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Create sensible start pages for browsers

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openSUSE-11.4
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The current start page for browsers is http://www.opensuse.org/ .

In my opinion the current content is not useful as a startpage which is kept by people.

I would find a very small page with a possibility to search the net useful like the following examples:

I don't want to promote Google but it's still the most popular search engine and what people mainly use.

As part of this possible change I'd like to have an offline start page which can be loaded (at least) in Firefox when the machine is offline. Can people come up with something like that? Just an index.html with some more files probably installed in a location where other browsers can pick it up as well.

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png J. P. wrote: (3 years ago)

The openSUSE page is part of our branding. Most browsers already search with google by default anyway and users can change the startpage. I don't think putting google as default is a good idea. What I do like however is the idea to have an off-line page - but it should be openSUSE branded. Anyone with some html skills could make it (even by just dumping one of the current openSUSE webpages), who's up for that?

icons/user_comment.png W. R. wrote: (3 years ago)

Note that I don't want to have a non-openSUSE branded page. But what I propose is to have a minimalistic site probably with a internet search option. I think even Google allows to have custom pages or embed the google search into own sites.

icons/user_comment.png M. D. wrote: (3 years ago)

What's a possible outline one would want for an off-line page?

I'm figuring no search engine obviously, no get-it button, or anything requiring online access.

icons/user_comment.png M. D. wrote: (3 years ago)

Are you considering it not uesful simply because it lacks a search engine?

icons/user_comment.png W. R. wrote: (3 years ago)

I try to estimate how useful the start page is for the majority of users and the current startpage is likely to get replaced by the user almost instantly.

icons/user_comment.png M. D. wrote: (3 years ago)

Okay. I get that. But even a useful stat page gets replaced by me. Most people have a home page they like to use. I use a personalized igoogle page. Some may use Yahoo page for email, etc. Let's keep in mind that Linux users in general are not average computer users and will customize what they want. Though, it is kinda funny ot have a start page with a "Get-it" button when it's already installed...so I buy what you're selling. Perhaps a page more tailored to getting help or directly to the wiki would be better. I may have mis understood you're point because you had posted links w/ a Google search. But I understand your philosophy.

icons/user_comment.png W. B. wrote: (3 years ago)

I totally get the point of this. On first opening of the systems browser a useless page gives completely the wrong impression (that the OS isn't completely thought through) Whether the user goes onto to change the page or not is irrelevant. For openSUSE to portray a polished, complete distro details like this need attention.

Opening a page which provides a link to download what I've just installed is about as useless as it gets. 

I think a page with links to news, the wiki help pages (that points to an existing page, not the one currently provided in FF which points to a non existing page, but thats a different issue), forums, shops and guiding principles.

Make them nice and clear and add a search box that's tweaked to search the web or any of the above areas of the openSUSE site.

I'll be doing some web site work this week so can knock up something for everyone to look at

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