of installing a OS.
Now, I thing that sysinstall is simply great. I could install FreeBSD with my
eyes closed. But then...
I thing that the FreeBSD need to decide, if:
a) FreeBSD is a OS for everyone = make a GUI installer
b) FreeBSD is a OS for those, who know more, that a "ordinary" user knows =
stay with sysinstall or something similar
The decision must me made, sooner or later (propably sooner)...
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