This is my thoughts/wish list for Blag
I selected Lxde As I feel it's more in keeping with Blags aims and "greener". If it wasn't Lxde I'd like Xfce.
Gnome: I don't use it any more now mono applications are a dependency. I think Mono is divisive and more and more mono apps seam to be creeping in to gnome. nuff said. Not my cup of tea.
Xfce4: I'm an Xfce user so it's my personal favourite. Though I use Rox-filer on all my machines. If I do an install on widows users machines I install xfce4.6 as it's very user friendly. I do configure the panel: Main menu > utility's > web > multimedia > graphics > office. With the default application at the top of the list, and a few other tweaks like wicd for the network management. And iceweasel for browser as they tend to be familiar with Firefox. After the first week I've not got any calls about usability. If I could choose, Xfce would be my personal choice. I runs OK on my 333 MHz 256 MB machine and fast on my normal 800MHZ machine. However if Blag still has the same aims. I feel Lxde fulfils the criteria better, for a larger amount of ordinary people around the world. With out the need for them to delve into the CLI.
"blag - le brixton Linux action group works to overthrow corporate control of information and technology through community action and spreading Free Software."
To do this I believe like dyne-bolix, it needs to be as light as possible while remaining fully featured and easy to use. I think Lxde is most suited on these point's. I admit I have no figures to base this on. I did look and if anyone can point me to some showing most people have faster machine's I'd go with Xfce :)
Lxde: It's light, easy to use and enables people on old hardware to run free-software. Basically openbox married to pcmanfm (both gpl'd) with add ons, it's modular so no huge dependency's. It basically mimics the XP style. I think with a menu in the bottom left to aid transition for new users (I always put it at the top and memory foggy). I would imagine many oppressed people would appreciate at least having a blag install, start off light as opposed to heavy, and have to try and down grade. While this wish list is up I'd say a script on install to offer a choice or recommend a choice dependent on peoples hardware maybe a good idea, if it is not hard to implement and the devs want a dual option.
lxde-icon-theme - LXDE Standard icon theme
lxde-settings-daemon - LXDE settings daemon
lxinput - a program to configure keyboard and mouse settings for LXDE
lxmenu-data - freedesktop.org menu specification required files for LXDE
lxrandr - simple monitor config tool for LXDE
lxsession-edit - configure what application start up automatically in LXDE
lxterminal - desktop independent vte-based terminal emulator
libmenu-cache-dev - an implementation of the freedesktop menu specification for LXDE
libmenu-cache0 - an implementation of the freedesktop menu specification for LXDE
lxappearance - a new feature-rich GTK+ theme switcher
lxde-common - the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment configuration data
lxde-core - Meta-package for the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment Core
lxde - Meta-package for the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment
lxmusic - The minimalist music player for LXDE
lxsession - a lightweight X11 session manager
lxnm as a network manager is in the works
http://mirror.geeksoc.org/fosdem/2009/l ... e.xvid.avi
What ever environment is chosen is ultimately up to the people that want to and can develop it. As I can't! I offer my comment's for the idea's and thought's. Maybe people should have a week on each to see what they feel.
Just for the heck of it, and in case others aren't familiar with them.
Other apps on my personal wish-list would be:
clive, cclive, and abby for youtube
geeqie image viewer. Fast light and lots of options.
Rox-filer. Fast light and lots of options.
clawsmail. As a stand alone gui mail app
apt! (was in previous version of Blag. a boon to those of us used to Debian)
mplayer. media player
transmission. torrent client
guake. drop down terminal I use it full screen
tilda. drop-down pop-up terminal I use it for media wget clive mplayer etc
abiword. light word processor
xarchiver. file compression app
dillo2. Web-browser, file browser.
pidgin. multi chat, irc
epdf. light PDF reader
wicd. Network manager. Light fast easy to use. Works!
open office writer, draw, calc
A "web-top" link
? for abiword
The more difficult decision for me is a default browser
iceape/seamonkey suit. Webbrowser, mail, rss, irc, addressbook, composer
Just for interest QT apps I always install
K9copy. The best DVD ripper bar none.
K3B. CD DVD burner
Arora. light browser