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Subject: RE: Keeping base, adding standard.
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Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 10:03:28 +1100
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Faylor [mailto:cgf AT redhat DOT com] 
> Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2002 8:10 AM
> To: cygwin-apps AT cygwin DOT com
> Subject: Keeping base, adding standard.
> 
> 
> Now that we have clickable categories, I think we should 
> consider not making "Base" the default installation, 
> defaulting to something like "Standard" instead.
> 
> Standard would include things like:
> 
...

> The rationale is that people can still select a minimal 
> install with base but still choose a usable setup with Standard.
> 
> How does this sound?

This comes back to what I said some time ago - that categories are
necessary but not sufficient to provide a good user experience.
Something like 'configurations' are needed (which may indeed be
categories under the skin) that builds user focused combinations like:
Workstation
Developer
Server
Minimal.

I'm very unhappy with the idea of overloading categories per se to
achieve that, but I won't vote against it. 

OTOH leveraging dependencies via meta-packages to achieve it makes a lot
of sense to me, the question is how to present it to the user in a
meaningful way.

Rob

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