View Poll Results: which is easier to use, Automatix or Gnome-app-install ?

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Thread: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

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    Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    this is a comparative disccusion about Automatix and gnome-app-install's accessibilty and usability.

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    let me start...

    i think why many people still use automatix is because its quicker to use and more user friendly than that of gnome-app-install.

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    I've never heard of gnome-app-install, but I use apt-get

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    gnome-app-install is found in the Gnome menu at Applications->add/remove
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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    Aptitude with Synaptic (not often) for a bit more advanced package management. Never had anything I couldn't do with em, and I also happen to think that it's pretty easy to use once you learn (with my guide). Shameless plug .

    Oh and what's gnome-app-install, link? I bet my Aptitude command is faster than both anyway >.>.

    Edit: Oh LOL, Add/Remove, why don't ya call it that...

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    refer to the screenshots..

    in automatix, internet related programs is divided into four parts namely ( Chat clients , File sharing , Email clients and Web browsers) while in Gnome-app-install , its all found in the Internet section in alphabetical order.

    in my opinion, users can understand more if this is categorize like that in automatix, cause it creates less clutter.
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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by loell View Post
    refer to the screenshots..

    in automatix, internet related programs is divided into four parts namely ( Chat clients , File sharing , Email clients and Web browsers) while in Gnome-app-install , its all found in the Internet section in alphabetical order.

    in my opinion, users can understand more if this is categorize like that in automatix, cause it creates less clutter.
    Ok... that it? There's a box in Add/Remove called search, amazing how well it works. You can even type common words like "torrent" and "chat" and things pop up, and then check and apply. I just tried it out a bit and it returns right on results to most common queries. Anything else?

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by starcraft.man View Post
    Ok... that it? There's a box in Add/Remove called search, amazing how well it works. You can even type common words like "torrent" and "chat" and things pop up, and then check and apply. I just tried it out a bit and it returns right on results to most common queries. Anything else?
    well, i'm taking it one at a time

    what are the odds of a new user searching the keyword chat and torrent?



    i still think the method.

    present a category --> then present a small but popular software set of that category --> then choose to install

    is effective than,

    search a keyword --> bombarded with a large set of osoftware --> then choose to install.

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by loell View Post
    well, i'm taking it one at a time

    what are the odds of a new user searching the keyword chat and torrent?
    I think the odds are pretty good. When I wanted to find a guide for Ubuntu, I typed in Google "Ubuntu guide" and guess what I found... IMO people I know prefer a search based system rather than a divisional menu based method. Also, since Google is so prevalent, most tech users understand the concept of a "keyword" search and know what their looking for (or at least it's equivalent general name in Windows i.e. torrent)

    i still think the method.

    present a category --> then present a small but popular software set of that category --> then choose to install

    is effective than,

    search a keyword --> bombarded with a large set of osoftware --> then choose to install.
    Ummmm, ok, let me just pretend I'm a novice for a moment (not easy after 15 years with computers).

    I open up add/remove, see a search box and know I'm looking for a torrent client so I type in "torrent". Lo and behold two simple options appear ktorrent and bittorrent (by default only two, if you change the "show" option to "All applications" you get Azureus and more.). I then see that one (whichever is default to your distro) is already installed, so I can go and try that one. If I don't like it, I then can pick bit torrent (or other) or if I looked at the show menu and played with that (being a curious novice user) I would see more options displayed.

    Same applies to messenger, chat, etc... I don't see any difference. The search function works well, I just thoroughly tested it out. Again, that's just my experience but users are more accustomed to searching I think.

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    Re: Automatix VS Gnome-app-install, an Accessibility and Usability Discussion.

    more freindly software descriptions of automatix than gnome-app-install
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