[openbeos] Re: on SoftwareValet for OBOS

  • From: "zoe" <zoefly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 13:39:13 GMT

Just want to agree with everything below.
I am a complete techno dummy who was an avid beos fan.
I really not understand half these posts but I extremely
gratefull and want to show my full support to OBOS
(and BeUnited and everyone else working in in the old Be seams).

Anyway please remember  KISS (Keep it Simple) so
that lowely ludites like myself will one day find OBOS a joy to use
due to your excellent user friendly work.


>User input again.... (bit more than 0.02 worth though)
>>> > > The installers in Linux and QNX are way too complex for 
>>> > > K.I.S.S, can you imagine your mother using it?
>Ever tried to show your grandfather, mother, kid sister or brother how 
>to use RPM's in Linux? As far as general users go, Linux things are 
>involving for even the simplest process. To many buttons, to many 
>options and a really BAD interface that isn't intuitive.
>This internet install thing is also a PITA. Americans assume the rest 
>of the world has free unlimited fast internet - remember BeOS was a 
>worldwide hit. Can you imagine the use that internet installs are 
>to be to a class full of kids in Mozambique on a 14.4k dial up? People 
>worldwide were attracted to BeOS because it makes more of less, its 
>cheaper than MS, plus it gives a grounding in UNIX-style systems.
>So I would suggest:-
>1) Not having to load another app to install my application, it works 
>well having a central site like BeBits that holds apps, which people 
>download and install.
>2) When I install software, I want to double click it, and it installs 
>- even if its just a bash script. 
>3) The installer should have the minimum of options, buttons etc. 
>'click and go'
>4) Uninstall really should be implemented. As a prefs panel?
> If OpenBeOS is going to go anywhere you guys need to hold back on the 
>cool geeky features a little. BeOS attracted people from the Mac world 
>as well as the Windows world, not everyone is a console jockey. 
>The Packages in BeOS are pretty good to install from a user point of 
>view, and I haven't found them particularly tricky to make (although 
>most Bebits software devs seem to have never seen the Packager app? :) 
>Un-installing is a bit tricky though. Can we not collect the install 
>logs from package installs and reverse then in an uninstall app?
>Keep your feet on the ground and keep up the work guys, but if you 
>your efforts on OpenBeOS to be worthwhile, you need to make the OS 
>potential new users want, as well as the super cool rocket engine mk 
>that we all want. We need to rebuild and expand this community big 
>Matt (M)

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