Feedback from What New Users Want BoF at ubucon

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Thu Aug 24 17:12:00 BST 2006

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On Aug 21, 2006, at 4:24 AM, Corey Burger wrote:
> On 8/20/06, Sebastian Heinlein <glatzor at> wrote:
>> On Sa, 2006-08-19 at 22:13 -0700, Corey Burger wrote:
>>> On 8/19/06, Oliver Grawert <ogra at> wrote:
> ...
>>>> On Fr, 2006-08-18 at 16:52 -0700, Corey Burger wrote:
>>>>> The other issue was that of the LiveCd. Once you get into the 
>>>>> desktop, it is not apparently clear that you are running a LiveCD.
> ...
>> May I ask what the root of this issue is? Did the user expect that 
>> their changes would be permanently? If yes, I think that both 
>> solutions won't be sufficient.
> The issue was that users were totally unaware that they were on a
> LiveCD as there was not indication.

I think that's begging the question. It's missing the mental step that 
many people new to Linux distributions will have to go through: "What 
on earth is a 'live CD'? Is the other CD a dead one?"

In the Breezy cycle I suggested renaming the live CD to the "Test Drive 
CD", which would eliminate that step.

> Matt, Jordan Mantha and myself spoke about it briefly and given that a 
> full app was rejected, a notification icon was accepted as a possible 
> solution.

"Notification icon" is an oxymoron. :-)

I like the idea of a custom desktop background, though to be useful it 
would perhaps need to be generated by localization -> SVG -> Jpeg.

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