[desktop] The desktop guide for 18.04

Gunnar Hjalmarsson gunnarhj at ubuntu.com
Wed Apr 4 22:33:48 UTC 2018

Hi all!

There will be an Ubuntu Desktop Guide also for 18.04. :) A preview 
version - translations will be completed - is available at 
<https://help.ubuntu.com/dev/ubuntu-help/>. Just like in 17.10, and 
since Ubuntu now is based on GNOME shell, it consists to more than 90% 
of pages from GNOME Help, more exactly these repositories:



So maintaining the desktop guide is to a large extent equivalent to 
getting involved in the upstream GNOME Help project. AFAIK there are not 
so many contributors yet from the Ubuntu community. I have made a few 
suggestions which have been committed, and so has Hannie.

We still make use of the ubuntu-docs repository, which includes Ubuntu 
specific pages and tools for building the HTML version of the guide.


As regards the HTML version published on the web, Doug and I have 
succeeded in addressing the long-standing 
<https://launchpad.net/bugs/1532537>. As explained in the footer of the 
pages, it's now easier to browse the guide in the desired display 
language. Also the server guide for 18.04 will be published with that 

Needless to say, more contributors are welcome, both for participating 
upstream and for giving the Ubuntu specific part of the guide some more 
love. Unfortunately our docs about how to get started is severely 
outdated due to the past year's changes. That will be addressed during 
the next cycle.

In the meantime, if you are interested in helping out, please let us 
know, and somehow we'll provide the guidance needed.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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