> That's the problem: many, many users aren't anywhere near "advanced".
That's why it's very important to give people a nice default that is well supported, well documented, and well integrated.
Forcing people to make decisions during install time and forcing people to install different distros, when it's very likely that they have no clue what those differences are, is evil.
> How about making the default behavior of the installation script(s) be to NOT install any cumbersome desktop manager and, instead, give them TWM (or VTWM) -- lightweight, and a fine jumping-off point for further travels.
Because that's insane. I can barely use TWM. For normal folks they need something that works by default. Forcing them to choose when they don't have the knowledge or understanding is evil.
More advanced users should not have a problem choosing their own personal environment.
> Stop asking/demanding that users be "advanced". A knowledgeable, user-oriented sysadmin can do it all at work, and for home-users, well, what are friends for, if not [computer] support?
I don't understand were your coming at from all here.
Even knowing there is a different from KDE vs Gnome is far in advance of 90% of the potential users out there.
You have to give them something that works, something that they can depend on working. Something that is robust, well documentation, and integrates well into the system and not force them to choose at all for anything.
It's not about making it easy for 'stupids' or 'six pack joe' or anything like that. I am talking about making something that actually works as expected out of the gate.
Then if users that are advanced enough to want to make changes from the defaults then there is nothing stopping them from doing that.