Proposal intro software

Henrique Almeida hdante at
Fri Jun 26 22:25:19 BST 2009

 As a side note, the guide more or less matches what new computer
users would need too. There's a large amount of people who will begin
using computers for the first time (really) soon, and this experience
could well be with Ubuntu, so a possibility is to add "new computer
users" as a target audience too.

2009/6/26 Ben Corne <ben.corne at>:
> Ubuntro, an application showing how to work with ubuntu, aimed at "human
> beings" who come from using windows all their lives and now made the step to
> try and see beyond the horizon.
> I took this to #ubuntu, and they told me to contact the
> developers, so I hope this gets heard.
> If you're all wondering why I come with this proposal: I've hooked my dad up
> with an ubuntu install (after about 30 years of working with ms software),
> and many others already but they're all kinda stuck in the beginning.
> When I first told this idea to the people on the irc channel they told me
> "read these 20 pages of pdf".
> I told them: ok, saying rtfm but then a bit empathised isn't the ubuntu
> idea, so I'd really like to know if there exists some program that
> introduces people interactively to the ubuntu environment and went ahead to
> make up the folowing list of my idea of such software.
> Key Idea:
> A guided tour from within ubuntu (would be nice, but is it doable?) or a
> flash tour online (-> promo without having to install it first).
> This is a guided tour through the default ubuntu from a fresh install. 2
> tours are available, along with a search function allowing you to find
> quickhelp about every topic discussed in the tours.
> The tour should state that all software that is default installed is
> entirely free and maintained daily to listen  and act upon the peoples
> remarks and requests. (explains all the updates ppl will get, my dad already
> is thinking: so many updates, man this is one broken piece of software).
> |--------------|
> |Basic tour| U..bun..tu? Where to find what, from first startup.
> |--------------|
> Ubuntu, making a computer work for you, for free.
> - Start from "logging in after startup" ~ login window under windows +
> reasons for using both login & pw
> - Explanation of pannels (~ windows start bar) and multiple desktops +
> advantages:
> 	*pointing arrow to applications*: here you can find all your installed
> applications grouped by theme
> 	*arrow to quicklaunch buttons*: this is where you can put shortcut icons to
> your favourite programs
>   *how to add quicklaunch buttons
> 	*arrow to desktop: taskbar and hotkey for multiple desktop switching
> - connecting through a network (yes, WPA and WEP aren't familiar terms to
> most people) ~ windows just has "connect to this network please give the pw"
> - basic default software for what ppl are used to use:
>   * Nautilus ~ win explorer
> 	* Evolution ~ win outlook express / hotmail / ...
> 	* Firefox ~ win ie7/8
> 	* OpenOffice, all in one work suite ~ ms office
> 	* Pidgin, the all in one suite for msn, irc, ...
> 	* gimp, movie player (+ codecs), rythmbox, gedit...
> |--------------------|
> |Advanced tour| Ok, I know what I need to know to work, know I'd like to
> learn to mess the system up.
> |--------------------|
> Arr, show me them bits & bytes.
> - explanation about rights of files and examples of where to use sudoers
> rights
> - what do I do if a program is stuck (open htop? wait for it to turn grey
> then force quit? xkill?)
> - how to install software (both synaptic & normal add-remove)
> - basic system administration ->system menu hot topics like:
>   * appearance
> 	* keyring
> 	* display (when attaching a projector or 2nd screen)
> 	* ...
> - Having 2 partitions (People tend to like to do that, or get a pc with
> default 2 partitions)
> - packages you might need when browsing: adobe flash, java plugin, ...
> - adding a printer (had to guide my dad through doing this, even tough it
> seems pretty straight forward, he's 60 yrs old you should know).
> - ...
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