more, Ubiquity Slideshow for Ubuntu

Dougie Richardson dougierichardson at
Mon Jun 15 22:22:17 UTC 2009


2009/6/15 mac_v <drkvi-a at>:
> where is it? Do you mean the wiki guide? That is online documentation,
> There need to be something offline residing in the system.

In the documentation trunk, it was included on the live CD.

Its being rewritten as a new install guide which is a major team focus
for Karmic.  The people most involved in this initiative are at Woscon
at the moment so I'd expect more feedback towards the weekend.

> Most non-tech users dont want to read a lot of documentations, an
> Interactive slideshow , explaining/showing how things by using
> animations/short clips , with the most minimal number of words is the
> most effective.
> Uptil now linux has been more for hobbyists/techs/users with atleast
> minimal gadget awareness, but to reach out to the most non-tech
> users[especially elder populations] things need more UI and minimal words.

That's going to be a popular suggestion on a documentation mailing list!

If new users haven't the patience to read our help (which isn't
verbose), I can't see them doing more than skipping quickly through a
slide show.

I'd also suggest that the "elder population" are more inclined to read
a manual, its certainly been by experience.

> 1: This is why slideshow needs to be more user interaction driven rather
> than just a timed slideshow.Allowing the slideshow to continue at a
> timed speed is not ideal, not everyone in well versed with english/any
> other native language, some take time to read even their own native
> language either due to vision problems/literacy levels.

Wait, what? This doesn't address internationalisation and translation
but yes, timing wouldn't be the best option.

> To prevent this the slides need to progress only when the user clicks
> "next". i find that the latest version has this. pls maintain it.


Dude, I'm on the documentation team.  I didn't create this
application, its separate to us.  Our input is likely to only be the

> 3: the information regarding other systems is because , right now Ubuntu
> is not a major OS, not many people come to Ubuntu directly and use it as
> the first OS. Since there are quite a few who are not able to find their
> way[for example the freak "student" who didnt attend college and
> returned her ubuntu laptop since she didnt have powerpoint software!].
> there are a lot of such people, especially the non-tech users really
> struggle to even realize that Windows is just an OS and other linux
> programs will do the same workload as windows.
> The stuff about other OS needs to be minimal... like example: If the MY
> computer is windows is the same as Computer or Applications is same as
> programs. {might sound silly to us ,but people do ask!}.


Ubuntu is a major operating system, despite Windows having larger numbers.

I'd also suggest that the basic idea is a good one but as it expands
into something as huge as is being proposed here, there is a lot of
crossover with other initiatives (documentation, training and learning
for example) that introduces duplication of effort and the potential
for causing more confusion than it solves.


Dougie Richardson
dougierichardson at

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