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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

Hi,

Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses"

need some feed-back, please.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

Get rid of the stupid flash thing for a start Wink
I can't be arsed to look through if you can't even design a website that works without being Internet Exploder like
I smile a little at
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<meta name="keywords" content="vixta, vixta.org, vista open source, vixta, vixta.org, vista open source" />
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<p id="player11"><b style="padding: 20px; font-size:12px; font-weight: bold;"><font color="#000000">Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Macromedia's Flash Player.</font><a href="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"><font color="#0000FF">
Get the latest flash player. </font></a></b></p>
in the source code of the webpage Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:06 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

1) It's gigantic. On my 8MB line here, it took about 30 seconds to load. As towy71 says, cut the Flash (a lot of Linux users don't like it), and make the page much simpler.

2) Include some sort of statement on the front page as to what it does! I had to go onto SourceForge to find out the description.

3) Making Yet Another Linux Distro That Looks Like Windows is a bad idea. In nearly a decade of Linux I've seen countless distros like this, and they simply don't work. Not only will Microsoft get onto you for ripping off their design, but it's a really bad move.

The more you make a Linux distro look like Windows, the more that users will be disappointed and confused when things don't work as expected. I don't use Gnome, but I respect the way it strives for a mostly unique look and feel -- giving an identity to Linux on the desktop.

Apple realises this too: create your own desktop, your own experience, so that you don't look like a cheap knock-off of the leader. When newcomers sit down with a Mac, they see that it looks very different to Windows, and must work differently too. Giving people a Linux distro that looks Windows-ish will just confuse them when they stray beyond Firefox and OOo.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:56 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

Agree with others.. lose the flash! took me over a minute to load the front page. Reminded me of waiting for screen refresh on a 9600 modem line (oops showing my age!) Seriously.. don't they say that 50% of users lose interest if a page takes over 30secs to load?

Sorry didn't dig that deep, got fed up with waiting for the flash to load
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:05 am    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

I recall seeing a review on linux.com, which is subtly self-contradictory:

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Vixta is a new Linux distribution, first released only last month, based on the not-yet-released Fedora 8. Its main objective is to emulate the visual aspects of Microsoft Vista.


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Too bad the goals don't include feature-complete and stable.


Seems to me that they have achieved more than the emulation of the visual aspects of Vista.

Very Happy

I now await the criticism of all those who don't approve of my sarcasm.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:27 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

I approve of the sarcasm.

If i wanted something that looked a bit like Vista I would check KDE-Look first, rather than installing a new distro.
If i wanted something that looked exactly like Vista, I would buy Vista (just like I bought the Amiga CD32 and the Sega Saturn).

It's probably not the feedback you wanted, but had you considered making this a distro-agnostic "widget HOWTO with downloadable theme"?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

Woo, I bought a CD32 too! And a Saturn! But for 50 quid each Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:26 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

I got 3 CD32s for free, but I did buy an SX-1 pack.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

It took me right to the sourceforge site.

Yep, looks like Windows. Stop it. Stop it right now. As Mike said it is a BAD idea. We do not need another distro, we need people working to improve the ones we have.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

Also, it occured to me that if one wanted to attract Windows converts worried about upgrading to Vista, wouldn't it be better to make it look like XP, which they are accustomed to?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:04 pm    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

It's nice to see that the OP has taken no notice of the objection to the stupid flash stuff Rolling Eyes
DOS3.3 was the best thing that Microparp ever did Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:14 am    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

That is a great idea. A DOS themed distro.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:23 am    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject: RE: Vixta.org: Linux to the "masses" Reply with quote

I dunno ... I can see a use for it:

Got an annoying colleague at Work, who uses Vista?

1) Wait till they go to lunch

2) Back up their data for them (obviously)

3) Install Vixta

4) Restore their data

5) Sit back and enjoy Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I missing something or does that just look like a KDE4.x desktop? What's all this Vista talk??
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