By selecting one desktop you are taking lot of decisions for the user, not for improving her/his direct experienceActually, making those decisions simplifies the experience, making it better for them.
It is important to remember that:
Most people really don't want to use computers, they really just want to accomplish things and the computer is a tool they use. They don't particularily like them, they aren't an interest or a hobby, and they don't follow news for them more than they have to.
More software is not in the interest of the less technical user or businesses in general.
From the UserLinux perspective, look at the mission statement:
Provide businesses with freely available, high quality Linux operating systems accompanied by certifications,
Certifications are easier with a smaller set of software generate certification test for in regards to people and hardware (if applicable)
service, and support options
Easier to service and support software as a new employee or as an ISV if it's the same software you've been supporting in the past.
designed to encourage productivity
The idea tool is what you need and not much else. Though it is impossible to get a PC taylored to everyone perfectly, it is safe to say they don't typically need two browsers or two word processors, and the presence of both is more likely to confuse than aid.
Less software to go wrong.
while reducing overall costs.
Streamlining will reduce costs, and the licensing used for a variety of the software (avoiding free/commercial dual licenses like MySQL uses) helps too.
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