We are moving ahead with our new thin client deployment and upgrade. I have started to make changes to OpenSuse to better interact with our user community. I stripped out the default applications from the main-menu and started to move in our own software. I'll be taking each application and finding a "Group" for it and eliminate the older cascading menus that were previously used. The testing that was done in the creation of main-menu was accurate by my observations; users will barely only go 1 menu deep into cascading menus. Once they find their applications they pull them to the gnome-panel and then never look in those menus again. It's important to keep software options in front of them so they find new things.
This is a shot of main-menu running with just the start of the custom packages. 100s more to go :)
I designed a quick python/glade dialog to help users flip between 2D and 3D. The dialogs on OpenSuse and Fedora are not strong enough for deployment. People need to know what exactly they are changing, and what will happen after it changes. My scripts will automatically detect Xservers that support 3D, and run in 2D when users roam around the City to different devices. (shot of my first dialog is below) [ I tried to put on a users hat when coming up with advantages/disadvantages and they will change.]
The wallpaper is of Clearwater Beach, about 15 minutes from Largo City Hall, here it is if you would like to use it: