Sometimes, there's just no sense in bucking the way things are.
A few days ago, I brought forth a smattering of ideas that represent the myriad of simple improvements that could be made in Desktop Linux.
Many of the problems we encounter in new user adaptation isn't in the code...it isn't that there aren't enough applications to get the job done...
Most of the problems I've encountered while teaching hundreds of people how to use Linux are in the GUI. They are either not intuitive or just flat broken. If I can find it, I will come back and do the edit later, but recently I was exploring Sourceforge and found a pretty cool Java CD and music burning app. When I installed it and took it for a test spin, a glaring problem showed itself immediately.
When I clicked the button to choose the music I wanted to burn, it opened the entire Linux file system.
Not the home directory...not the Music folder within...the entire file system.
You get the idea.
Now sure, you and I would roll our eyes, navigate our way to the folder we wanted and be on about our business, but this kind of coding shows at least two things.
B. A lack of understanding or concern for new Linux Users.
Another problem arises when developers choose the names of their apps. I'm not going to rehash the same thing...I did so enough in the blog referenced in the second paragraph above.
From the comments: As a general rule, programmers should never be allowed to name anything. The more competent the programmer, the more likely this is to be true.
As some of you remember, I have talked with our Directors about removing The GIMP from our custom respin and replacing it.
I shouldn't have to do that. Many of the children we serve suffer disabilities which either cause them to wear prostheses or they are restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of their life.
I'm simply not going to rub their afflictions in their face by offering them a program called The GIMP within the menus.
And yeah, sure...In Spanish, or Russian or most any other language you can dredge up, it will not hold the same negative connotation as it does in English....but it's English I have to deal with so for me it is an issue.
So, through the glory and genius of the GPL, we're going to fix this.
We, for our own purposes and custom respin, are going to rename The Gimp....and probably redo the splash screen while we're at it. Your artistic talents are welcome in helping us do so.
While other applications may have similar features, I don't think anything else within the Linux Desktop comes close to GIMP's feature-set. Many of our kids are amazingly talented in art and graphics and it's a shame to remove an app just because the name of it can be offensive.
But I'm not going to rename it...you are.
In the comments, I would like to hear your ideas for a new name. While you are at it, let's give the music player Guayadeque a shot. That is the main music player in our respin...in our opinion, it works much better and consistently than the other offerings.
The Directors of HeliOS will pick the best of the best and they will be put up for a vote on the 16th of May.
What the hell does Guayadeque mean anyway? (Note: I actually found it and it's explained in the comments below.)
So...what say you?
If your suggestion is chosen, we will either send you $50.00 US or a gift certificate from Ebay for that same amount.
We will stop taking ideas on the 14th of May.