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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?
Joey Hess 8 years ago
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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

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# 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

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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.