Re: [Usability] Configuration of Gnome

It doesn't work
See past times this has come up
And Nautilus circa 1999

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 11:04 AM, Zarshark <zarshark gmail com> wrote:
> For the sake of all different users that use the gnome desktop environment,
> I suggest a new very simple application which can set the user type (i.e.
> novice, medium, expert).
> The idea is the global setting of a user profile that can add or remove some
> configurable functions of the gnome applications.
> In this way, a novice user can set a minimalistic desktop (default gnome),
> instead a medium or expert one can have more functions.
> To do this, the application needs to set a new environment variable that set
> the user type.
> So, every gnome application must read that environment variable and
> costumize their "Preference" menuitem, in relationship of the user type.
> This would be an extension of the gnome concept, mantaining the minimalistic
> idea for all new user, but allowing medium and expert users to configure
> more and a novice user to improve its ability IF AND ONLY IF he/she wants
> (that is an answer to the Linus Torwald's sentence "This 'users are idiots,
> and are confused by functionality' mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you
> think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it. I don't use Gnome,
> because in striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where
> it simply doesn't do what I need it to do.", without changing your
> perspective but giving to the medium and expert user more interest in this
> environment.).
> Regards
> Piero Dalle Pezze
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