User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8a4) Gecko/20040927 Build Identifier: I am reporting this after reading a computer columnist's Nov 2004 column in a local business paper titled "Linux OS still not quite ready for prime time yet". He's a Mac & Windows user... he reported installing Mandrake Linux successfully, then downloading and installing Firefox, which ran the first time OK, but he was then umable to find a start icon. It might seem ludicrous to apparently rate an entire operating system on something this trivial, but I guess it's a valid point, similar to the "where did my download go?" issue that lead to the download manager Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Download FireFox on Mandrake Linux 2. Install FireFox 3. Actual Results: No obvious start icon for FireFox Expected Results: Figured out if user was running KDE or Gnome, or maybe some other desktop Added a start icon to the start menu, if possible. Prompted user to add a start icon to toolbar Prompted user to add a shortcut icon to desktop When I installed FireFox (or Mozilla) myself on RedHat 9, I do not recall being prompted for a desktop or toolbar icon. I don't use the start menu, so I can't be certain that there was no FireFox icon (RedHat includes Mozilla), but I don't think so. Although Gnome and KDE might be prone to disparate user configurations,I would think it possible to script some install procedure that would work in a majority of cases.
You hit a deeper question here. Should Linux distros be some kind of second Windows/Apple. Or should users learn a new way of working (consoles). I would say the later. (Personally I don't really care for the market share of Linux, as long as I can use it.) I would find it as experienced Linux user extremely annoying if a desktop icon would have been made. I don't use the desktop. And there is the problem of how to detect where to store start icons (like you pointed out) because of the great variaty of window managers and distros.
Ultimately, the best form of distribution across Linux desktops is distro-specific RPMs. There just isn't enough consistency right now to make a generic installer really workable, but that's just my opinion.
Assignee: bugs → nobody
QA Contact: bugzilla → installer
marking this as invalid since the installer is no longer included in Firefox Release Builds for Linux.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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