dc11 - 1.0


Jérémy Bobbio
Day DebConf Day 5 (2011-07-30)
Room Round room
Start time 11:00
Duration 00:45
ID 756
Event type bof
Language en

Could we make desktop users need their local Debian geeks less?

Debian is relevant for desktop users, but there is still many itches that require a local Debian geeks. Let's make a list, and see where and how we could improve the situation.

Debian is a relevant platform for desktop environments:

  • For people that just want to work with their computer, stable releases are very beneficial. They take habits that can last.
  • Major desktop environments are well integrated in Debian, with all their nifty features.
  • Our installer is simple and capable.

Unfortunately, users that install Debian on their own will have to call their local Debian geek at one time or another. It's all minor issues, but there are still default settings that require strange command lines, or knowledge of pretty technical terms.

This BoF would be about trying to list as many as possible of these annoyances. For each of them, we would discuss if it would be desirable and possible to change the current situation for the benefit of our less technical users.

Example of such issues: the installer asks for "domain name"; fsck does not use -y by default; there is no way to update from oldstable to stable from the graphical user interface.