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From Panagiotis Astithas <>
Subject Re: Does there need to be a default web container?
Date Fri, 09 Dec 2005 10:53:14 GMT
Jeff Genender wrote:
> Joe Bohn wrote:
>> I agree with Aaron with regard to usability.   Users don't want to 
>> have to make any decisions on the first install (especially when they 
>> first pick it up for evaluation).  My mom doesn't install anything on 
>> her computer unless she can click, click, click and get it working.  I 
>> know our users are more sophisticated than her  ... but we want to 
>> make it as easy as possibly to get something working quickly.  We want 
>> to make this easy enough for my mom to install (even though she never 
>> will).  :-)
> So you think your average Geronimo user will have no idea what a web 
> container is?

I think this is the root of your miscommunication/disagreement: the 
decision to choose a web container has to stem not only from an 
understanding of what a web container is, but also from an evaluation of 
the relative merits of both. That is, Joe User may know from Servlets 
101 what a web container provides, but he may not be aware of what this 
choice entails. Of course such worries could be mitigated by a blurb in 
this particular installer page that mentions that both are OK, etc.

In the end, I think that not having a default choice (whatever that may 
be) is a rather loud acknowledgment of a fear to have the debate and 
make a choice :-)


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