all41 wrote: ↑
Tue May 05, 2020 5:23 pm
There is a certain point regarding colors and branding though, does this ring a bell?:
I used to work in the automotive industry, specifically vehicle detailing, which - for those who don't know - goes beyond simple cleaning... In regards to vehicle exteriors, it sometimes went all the way to wet-sanding a poor paint finish before the usual compounding and glazing with a high speed buffer and then applying a couple coats of wax with a random orbit waxing device. We had a LARGE cabinet full of touch-up paint for chips and such, but also had to order some nearly every day. So I was working on a car one day when the secretary opened the door to the "dirty" part of the shop and yelled to ask me what the paint code was for that vehicle. Older lady, maybe the same age as I am now (lol) - but she was computer-savvy enough to burst into laughter when I replied, "Tell them it's BSOD blue." I then went on to get the paint code, of course - but, yes, that was once a very popular color in the computer world. Not popular as in well-liked, but popular as in "often seen by many."
I dislike most shades of green, and always have. <SHRUGS> The last time I allowed a company's marketing department to do my thinking for me was when I was approximately six years old and talked my parents into buying me a box of cereal that I had seen advertised on television. As we have always been (monetarily) poor, I had to eat all of the cereal. That sure taught me, lol. While I do occasionally wear a green shirt, that is very, very occasionally because I have been repeatedly told by the opposite sex that the color is complimentary to my hair/eye/skin color - but far more often, because I have to go elsewhere to do my laundry, and it's simply what is clean. In other words, "fashion" is something that I pay very little attention to, and give little attention to others' opinions of same. Form/function is all. If, for whatever reason, you feel that it isn't... try removing it utterly from your life and see how far you get on fashion alone.
I do find it interesting that the complainer's "marketing color chart" whatzit showed green to signify(?) "peaceful, growth, and health." You know something? That works for me! Something that works even more (for me) is that the green color scheme is Clem's personal choice. I have
to respect that. After all, he respects mine - and yours, and yours, and yours... and even the complainer's - enough to provide many
options for customizing what is HIS linux distro, and even includes a great many choices for those options so that we do not have to immediately begin searching the Internet for themes/etc. after we install it. Something else I respect: There are a limited number of Mint developers, they (presumably) volunteer
their time - and I am very grateful that they spend their limited amount of time on fixing actual problems / figuring out how to improve the distro, rather than spend a portion of that time worrying about whether the thing would be (somehow?) perceived as being better if they changed it to default to a different color scheme.
Speaking of which - volunteer labor and choice... This is NOT a commercial product
. Therefore, that whole concept of "marketability" can safely go straight to where it should have gone way back when early hominids were learning to chip pieces off of stones in order to make useful tools, that was considered to be the height of technology... and someone who didn't feel like working for a living thought, "Hey, I bet if I could convince someone that their stones would become a lot more popular if they dabbed a bit of ocher on them, they would not only make some for me, they might even go so far as to do all that labor-intensive hunting/butchering/etc. and bring me all the ready-to-eat mastodon meat I want." Which is to say, the nearest refuse heap. My guess
is that, while Clem would be happy if everyone chose to use his distro, he's not too bent out of shape that some folks choose to use Microsoft Windows, Apple... whatever Apple's OS is called, BSD, other linux distros, et cetera. It's a choice thing, yes? One of the wonderful things about choosing to NOT sell your product is that you don't have to worry about this kind of thing. I sincerely hope that those who choose to use his distro - and have the ability to do so - all make at least one donation. For that matter, I hope those in charge of the purse strings at Microsoft and Apple make sizable ones, too. After all, competition is a healthy thing. And when I paid attention to the "Windows world," I would occasionally notice that Microsoft's OS incorporated a feature that was common on linux distros. Years after it became
common in the linux world, lol, bur still. I would donate, and on at least an annual basis, if it wasn't generally a struggle for me to manage to keep myself fed (and, this year, with work being nonexistent and restaurants placing far less still-edible food into their dumpsters at closing time, that struggle is worse for me than it has ever been before
). But the only thing I can do is to make others aware of Mint, help those I encounter in the real world to install it, and hope that some of them will end up finding it useful enough to decide to make some sort of donation.
What I find even more interesting than the fact that complainer sort of figuratively shot himself (herself? IDK...) in the foot by posting that color chart as if it was evidence that green was a "bad" color... is that the person seems to have demanded that their account be deleted. Trying to be as objective as possible about that, the action strongly infers that complainer feels completely unable to stop logging in to the forum unless/until the person is prevented from doing so by a forum staff member. Now my takeaway from that little jewel of knowledge, subjectively
speaking, of course, is that I do not want that person's opinions influencing the developers of my distro-of-choice in any way, shape, or form. I mean... little kids have more self-control than that. And, while I do have a soft spot for children - and think they're great and all - I wouldn't choose to have them make decisions for the developers. I mean no offense to little kids, or to complainer.
It's simply the way I feel about it. Others' opinions may differ, of course.
For any in the audience whose attention spans wander after reading a line or two of text, to summarize the above: I don't care all that much for green, either. But, rather than let my autistic side take over and spend way
too much time complaining about it (which, apparently, is an option here
), I'm choosing to, instead, be thankful that the people who make the decisions on such things have decided to not only give me the option of changing the color scheme - but to also make it easy
for me to do so. As the years go by, my cognitive function declines more and more, and I feel more and more "lost" when it comes to "computer stuff." Even so, I figured out how to change the look of my distro installation almost immediately; the only reason it took me some little time to actually do so is that there were so many colors/icons/etc. to choose from (and that is NOT a complaint!). They've even given me the option to alter the color scheme of this forum, lol - for my own account, it's the blue color scheme. Others will go with one of the other ones. Choice. . . .