milky: thx, good job, some will surely find it useful and even if not apply the whole package, its a good archive to make the system's look better. a big plus would be if you could include some icon or iconpacks as well (havent unpacked the lha yet so sorry if there are some, havent seen in the description). i for one unable to get the whole IceFolders(Drawers) iconset, the same what is used at your screenshots as well, only parts of it (its not available anymore on patbest's site, or the install scripts doesnt work anymore...). I would be happy if someone coould share the whole ICE pack by patbest again!
regarding default settings, well, just a thought popped into mind just yet:
as i see MorphOS' default settings try to balance between a well known amiga experience (hence it makes itself to look "dumber" as it is fe. window cant leave screen)
wouldnt be that possible that durning the install process or at first boot (either from removable media or h/sdd) when you gotta set the screenmode/locale/etc... there would be a tab with a few simple choices of preconfigured settings where the user can choose from, what he prefers most, like:
Classic - Classic Amiga experience - Ambient with spatial, no toolbar,
no MyMorphOS, etc..., with some 3.1-alike skin and fitting mui settings
MorphOS Tradtional - About the same as in 2.x with Ferox and current-like mui settings
MorphOS Modern - Most modern features of Ambient/MorphOS are turned on (toolbar, windows move
outside of screen, etc...) with some new, or renewed skin (ferox 3d fe.)
with mui setting with less gardient and more metallic look fe. (just an example)
all of them with a few lines of description about its "features" and maybe a small "preview" image of the look. i guess (or rather hope) that making this "gui selector tool" wouldnt cause too much work for the Team and realizing the settings (only 2 or 3 + the current default one, maybe latter with a little facelift:) could be done with the help of experienced users/betatesters - it shouldnt be too much work or hussle esp. as all would be applied to a standard, clean system. of course it would be nice if the user could change the firstly choosen gui setting into another preconfigured one by a single click, but i could imagine that maybe this would require some more work - anyway, this skin and configuration files could be available to install them by hand at the user's risk if no better method can be achieved easily).
But i insist, that a fisrt time gui look-desktop behaviour selector would be a very nice addition to the system, maybe making it appaeling for those who only not tried/stayed with MorphOS coz them dont like the default setting of MorphOS (neither do i but i cared enuff to change it:) and they dont know how or not care to dig themselfs deep into settings and change it. After all its a considerable time to make the system being "yours", and duh this process can (and it should:) took years and it is a neverending story for some, im not speaking about changing every mui setting to your likes, but setting the fundamental things (this varies by every user) to feel the system comfortable and easy to use - for an unexperienced (with morphos or with amigaos in general) user it could be easily a show-stopper. providing them some choice between alternatives similar to 3-4 known gui/desktop enviroment (as fortunately MorphOS is being cool and powerful enuff to be adopted by almost everyone's taste), and with this simple choise the diehard classic fun whom MorphOS is alien like linux, throught the longtime and experienced MorphOS user to the newcomers who came with no amiga background but familiar with osx/win/linux. This way MorphOS could please everyone (to some degree) while keeps its unique identity and all its strenght (as all is the user changed is some settings after all:)
Ah, sorry once again for the long post, fingers couldnt stop hitting keys:)
Anyway, any thoghts on this? (I know that cli-heads, keep-everything-minimal-lovers and who-cares-'bout-users-who-cannot-change-the-settings type faces will disagree with the idea, but think about fresh blood, making the os appealing to them (and for some degree to those few, but likely still in hundreds, classic - or god forgive me os4:) - users who havent ride the butterfly coz of the above reasons - i've seen quite a few posts stating similar things). if its not too much work (or as i hope rather easy) it worths the effort - imho.
DEAD pegII/G4@1000.1gb ram.radeon 9200pro
240 gigz hd.nec dvdrw.MorphOS 2.4 DEAD