jsyjr wrote:The focus here does not seem to be especially crisp. It feels more like "What would I like my machine at work to include?" rather than an attempt to zero-in on the expectations of clearly identified/targetted groups of users or deployment scenarios. What is the basis for believing that enterprises are writing off gnome? That premise in the original post revealed an enthusiast's (as opposed to an IT manager's) perspective.
Well - the premise seems to be to include software that opens the possibility of several use scenarios:
include any software that is needed to build a server or a business workstation.
I am an IT manager in a rather small company, and I don't find it unreasonable to make one cd or dvd that includes both the server and the workstation possibilities. On the contrary it is a convenience to only have to handle and test one medium, specially given the Sabayon tradition of providing different install or use scenarios with one medium.
A business workstation is not a very well defined term, and some people, like myself need to handle graphics others need other things.
Regarding Gnome/Kde - there are distros that offer both - but not in a very error free way.
I think for a business edition based on stable the most important feature will be to be free of errors and that is most realistically achieved focusing on either one or the other. Personally I never liked thus never used Gnome. (Just to mention one thing I never found a way to navigate and operate it without the mouse)
Regarding use scenarios the natural thing would be to be able to install a server or a workstation, and very nice things would be to be able to choose the packages during installation - maybe the choice could be limited to applications that run on top of a base set that are always installed. Another very cool thing would be an easy way to remaster a new dvd from the installed and updated packages.