My Computer

Sven Burmeister sven.burmeister at
Mon Nov 26 11:26:48 GMT 2007

On Sonntag, 25. November 2007, Torsten Rahn wrote:
> > "this/my computer" is too generic.
> How so? "My Computer" maps pretty perfectly the limited abstract
> understanding of a non-technical person about things that get provided by
> their computer.
> > If Gnome uses "Places", how about using the same ?
> Personally I'd rather expect "Places" to refer to "geographical places".

I absolutely agree with this. Places is not an option because a) it clearly 
has a geographic aspect, even more if translated, and b) it means everything 
and hence nothing.

For the "normal" user a computer consists of the box on the desk, including 
the discs inside and the media attached to it. That's it. That user has to 
get the hint of the lable, not those that know already.

Places does not refer to harddisk, neither to removable media or whatever 
device is attached to a computer. Computer does not refer 100% to 
network-folders or alike, but it clearly does to harddisk and removable media 
and given that a network consists of computers it even does a bit.

So while Computer is not perfect, Places is just meaningless.

Further, where does one put links to system-wide and kde-settings? It does 
have some relation to (This) Computer, it does not to Places.

One could call it "Files" because that is what you can access in any of the 
things meant for that tab. However this would somehow exclude system-settings 
and kde-settings which IMHO also belong in there since there is no "settings 
tab" in kickoff.


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