It is a time to gather stones. I made a diagram, that explains the results (the results on 06.11.2011):
I had the 1 goal: to have a clear view about opinions of users about the current ‘desktop’ paradigm. But questions in the my pool is organized by many components, because it was very important to clarify by which reasons users use (or not) icons on the desktop for running applications. Of course, this pool can’t give all necessary information, I will do investigations and later, but it can give some food for thought. And, how you can see, the results are very interesting. If we combine all questions by the one component (yes/no) we will have the next results:
81% vs 19%. Thus, only one in five uses icon on the desktop for launching applications for now. If we will count the questions where users can renounce from icons on the desktop (or already did it), the results will be next:
93% vs 7%. Fantastic! How you can see, the most of users do not use icons on the desktop already now and only the very small number of users do not want renounce this feature under no circumstances. It is a normal situation. Always will be conservative people, who do not want to get into the new way to use their computers. But really it is signifies that the ‘desktop’ paradigm has become obsolete. Of course, I speak about distros for the desktops/laptops (actually tablet pc use the peculiar ‘desktop’ paradigm).
If we speak about applicability the results of this pools on a practice, they will be taken into account in Mandriva/ROSA Desktop distros development. Actually, we fully understood problems of the current ‘desktop’ paradigm - that is why we started to develop SimpleWelcome. And no, we will not add feature ‘create shortcut on the desktop’ to the SimpleWelcome.