I'm glad we're all talking amongst friends here. I have to keep my comments short, or these posts will end up looking like a book which no one will read.
I teach people how to use computers, and I've been teaching people to use them since I went back to college at PU in Indiana as an adult in 1995. During that time, I also worked in the Engineering Computer Network as a part time tech and I've had more than my fair share of time on Sun and HP Workstations. I'm 40 now, have a BS in EEt, and have built my own boxes since the glorious 386 days. My first Linux install was RH 4.2. I'm no super duper expert, but I'm no noob... That much I can assure you of. I could care less if I ever build another kernel again, though...
This is not correct:I think noobs are better served by clearly distinguishing what is a web browser and what is a file manager.
Web pages ARE files. Any piece of software on a computer (or the internet computers) is a file. There are user files, driver files, codec files, html files, xml files, php files, application files, kernel files. They are all files. But what I'm talking about is the "My Computer" directory structure option that was viewable in Konquerer that allowed me to look at my entire system at a glance.
Also: With the My Computer option set, I could open an "open", "save", or "save as" window in any application and have essentially the "My Computer" option in the left panel of any of these windows so I could "pick" where to put the file. I partition my drives with a separate /home, /backup, and /storage partition and I put various files in each of them at any given time no matter what application I may be using (Ooffice Writer, GIMP, Calc, etc etc). It's be nice to have that functionality again. Dolphin integration doesn't give me that ease of use right now.
Basically, when using the "My Computer" directory tree structure showing hardware and software in the same tree, Konquerer was the equivalent of Windows 98's "windows explorer" and THAT is what made people relax when I showed them PCLinuxOS and the KDE GUI. People KNOW how to use "My Computer." I need the "My Computer" aspect in Dolphin. Everyday computer users LIKE the concept of "My Computer."
And if you could please give us some decent default icons that would be really great... I feel like I'm back on a Sparc3 running Solaris (
) .... I'm going to reinstall 2009 as a dual boot with 2010, for now, in hopes that you guys and gals will give this some thought.
I DO think PCLinuxOS is THE BEST windows alternative to noobs. You guys are doing a lot of things that are soooo right for getting Linux into the hands of everyday computer users. Please don't take a step backwards now! And just so everyone knows, I do like a lot of the improvements in KDE4.
And I'd also ask one last thing... I still use Minidisc Players. There is a group that has a working Minidisc program for Linux available now, but it is not ported to PCLinuxOS. I've been waiting for years for this to get developed. It would be much appreciated if it could be added to the repositories.
The info for the group is here:https://wiki.physik.fu-berlin.de/linux-minidisc/doku.php
I don't know if you can do it, but I would appreciate it if you could. If you can't, it'd be nice to know if I could get help if I try to build it myself. It's been quite a few years since I've done a 'make' install....
Best Regards, my friends!