Further to my previous post. I am in an email conversion with someone who wants to simply download Debian and wants to try out the various desktops first.
The choices at https://cdimage.debian.org/images/unofficial/non-free/images-including-firmware/current-live/amd64/iso-hybrid/
are pretty confusing if you are not sure which desktop is good for your needs.
Finding the non free version seems to be even harder, I can understand the reasons for this as Debian is a free software OS but this issue could be a barrier for people trying out Debian.
What I have been asked is, is there a live iso that can be downloaded with all desktops on, that one can choose which desktop they want at login. My response is more if you install all the desktops you can choose from the login screen, which is not really the ideal solution.
I am not sure what else to suggest here.
If the above link is anything to go by then you need to download every desktop create a live media for each one and test each in turn, which is not what people are going to do.
I think what is really needed is a site such as thishttps://whatcanidoforlibreoffice.org/#!/progornoprog/infra/learn
to help choose and explain the various Linux desktop environments, provide screenshots for each and more information, so that potential users can be given as much information as possible before deciding what to go for.
Given that we now have desktops with both Xorg and Wayland as a back end it should also explain what the differences and similarities between these are.
We really also could do with making it far easier to get involved, far easier to report bugs, if we expect people to contribute.
I did try and raise the issue of a site such as the libreoffice contributor helper thing (no idea what it is meant to be called, sorry), on the debian uses list but didn't seem to get very far.
Not sure if anyone can help, but I think given this is 2020, and we keep talking about the year of the desktop the whole culture needs to change so it is perhaps more user focussed.
Just a thought
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