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Re: Ask yourself...
On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:10:12 -0500
Tim Bernhard <ohiomoto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> What should Lubuntu do?
> I realize that being lightweight is a major focus for Lubuntu and I agree
> 100%. But keep in mind that the average user will have expectations for
> their OS and that not everyone will use it only on older hardware (Lubuntu
> is too nice not to use it on modern hardware!)
> My main point is that Lubuntu should be for "everyone" and not just us
> "tweakers and geekers". I want to be able to install it on anyone's
> computer and not have to worry about what it won't do for them.
> So my question is what dose the average user expect their OS to do "out of
> the box"? Pretend you are putting it on someone's machine. Maybe your
> mother, or the neighbor who has never used anything other than Windows.
> What will they expect?
Don't pick on mothers.
They expect it to look and behave like Windows, especially if they have been to classes at the local school or college.
> Here's my list:
> - be efficient (most overlooked by most OS)
> - handle music, video and Internet
OK, although DVD's can be a problem any most basic OS's.
> - find anything on my local network
Most people of the type you're talking about wouldn't no what a LAN is.
> - download and open files properly
I'd love that on any OS.
> - let me use it with external monitors/TV as a basic media player (HDMI out)
Had very few problems with desktop machines but, portables on the other hand. They seem to be either plug 'n' play or a royal PITA.
> - have basic office apps (even though I don't use them)
> - allow basic personalization (LXDE's lack of menu editor is a bummer, but I
> don't fault anyone for that.)
Again the sort of user you're talking about rarely customises their desktop beyond changing the wallpaper.
> Lubuntu has come pretty close to meeting my expectations. I've had to tweak
> a little bit and I might still be missing a few things here and there, but
> overall, I love it. The one area it blows everything else away is with it's
> efficiency. It seems like that's the most overlooked item in all the other
> Ubuntu variants I've used.