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authorJoey Hess <>2013-11-03 18:41:25 (GMT)
committerJoey Hess <>2013-11-03 18:42:09 (GMT)
commitdfca406eb694e0ac00ea04b12fc912237e01c9b5 (patch)
parent4d76118a1d97bcbf172e678033415a0451ee9d8d (diff)
Change default desktop to xfce.
This will be re-evaluated before jessie is frozen. The evaluation will start around the point of DebConf (August 2014). If at that point gnome looks like a better choice, it'll go back as the default. Some criteria for that choice will include: * Popcon numbers for gnome on jessie. If gnome installations continue to rise fast enough despite xfce being the default (compared with, say kde installations), then we'll know that users prefer gnome. Currently we have no data about how many users would choose gnome when it's not the default. Part of the reason for switching to xfce now is to get such data. * The state of accessability support, particularly for the blind. * How well the UI works for both new and existing users. Gnome 3 seems to be adding back many gnome 2 features that existing users expect, as well as making some available via addons. If it feels comfortable to gnome 2 (and xfce) users, that would go a long way toward switching back to it as the default. Meanwhile, Gnome 3 is also breaking new ground in its interface; if the interface seems more welcoming to new users, or works better on mobile devices, etc, that would again point toward switching back. * Whatever size constraints exist for CD or other images at the time. -- Hello to all the tech journalists out there. This is pretty boring. Why don't you write a story about monads instead?
3 files changed, 10 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/debian/changelog b/debian/changelog
index 7f6ebf8..3c84ff0 100644
--- a/debian/changelog
+++ b/debian/changelog
@@ -1,3 +1,11 @@
+tasksel (3.19) UNRELEASED; urgency=low
+ * Change default desktop to xfce.
+ Will be re-evaluated in August 2014, and may change again before
+ jessie is released.
+ -- Joey Hess <> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:23:28 -0400
tasksel (3.18) unstable; urgency=low
* Drop manpages-ru from task-russian. Closes: #661332
diff --git a/debian/control b/debian/control
index 919a6e7..d4d2dc9 100644
--- a/debian/control
+++ b/debian/control
@@ -45,7 +45,7 @@ Recommends:
# The order here is significant when installing this task manually;
# when tasksel installs this task it instead selects one of these based
# on the tasksel/desktop debconf setting.
- task-gnome-desktop | task-kde-desktop | task-lxde-desktop | task-xfce-desktop,
+ task-xfce-desktop | task-gnome-desktop | task-kde-desktop | task-lxde-desktop,
# For use by third-party apps.
# mdns/zeroconf stuff
diff --git a/debian/templates b/debian/templates
index 423aa87..24fe044 100644
--- a/debian/templates
+++ b/debian/templates
@@ -18,7 +18,7 @@ _Description: Choose software to install:
Template: tasksel/desktop
Type: multiselect
Choices: gnome, kde, xfce, lxde
-Default: gnome
+Default: xfce
Description: The desktop environment to install when the desktop task is selected
This can be preseeded to change the default.