On 12/21/2010 05:09 PM, Fabian A. Scherschel wrote:
Just a few points I wanted to get across after reading my backlog in
1) Fedora's branding, IMHO, isn't close to strong enough. Compared to
Ubuntu we suck in this department. So I see no reason to weaken it
further at all. Mo is right, we do NOT have coffee shop recognition but
that doesn't mean we should give up, bend over (as Nicu put it) and
surrender our efforts - even if it's only for one release. What we NEED
to do, is strengthen our branding and work harder. That is why I believe
we should reject this proposal.
The truth is, is was our deliberate decision to make the branding soft
to encourage the re-use of our artwork and derivatives. It was also made
to avoid possible trademark problems.
2) I strongly believe this move won't help Gnome. I love what
doing with Shell and Gnome 3 but I think they are badly mistaken in
thinking that establishing a default look via a wallpaper (of all
things) across their different distribution channels will strengthen
their brand. Gnome is a desktop, it doesn't have need for a brand in
this respect. What they need is rock-solid software with awesome
features (just think of the Zeitgeist mess for a second) and a
well-planned release. If they spend their time and energy on that it
will benefit them a lot more than us shipping their default wallpaper.
If the time we wasted with this decision would have been spend on
hacking on or thinking about Shell, we and they would already be better off.
GNOME is just one piece from the Fedora Desktop (and the Fedora OS for
that matters). X.org is another piece, Firefox is another piece and so on.
3) What Fedora needs most of all is more end-user focus, IMO. I love
upstream work we are doing, but the areas we need to improve is UI
polish, marketing and quality control. The first two things are areas
where we in the design team can help. We need to develop a strong visual
brand that the Marketing Team can use to propel us to a place on the
desktop alongside people like Ubuntu. We are technically better, let's
also be better in the other areas too!
Fully agreed, our desktop is full of flaws and deliberated
regressions... in F14 I can't even set my desktop wallpaper to be used
ad default, also in GDM???
nicu :: http://nicubunu.ro